The Minden Crimson Tide football team went into the game Friday night against Northwood on a high after winning their first game of the year last Friday and was hoping to go into the off-season with a two game winning streak.
However, those hopes were severely damaged only 12 seconds into the game when Northwood's Raysean Brooks returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.
And if that wasn't bad enough for the Tide morale, the Falcons scored again before two minutes had expired. As most of the crowd was still settling in with their popcorn, Northwood already had a 14-0 lead. They would go on to score on six of eight possessions in the second and third quarters to finish the night with the 47-14 win, leaving the Crimson Tide looking forward to next season.
The offense didn't fare much better than the defense, managing only 60 yards and three first downs in the first half. The Tide's scoring came in the second half after the game had already been decided.
The Tide's two scoring drives were for 65 and 94 yards and gave the bench a little life.
The first scoring drive started at the Tide 35. Taylor McKissack was the workhorse on the drive, breaking runs up the middle for 13 and 18 yards to put Minden in Northwood territory.
Quarterback Turner Francis finished the drive with a nice pass to Elgin Moore across the middle, and Moore finished the job with his feet, scoring from 34-yards out. Marshal Frye made good on a broken-up point after attempt, running it in for the two point conversion.
Minden then used almost the entire fourth quarter on a ten play drive, starting at their own six yard line. McKissack picked up 23 yards on the ground, and Francis spread the ball around, hitting five different receivers during the drive. In addition to Moore and Frye, Mikey James, Jacob Johnson and Joey Walker caught passes on the way to the score.
Francis ended the game with 13 completions on 29 attempts for a total of 154 yards. He didn't allow an interception. Moore led the receivers again, catching four balls for 82 yards and both of the touchdowns. Frye and James added three grabs, with Johnson and Walker having one each.
The James cousins, Mikey and Kyler led the defense with an interception apiece.
The biggest bright spot of the night was the continued excellent punting of Hutton Leppert. Leppert averaged 38.4 yards on seven punts, one a booming 63 yard kick.
Minden ends the season with a 1-9 record.