Minden cruises past Woodlawn Knights, 28-6
The Minden Crimson Tide dominated on both sides of the ball Friday night in front of a capacity homecoming crowd, beating Woodlawn 28-6 in a game that wasn't even that close.
While the Tide defense was holding the Knights to 89 total yards for the game, the Minden offense was racking up 332 yards, 17 first downs, and almost 30 minutes in time of possession. It was the most complete game played by the Tide this year, and kept the team on top of the district 1-4A standings.
The game started slow for the Tide, with their first four possessions ending in either punts or turnovers.
Woodlawn got on the board first when they broke their only big play of the game for 56 yards to the Tide four yard line, and then pushed it over on a couple of rushing plays. That would be the only Knight highlight of the evening. In fact, this one drive accounted for almost two thirds of the total Woodlawn offensive output for the night. The Minden defense would only allow another 31 yards for the game.
Minden started its scoring spree early in the second quarter. After an interception by JaCourtlan Richardson, the Tide set up at the Woodlawn 22. Cortavious Rice started the drive with two straight running plays for 9 yards. Quarterback Turner Francis kept the ball himself on third down and one and moved the ball to the Woodlawn ten. After no gain on first down, Francis threw incomplete to Derek Herrington, but came right back to Herrington again on third down for the ten yard scoring toss. Sam Shoemaker added the point after to give Minden the lead for good.
A bad snap on Woodlawn's next possession gave Minden the ball on the Knight's ten yard line. Two plays later, the Tide was in the end zone again. The scoring strike from Francis was to Javion Johnson, who made an amazing grab in the corner of the end zone. Again, the point after was good.
Ronald Richard recovered a fumble on Woodlawn's next series to put the Tide back in great field position, but Minden turned the ball right back over to the Knights after several plays. Not to be denied, Richard came right back on the next series with an interception, returning it to the visitor's five yard line.
Following a run for no gain, and an incompletion to Herrington, Francis hooked up with leading receiver Jared Johnson, again in the corner, for another Tide touchdown. Shoemaker again was good on the extra point, making the score 21-6 going into intermission.
The Tide would score once more in the game following a ten play, 67 yard drive. Rice led the way on the ground for most of the drive, with Minden playing ball control and eating up some clock. However, the big play came from the Woodlawn 31 yard line, when Francis again connected with Jared Johnson for the final Minden score of the night. Shoemaker made it a perfect four for four on extra points for the evening, putting an exclamation point on the best overall Tide game of the year.
Leading the offensive effort was quarterback Turner Francis with 18 completions on 36 attempts for a total of 228 yards.
The receiving corps was again led by Jared Johnson with seven receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Cortavious Rice added five catches for 39 yards, while Coltan Haynes added 36 yards on 2 grabs. Derrek Herrington and Javion Johnson both had one catch each, both for ten yards and both for touchdowns.
Rice led the rushing effort with 104 net yards on 20 carries. Tray Hawkins added 18 yards on eight tries.
The defense was led by Ronald Richard, Sam Shoemaker, Raymond Nevels, and Bryant Stanberry. The stifling Tide defense held the Knights to only one third down conversion all evening out of nine tries. They also forced four turnovers and allowed the fewest yards against them this season.
The Crimson Tide will play again Friday night for the first of a two game road stint against Huntington.
A special thanks to Mark Chreene and KASO radio for providing the game stats.