Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Crimson Tide to take on Raiders


Minden High looks to stay unbeaten in District 1-4A play

The Minden Crimson Tide improved to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in district with their 28-6 win over Woodlawn last week.

In the Week 6 Power Rankings supplied by the LHSAA, the Crimson Tide sits at #15 with 11.56. If they continue at that pace, the Tide would have a first-round home playoff game.

This Friday night the Tide will play their first road district game as they head to Shreveport to take on the Huntington Raiders. The game will be played at Northwood High School.

Huntington's strength this season was to be their offense, which included play making receivers Chance Chambers, Adam Martin and Cameron LaCoure and running back Damien Jiggets. But the offense is only scoring an average of 13 points per game, although in their two wins, the Raiders averaged 30 points per game.

The last two weeks, the raiders have only scored two touchdowns, one on a 22-yard pass to LaCoure with 1:34 remaining. against Benton, and a 37-yard scoring pass from Jiggets to Chambers against Fair Park.

But as bad as the Raiders' offense has been, the defense has been worse. Huntington is giving up an average of 32 points per game, and haven't allowed less than 15 points in any of their games this season. Four of their opponents have scored at least 40 points on them.

All this will be good news for the Crimson Tide. The Tide offense has had it's ups and downs this season, but is averaging 18.6 ppg. The team puts up an average of 310 yards per game (210 passing and 100 rushing).

First-year starting quarterback Turner Francis has been very impressive, as he has put together a line of 112 of 203 for 1,395 yards and 12 touchdowns, which is among the leaders in the area.

Francis' top target remains Jared Johnson who through seven games has 53 catches for 826 yards and eight touchdowns. Cortavious Rice leads the Tide's ground game with 561 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensively, Minden is giving up an average of 25 ppg, but outside of the three losses to 5A teams, the Tide is only allowing 13.5 a game.

The Tide defense also has a total of 10 sacks this season, and the pass rush, led by Ronald Richard will look to increase that number Friday night.






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