Crimson Tide to close out regular season
The Minden Crimson Tide will close out their 2011 regular season schedule with a home game tonight against the Northwood Falcons.
In the latest LHSAA Class 4A Power Rankings, the Tide sits at #13, which means Minden would host a first-round playoff game next week at the Pit.
But before worrying about playoff games, the Tide will look to take care of Northwood.
The Falcons started the season with three straight wins, before suffering a five-game losing streak. Northwood broke out of that streak with a 36-8 win over Huntington last week.
Falcon quarterback Colin Brantly had a big night as he threw two touchdown passes and ran for two others in the game. For the season, Brantly has completed 109 of 195 passes for 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns.
His top targets have been receivers Travaria Hogan (46 catches, 513 yards and four touchdowns) and Jamarcia Houston (33 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns).
Minden's big three on offense has put up even better numbers this year. Quarterback Turner Francis has completed 147 of 260 passes for 2,002 yards and 17 touchdowns. His main target has been Jared Johnson, who leads the area with 62 catches for 992 yards and 10 scores. Running back Cortavious Rice leads the Tide's ground game with 707 yards and five touchdowns on 146 carries. Fullback Bryant Stanberry has proven to be a big weapon in short-yardage situations with his tough inside running.
Defensively, the Falcons are led by leading tacklers George Roberts and Fidel Garza and Jared taylor. Taylor has a team-leading 11 quarterback sacks and Billy Winn (10) and Michael Terry (nine) are close behind.
The Tide defense has been tough on passing attacks this year, giving up just 98 yards per game through the air and a total of five touchdown passes. Raymond Nevels and Elgin Moore are tied for the lead with interceptions with two a piece.