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Northwest Defense Is Effective At Beau Chene

Editor.Consulting Writer

With the exception of allowing an early field goal, the Northwest High defense seized control of the Beau Chene offense Friday night.

The Raiders held Beau Chene to minus total offensive yards and claimed a second straight victory in the St. Landry Parish rivalry.

“I thought we had a strong performance from the defense. We were certainly happy to get the win,” said Northwest head football coach Chris Edwards, following the 29-3 outcome.

The Northwest win was the second straight for the Raiders (2-1). Beau Chene dropped to 1-2.

Beau Chene grabbed a 3-0 first quarter lead after Marcelo Sanchez kicked a 34-yard field goal. The scoring kick was the second straight in as many weeks for Sanchez, who kicked a 30-yard field goal for the final points in the Gators’ 9-6 win over Port Barre last Saturday.

After the Gators took the lead, the Raiders dominated the remainder of the game.

Northwest took the lead after Samuel Leday ran back the kickoff 80 yards. The Raiders kicked the extra point and led 7-3 at the end of the first period.

That lead lasted until the second when Northwest scored a pair of unanswered touchdowns to take a 21-3 intermission lead.

Northwest quarterback Jayden Chavis threw a touchdown pass that was caught by Leday and Raiders’ running back Javian Reese added another score with a TD run.

The third period was scoreless, but Northwest added two more scores in the fourth period when Reese scored again on a touchdown run and added two points on a safety.

Chavis threw for 118 yards off six completions. Reese gained 145 yards off 12 carries.

Reese, who was injured most of last season, continued to compile yardage which puts him among the top of the parish rushing leaders.

In three games Reese has gained 430 yards and scored seven times

Overall Northwest has compiled 907 total offensive yards. The Raiders are using more of a two-back spread offense this season.

The Raiders travel to Eunice High (2-1) next week for a non-district game.

“That’s certainly going to be a big game. It’s Homecoming (for Eunice), so you know that they are going to be fired up for us,” said Edwards. 

Edwards thinks the Raiders’ offense can be helped against Eunice by the anticipated return of sophomore wide receiver Regional Lavergne.Beau Chene is scheduled to play at Abbeville.