Oct 15 BTW writeup
N. DeSoto no match for BTW a Jefferson continues outstanding season as Lions roll. By Brian Vernellis bvernellisgannett.com STONEWALL The showdown between the two most dynamic running backs in northwest Louisiana became a one-side affair. Booker T. Washington's Jeremy. Jefferson had 201 yards rushing and three touchdowns by halftime, helping the Lions handle North DeSoto, 38-8, on Friday. The game featured Jefferson, the city's leading rusher who had more than 1,200 yards entering the game, and North Desoto's Jeremy Thomas, who's third in the area with more than 900 yards. It could have been a long night for the teams' defenses, but the Lions rose to the challenge containing Thomas with some success. North DeSoto had problems just catching up with Jefferson. He finished the game with 294 yards and four touchdowns. He could have had a fifth touchdown, but that was negated by a penalty. Thomas finished with 84 yards and a touchdown. In the end, BTWs speed was too DOtent for the Griffins. Anytime Jefferson Jefferson cleared the end, he had a chance for the end zone. Another play that yielded results were swing passes from quarterback Jared Taylor to receivers like Trey Veals. The Lions utilized Veals' speed to create one-on-one situations and pick up big yards. "They are jelling together and understanding that it doesn't take one person to be successful," BTW head coach Demise Loyd said of his players. "It takes a team. "They bought into the system and worked and dedicated themselves to the program." The Lions scored on its first drive - a 25-yard pass from Taylor to Jeff-ery Smith. North DeSoto had an opportunity to answer quickly when Brandon Turner returned the Lions' kickoff 71 yards to the BTW 8-yard line. The Griffins couldn't capitalize though as the Lions' defense held steadfast. hi fact, the defensive stand keyed a nine-play drive by BTW that culminated in Jefferson's first touchdown run, a 15-yard burst. Thomas rose to the challenge. His first touch of the night resulted in a 66-yard touchdown run and thrust the Griffins back into the game, trailing 16-8. "(North DeSoto) didn't quit," Loyd said. "We had them down but they still kept coming back and you have to commend their players and coaching staff."