And then there was one.
Captain Shreve, ranked No. 1 in the Class A Power Ratings, and Natchitoches Central, No. 8 in the same rankings, brought their spotless records and confident teams to Lee Hedges Stadium Friday night with the hopes and dreams of their respective student bodies on the line.
And thanks to a superb running attack, the Gators took charge of the District 1-5A race with a 31-20 victory in front of a nearly packed house. It was the kind of night made for football and the teams gave fans plenty to revel in.
“You always want to be undefeated, but now we have a strangle hold on the district championship,” Shreve coach Bryant Sepulvado said. “I told the kids that somebody has to beat us to take it away so we’re in the driver’s seat.”
The Gators (7-0, 4-0 1-5A) got a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Kenyon Terrell, one from Matt Hall and a clincher from four-star recruit Kendrick Law Jr. in the closing minutes. It’s the first time since 1985 for Shreve to be undefeated at this point.
Natchitoches Central (6-1, 3-1) fell behind 24-0 but pulled within 24-20 midway through the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of touchdowns by quarterback Brian Young Jr. and one from Braylin Demars. But the Gator defense turned the visitors away twice on fourth down conversion attempts to remain in the lead.
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