High school football: Benton rallies past No. 7 North DeSoto

first_imgAnother week, another second-half rally by the Benton Tigers.For the second week in a row, Benton pulled out a victory after falling behind by double digits. Thursday night the victim was North DeSoto, which came into the game 5-1 and ranked No. 7 in the LSWA Class 4A poll.Trailing 27-13, the Tigers came back to defeat the Griffins 28-27. Benton improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in District 1-4A. North DeSoto dropped to 2-2 in district.Last week, Benton rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit in a 27-23 victory over Minden. In Week 5, the Tigers trailed third-ranked Northwood 28-7. They got within one late in the game, falling 28-27 after a try for two failed,Benton coach Reynolds Moore is running out of words to describe his team’s grittiness.“That’s what I told them,” he said. “It sounds cliche. I keep saying the same thing over and over again. You guys are fighting like crazy every week. You’re giving us everything we can ask for. The defense has been put in some bad spots. Our offense has also been put in some bad spots at times. The defense was put in some bad situations but they just keep standing up and playing.”Two of North DeSoto’s touchdowns were fumble recoveries in the end zone. The Tigers also lost a fumble late in the game clinging to the one-point lead.But the offense came through when it had to. The Tigers cut the lead to 27-20 on a 43-yard pass from Clint Lasiter to Malik Antwine with nine seconds left in the third quarter. Antwine broke a couple of tackles after making the catch.The tying touchdown came with 7:23 left in the game. Facing a fourth down at the Griffins 29, Lasiter looked for Bubba Osby. The ball was tipped and Legend Denler was there to catch it in the end zone. RJ Moore’s fourth PAT made it 28-27.Even if the pass had been incomplete, the Tigers would’ve had a first down at the 14 because North DeSoto was flagged for interference.“It was kind of a freak play but it worked,” Moore said.After the Benton defense forced a fourth-and-14 situation, North DeSoto, which had timeouts left, elected to punt.The Tigers then gave the Griffins another chance with the fumble on a handoff following a high snap. Jeremy Hall responded with Benton’s final big play of the night, intercepting a pass and returning it to the 4.The Tigers were then able to run out the clock.The game was tied at 7 at the half. Sophomore Jackson Illingworth scored for Benton on a 2-yard pass from Lasiter. It was his second TD in as many weeks.After the Griffins went ahead 14-7, Lasiter completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Denler.North DeSoto then scored on Rykendrick Simpson’s second touchdown run of the game and a fumble recovery in the end zone, setting the stage for another Benton comeback.Moore said the comebacks the previous two weeks gave the Tigers confidence.“I think once you’ve done it once it gives you that mindset you can do it every time,” he said. “Even though we lost that game at Northwood I think we kind of turned the corner right there. I don’t know if we completely turned it but last week we come back again and get that win. “This week we win by the same score we lost by two weeks ago. I think our guys have finally figured out that no matter what the score is or when it is in the game that we’re OK, we can play. I just wish they’d give it that sort of attention, that sort of mindset for 48 minutes instead of 20 or 30.”The Tigers face Huntington Thursday night at Independence Stadium.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

AFCON Winner Emenike Urges Youngsters To Aspire For Laurels (AUDIO)

first_imgFormer Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has advised young footballers to always aspire to win laurels with the national team because the ‘great deal’ of trophies is often the only thing that makes international careers worthwhile.The former Fenerbahce and Spartak Moscow forward spear-headed Nigeria’s attack as the Super Eagles claimed a 3rd Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa, seven years ago, under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi.Looking back at the glorious moment, as well as the euphoria, paparazzi and fame that followed it, the 32-year-old, who retired from international football in 2015, said: “Winning (2013) AFCON was a great feeling at that moment, but I didn’t know how big it was till now that I have stopped playing for the national team and seeing the way people appreciate me when I go out there.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Emenike-May-9.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“I think winning AFCON is a big thing. So, I advise every young player to always put this in their mind that winning something for Nigeria is a big deal. You won’t understand how big it is until you stop playing for Nigeria. But it is a big, big, big deal – winning something for Nigeria,” Emenike stressed.Aside from helping Nigeria win the 2013 AFCON, Emenike also emerged as the tournament’s joint-topscorer with 4 goals, a feat he said he never planned for heading to South Africa.“Being the top scorer is great; it’s good, which is something I did put in my head before going into the tournament,” he said.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Emenike-2-May-9.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“What we had in our head was to win the trophy, but coming out as the top scorer was great. Aside from being the top scorer, winning the tournament, that is, winning those two trophies was a big bonus in my life.”The former Olympiacos and West Ham striker managed 9 goals in 37 appearances with the Super Eagles before his premature retirement from the national team in 2015 following a 4-year stint.Emenike is currently a free agent after leaving Belgian side Westerlo in 2019.RelatedEmenike Backs Obasi’s Super Eagles Bribery ClaimsMay 13, 2020In “Featured”2019 AFCON: Nigeria Lacks Star Players – RohrFebruary 13, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Tanzania Football Federation Guarantee Emmanuel Amuneke’s FutureJuly 3, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more

Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, February 26

first_imgDanny Kelly is joined by Kevin Hatchard to take a look at all the big football news from the continent.They discuss the fascinating title race in LaLiga – take in action from Germany, France and Italy, and debate who is the best out-and-out striker in Europe.This week’s European cult hero is the former Hamburg midfielder and one-time Fulham manager Felix Magath, and there’s also time to review all of the Champions League and Europa League action.Listen above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img