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SBHS holds on for opening victory

Daniel Green | BWS Sports

BUNKIE - The South Beauregard Golden Knights jumped out to a 20-point lead about midway through the fourth quarter and held off a late Bunkie comeback, prevailing over the Panthers, 27-21.

South Beauregard (1-0) will return home this week to play against the Iota Bulldogs. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cecil Doyle Memorial Stadium in DeRidder.

The Golden Knights jumped out to a 27-7 advantage with seven minutes to go in the contest as Josh Dixon reeled in an interception, scampering 32 yards to the house for the touchdown.

Earlier in the contest, SBHS got a touchdown run apiece from Malachi McElhaney and Ethan Friend, along with a touchdown pass from Kyler Kibodeaux as the Golden Knights controlled the tempo.

But Bunkie scored on two big plays after the Dixon interception return, trimming the deficit to six points with a minute left, 27-21.

However, South Beauregard was able to recover the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to preserve the win.

McElhaney carried the ball 20 times for 112 yards and a score, while Kibodeaux threw for 121 yards and a TD, completing 7-of-11 passes.

SBHS head coach Dwight Hudler was happy to get the victory despite a few mistakes being made by his squad.

"We made some mistakes, but overall, we were able to fight hard and hold on," Hudler said. "They hit us with a couple of big plays, but we were able to recover an onside kick and run out the clock."