In a heart-stopping playoff showdown, the Northwest Raiders emerged victorious over the Cecilia Bulldogs, securing a spot in the next round of the LHSAA Football Playoffs. The game, held at Cecilia High School on Friday, December 1, 2023, was a nail-biter from start to finish, with both teams showcasing their impressive talent and determination.
What it is: Varsity Football
Matchup: Northwest Raiders vs Cecilia Bulldogs
Game Type: Playoff
Bracket: 2023 LHSAA Football Playoffs (Louisiana) – Division II Non-Select
Time: Friday Dec 1, 2023, 7:00 PM (Local Time)
Locations: Cecilia High School – (LA)
Live Stream: Watch here
From the opening kickoff, the intensity was palpable as both teams fought for every yard and every point. The Raiders took an early lead in the first quarter with a touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Savard to wide receiver Devonta Smith. However, the Bulldogs responded quickly with a touchdown run from running back Johnathan Prime, tying the game at 7-7.
The second quarter proved to be a defensive stalemate, with neither team able to break the tie. Both teams had their chances to score, but penalties and turnovers kept the points off the board. As the clock ticked down to halftime, the score remained 7-7.
The third quarter saw a resurgence from the Raiders offense. Savard led a charge downfield, culminating in a touchdown pass to Smith for his second score of the game. The Bulldogs attempted to answer, but their drive stalled, and the Raiders maintained their 14-7 lead heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter was a whirlwind of action, with both teams exchanging touchdowns. The Bulldogs closed the gap to 14-13 with a touchdown run from Prime, but the Raiders responded with a touchdown run of their own from running back Ja’Marcus Bradley to extend their lead to 21-13.
The Bulldogs refused to give up, mounting a late-game drive that ended with a touchdown pass from quarterback Deacon Guidry to wide receiver Jayden Thibodeaux. However, the Raiders’ defense held strong in the final minutes, securing a thrilling 21-20 victory.
The Raiders’ victory was a testament to their teamwork, resilience, and ability to execute under pressure. Savard led the offense with two touchdown passes, while Smith and Bradley each had a touchdown reception. On the defensive side, the Raiders were able to limit the Bulldogs’ big plays and force key turnovers.
The Bulldogs, despite the loss, played a valiant game and showed their fighting spirit. Prime and Thibodeaux were both bright spots for the offense, while Guidry managed the game well at quarterback. The Bulldogs’ defense made several key stops, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raiders’ offensive firepower.
The Raiders’ victory moves them on to the next round of the LHSAA Football Playoffs, where they will face a formidable opponent. The Bulldogs, despite the setback, will look to regroup and prepare for next season. The future of Cecilia football remains bright, and they will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.
Here is a complete guide on how to watch Northwest vs. Cecilia Boys Football game on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 7:00 pm ET.
Here are the steps on how to watch the game on NFHS Network:
- Go to NFHSNetwork.com
- Create an account or sign in
- Purchase a subscription
- Select the Northwest vs. Cecilia game
- Enjoy the game!
The game will also be available on local radio stations. Please check your local listings for the station that will be carrying the game.