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Bogalusa defeated by Albany

Bogalusa was defeated by Albany, 29-14, in the District 8-3A opener on Homecoming night at BHS on Friday.

“I thought our defense played hard. They played fast. They only gave up 14 points and I felt like the offense, we had two interceptions with a young quarterback, who’s a freshman, but he’ll learn and he’ll get better,” Bogalusa coach Adam Brumfield said. “I mean, it was his first game to start and he’s got a bright future here at Bogalusa.

“Unfortunately, there were a couple of mistakes made offensively tonight and it wasn’t just him. We’ve got to execute better offensively. We’ve got to tackle better defensively and we’ve got to do a way better job on special teams than we did. You could tell that we had two weeks from a COVID break and we’ve got to execute better than that to win ball games.”

The game was scoreless through one quarter.

Albany put the first points of the game on the board when J.J. Doherty tallied on a 10-yard run to make it 6-0 after the two-point conversion was no good with 10:05 left in the first half.

Bogalusa tied the game late in the period when Ashton Levi hooked up with Raheem Roberts on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Roberts made a diving catch to even the game at 6-6 after the two-point try was no good with 53 seconds to go.

Alex Hinostroza hit a 29-yard field goal just before halftime to give the Hornets a 9-6 lead at the break.

Albany extended the lead to 22-6 in the third quarter. Doherty completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Reece Wolfe. Caleb Barksdale hit the extra point to make it 16-6.

Tyler Bates returned an interception about 20 yards for a 22-6 lead after the conversion was no good with 4:13 left.

Bogalusa capped off the ensuing possession with Levi hooking up with Roberts for the second time, with this score coming from 1 yard out. Talik Williams took in the two-point conversion, trimming the lead to 22-14 on the last play of the third quarter.

Albany made it a two-possession game with 4:10 on the fourth quarter clock when Tyrese Wilson scored on a 12-yard run. Hinostroza was good on the extra point.

Bogalusa drove to Albany’s 2 late in the game, but turned the ball over on downs at the 1:18 mark and the Hornets ran out the clock.

Bogalusa fell to 1-1 and will travel to play Archbishop Hannan on Friday. Albany improved to 3-1 and will host Jewel Sumner on Friday.