Byrd-Calvary contest offers up just what the doctor ordered

FootballAthletics, Football

Jimmy Watson

Shreveport Times

It’s been a long time coming but we finally had live football action in Shreveport-Bossier City on Thursday night when Byrd and Calvary met in their annual clash of the titans at Lee Hedges.

The sigh of relief was palpable for two teams that made it to their first contest of 2020 without COVID-19 rearing its ugly head. The virus erased at least two games of Friday leaving Lakeview and D’Arbonne Woods without their scheduled openers.

But on a near perfect, 72-degree night for football, the Byrd band was rapping out tunes aplenty, cheerleaders on both sides were stretching their vocal chords and the athletes put on a show worthy of a night many thought might not come until sometime in 2021.

A pair of short Venzell Thompson runs and a 94-yard kickoff return by Mitchell Ramsey staked the Jackets to a 21-7 halftime lead, but Calvary had touchdown throws of 64 and 77 yards in the third quarter to knot the game at 21.

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