Porter, Vikings upend Carencro

In Thursday night's battle for north Lafayette Parish supremacy, the second half belonged to Northside and defensive tackle Tyler Porter, as the Vikings shut out Carencro after intermission in a 34-17 win.

"In the first quarter, they received the opening kickoff and drove down the field and scored a TD on us," said Northside senior DT Tyler Porter. "They were running trick plays and they scored again before we took the lead for good.

"We did the same thing - with some trick plays - when our running back, Terrell Alfred, threw a pass on a sweep to (wide receiver) Malcolm Glaze for a touchdown. Malcolm came down wrong and hurt his back on the play, but another wide receiver, 6-foot-5 Dwayne Benjamin, stepped up and made some big plays for us, including a nice TD catch on a fade route where he outjumped Carencro's cornerback."

Northside held a 21-17 lead at the half and the Vikings made the proper adjustments to neutralize Carencro's inside option attack for the remainder of the game.

"They got some nice runs on us early," Porter said. "They would go with the dive to Alex Johnson and the center was blocking down on me. They busted it for decent yardage twice.

"Their dive can be hard to defend, but our scheme was good and we just had to execute. You have to stay true to your keys and I stayed back and read the play correctly in the second half.

"I think I had four tackles in the third quarter, and (DE) Jordan Montgomery and I had a bunch of quarterback hurries in the game. My cousin, (CB) Tevin Narcisse, had an interception in the fourth quarter."

Northside, which now stands at 2-1 for the year, begins district play next week vs. Opelousas.

"It's homecoming week and we can't get all caught up in the festivities," Porter said. "We have to stay on top of things, because it's easy to get excited and tire yourself out with all the activities that are scheduled.

"Our spirits were high at school today. It's the first time I've ever played on a Thursday night and I think we should do it all the time."

Porter has a handful of scholarship offers, including one from Louisiana Tech. Defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Stan Eggen, who is recruiting Porter for the Bulldogs, visited Northside today.

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