Watson Chapel opened the conference race by beating the Hot Springs Trojans on Friday night 21-14. It looked as if the ‘Cats would blow the game open early in the first quarter when Ricky Farver scored on a nine-yard touchdown run on their first possession.

Ghailan Fadah would make the point-after for a 7-0 Wildcat lead with six minutes left in the first. Both teams would trade punches the rest of the half until Hot Springs would get on the board to tie the game with a 25-yard touchdown from Chris Stewart to Terrance Floyd with 46 seconds left in the half.

Hot Springs (0-4, 0-1) would take the lead early in the fourth when they recovered a botched snap in the end zone on a punt attempt. Stewart made the recovery, and Christian Jovel added his second PAT for a 14-7 Trojan lead. Chapel would respond on the next drive with a 52-yard Jalen R. Williams touchdown pass to Berkarian Black. The missed point-after left the home team trailing by a point.

The ‘Cats would recover the fumbled kickoff and attempt a 24-yard field goal. The kick was blocked to keep the Wildcats down 14-13. Hot Springs would again fumble on their ensuing possession, and the Wildcats would capitalize with a six-yard run by Omar Allen to put the ‘Cats up 19-14. An offsides penalty against the Trojans moved the ball to the one on the conversion, and Allen would run it in to make the final margin. Hot Springs would drive inside Watson Chapel (2-2, 1-0) territory on the next drive, but the Wildcat defense held and turned the Trojans over on downs to end the game.

Next week the Wildcats will face their first road trip of the season as they travel to take on the DeQueen Leopards. Pregame begins at 6:30 p.m. with the kickoff set for 7 p.m. The game can be heard locally on 98.1, the Hog.