Editor's Note: White Hall beat Hot Springs 47-14. Check Tuesday's print edition for game details.
Marion falls to Pine Bluff 41-12
By Keionte' L. Brown/SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIAL
The Pine Bluff Zebras won on the road against the Marion Patriots 41-12 on Friday night.
The Patriots scored first with a touchdown run, but the extra point was blocked by the Zebras. However, the Zebras took a 7-6 lead on an 8-yard run by Tyler Foots.
Marion drove the ball inside the redzone but threw an interception in the endzone to Rod Stinson Jr., and he returned it for a 102-yard touchdown to put the Zebras up 14-7.
Later in the first quarter, Foots would get his passing game going with a 78-yard touchdown pass to Jyrimee Thompson to put the Zebras ahead 21-7.
Foots rushed 25 yards for his second touchdown of the game, and Martavius Thompson picked of a pass from Marion and returned it for a touchdown to put the Zebras ahead 35-6 before halftime.
Braylon Moody scored a touchdown from 1 yard out to put Pine Bluff ahead 41-6.
The Patriots would score once again in the final quarter, but the damage had been done, as the Zebras remain unbeaten in conference play.
The Zebras will host West Memphis Friday for senior night and will be playing for first place in the conference.
Star City has shutout win over Dollarway
By Ocie B. Brown/OF THE COMMERCIAL STAFF
Two Chance Johnson touchdown runs of 11 and 5 yards in the first quarter helped the Star City Bulldogs start fast on their way to a 43-0 shutout victory over the Dollarway Cardinals Friday night.
Along with Johnson, Alec Taylor recorded a 15-yard rushing touchdown in the first. The Bulldogs converted on a two-point conversion attempt after their first score, and place kicker Andy Magna also nailed two extra points to put Dollarway behind 22-0 after quarter one.
Dollarway just couldn't stop the run, and in the second quarter the Bulldogs kept pounding it on the ground. Alex Powell got in the end zone on a 2-yard rushing touchdown for their fourth of the night. Star City quarterback Sam Reed would then show off his legs with a 12-yard touchdown run on a keeper to put the Bulldogs ahead 36-0 heading into halftime.
In the second half, there was only one touchdown scored, and this time it was through the air. Reed connected with his receiver Jahmar Knight for a 3-yard touchdown completion.
Dollarway Head Coach Lee Hardman didn't have to say much to sum up the reasoning of the outcome.
"Star City did a good job of rushing the football, and we did a poor job of tackling and getting off of blocks."
Watson Chapel stumps Magnolia 59-21
By Andrew Mack/SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIAL
Omar Allen ran for 264 yards and six touchdowns on Friday night as the Watson Chapel Wildcats rolled over the Magnolia Panthers 59-21. Magnolia lost fumbles on four of its first six drives that lead to four Wildcat touchdowns. Dejuan Harris scooped and scored on a fumble with nine minutes left in the first quarter to add the defense to the scoring column ,and the 'Cats lead 20-0 at that point.
Allen opened the scoring after capping a four-play drive with a two-yard run with 9:55 left in the first. That drive was set up after the Panthers fumbled on the first drive of the night. Allen would add another touchdown 28 seconds later on another two-yard run after the Panthers fumbled again; the Wildcats recovered at the Magnolia two yard line. Harris’ scoop and score would occur 19 seconds after that to end the scoring flurry.
Devin Curry would only attempt one pass on the night, and it went for 14 yards. Chapel would keep the ball on the ground, pounding out 440 yards. Curry’s only scoring run went for 10 yards. Allen added runs of 10, 64, and 49 yards in the second quarter, while Harris added a 15-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats a 52-14 lead at the half.
Magnolia (2-6, 1-4) would lean on fullback Kadyn Roach all night long, as he ran for a couple of scores in the first half. He would finish with 234 yards and three scores to lead the Panthers. The Wildcat starters ran one drive in the second half, and they finished where they left off in the first half by going 61 yards and Allen scoring on a 23-yard run. Keandre Kendal would add three of four PAT’s after Watson Chapel (6-2, 5-0) would only be successful on one-of-five two-point conversion attempts in the first half.
This Friday the showdown looms in the 5A South as the Wildcats travel to take on the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams in a battle for the top of the conference standings. Lakeside (5-3, 5-0) won 49-14 over DeQueen on Friday night to keep both teams undefeated in the 5A South. The game can be heard locally on 98.1, the Hog.