The Watson Chapel Wildcats' win streak and season came to an end Friday night after losing to the Morrilton Devil Dogs 41-20 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. Watson Chapel (8-3) looked as if they were ready to run early as they scored on their opening drive to take an 8-3 lead on a 10-yard run by Devin Curry.
Collin Branch hit Berkarion Black with the two-point conversion pass and the ‘Cats were off and running. But Morrilton (8-3) would force a punt after the next drive and take the lead for good on a two-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jacolby Criswell. Jesus Arias added the first of his five PAT’s for a 10-8 Devil Dog lead.
Criswell would also score on runs of six and eight yards in the second half. Criswell threw an 81-yard touchdown to Tory Criswell early in the third to finish with 170 yards of passing, while rushing for 195 yards to lead all ball carriers.
Arias also added two first-half field goals of 40 and 34 yards, the first one giving the ‘Dogs a 3-0 lead after their first drive. Mason Adams had a 12-yard touchdown run late in the first half to put Morrilton up 20-8 at halftime.
The Wildcats did not have an answer for Criswell and would not be able to score again until the fourth quarter when Curry added another 10-yard run. Senior Omar Allen finished the Wildcat scoring for the year on a 23-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth to finish his high school career with a 104-yard rushing performance. Curry would get knocked out of the game in the final frame after finishing the season by throwing two interceptions and only 67 yards of passing for the game. Curry ran for 90 yards on 19 carries but was not as effective as usual because of Morrilton’s persistent run defense.