RISON - Flashes of lightning, the loud crackle of thunder and a deluge of rain brought an abrupt halt to Friday night’s game at George Walker Field of Champions. But before Mother Nature had her say, the Rison Wildcats stirred up their own storm by making quick work of the outmanned Brinkley Tigers, 41-6, in a non-conference meeting, the first ever between the two schools.
With Rison (2-0) comfortably ahead and the weather rolling in as halftime concluded, game officials and coaches made the decision to end the contest as fans scurried for shelter. By rule, with a full half played and all parties in agreement to the decision for calling the contest, the game will go into the books as completed. Brinkley is now 1-1.
Before the game was even 9 minutes old, Rison had already built a 28-0 advantage with a blend of scoring runs and passes. On the second play of the opening period, Wildcat quarterback Jaylon Henry connected with RoShawn Martin on a 46-yard touchdown pass. Justin Jacobs booted the first of his 5 straight PAT conversions and it was 7-0.
After forcing the first of five 3-and-outs by the Tigers, it took the Wildcats just one snap to continue their TD parade, as Malik Chavis juked a defender at the Brinkley 25 on his way to a 55-yard jaunt to the end zone, making it 14-0.
With 6:10 to go in the first quarter, Jamarien Frye capped a short Rison drive when he stepped over the goalline from a yard out, sending the score to 21-0.
A 4-yard pass from Henry to Chavis clicked for the Wildcats’ fourth TD, climaxing a 50-yard drive, as the lead swelled to 28-0 at the 3:41 mark of the first quarter.
The Tigers briefly interrupted Rison’s scoring run with a 56-yard march, capped by Alverez Cohen’s 5-yard burst up the middle on the first play of the second period to make it 28-6.
However, Rison went back to work in a hurry, with a 27-yard pass from Henry to Cole Keese putting the Wildcats at the Brinkley 19. From there, Henry scampered into the end zone and it was 35-6 at the 10:56 mark of the second quarter.
In what turned out to be the final score of the game, Chavis added his third touchdown on a 12-yard run, and it was 41-6 with 6:26 remaining in the half.
Rison goes to Strong for another non-conference game next Friday.