RISON - A flourishing offensive attack by Palestine-Wheatley gave Rison fits during the first quarter of Friday night's 6-3A Conference game at George Walker Field of Champions. But then the Wildcats' defense slammed the door, and coupled with a blink-of-the-eye scoring outburst to start the second quarter, Rison pounded the Patriots, 54-0, to remain undefeated on the season.
It was also a special night for Clay Totty, as he earned his 200th win as a head coach, all at Rison where he began his career in 1998. The Wildcats, 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference, will have a short turn-around time of 72 hours before seeing action again, as they will host the Little Rock McClellan junior varsity Monday night at 7 o'clock. There will be no admission charge for the game. After that Rison will not play again until October 19 against Lake Village at home.
Palestine-Wheatley (3-2, 0-2) moved the ball effectively during the first quarter against Rison, driving as deep as the Wildcats' 29, 43 and 30 while generating 125 yards and 6 first downs in the opening 12 minutes. The final three quarters were another story, though, as the Patriots managed just 35 yards and a pair of first downs during the stretch against the 'Cat defense.
Meanwhile, Rison piled up 428 yards of offense, 371 of that coming on the ground. Ahead 15-0 in the second period, the Wildcats used just 4 plays to score 3 TDs over a three and a half minute span to quickly build their advantage to 37-0 with 5:31 remaining in the first half. From there Rison cleared the bench, as action became chippy between the 'Cats and frustrated Patriots who were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when things suddenly unraveled for them.
Five of Rison's 7 TDs were of the big play variety, Jamarien Frye scoring on runs of 41 and 39 yards. Malik Chavis had a 73-yard scoring jaunt, while Jerrion Marshall scampered 30 yards for a TD, and RoShawn Martin hauled in a 47-yard scoring pass from Jaylon Henry. Chavis also had a 7-yard touchdown run and Branden Barnett added a 1-yard TD plunge.
Justin Jacobs booted a 19-yard field goal on second down in the third period, and he had 3 PAT kicks. Jacobs also caught a 2-point conversion pass from Cole Keese. Dawson Stuckey had a pair of PAT kicks and Frye had a 2-point conversion run as part of Rison's scoring parade.
Defensively for Rison, Jordan Brown and Trent Lawson had fumble recoveries and Martin had an interception.