Note: Game information was not available before press time on the White Hall vs. Hot Springs Lakeside match up. The final score was Hot Springs Lakeside 29, White Hall 21.
Pine Bluff tops Jonesboro
By Keionte L. Brown/OF THE COMMERCIAL STAFF
The Pine Bluff Zebras (5-1, 3-0) defeated the Jonesboro Hurricane (4-2, 2-1) by a final score of 48-34 Friday night at Jordan Stadium.
Jonesboro had a 14-0 lead after only the first few minutes of the first quarter. However, Pine Bluff would retaliate with two scores of their own to tie the game 14-14. Tyler Foots connected with Jyrimee Thompson for both scores — a 71-yard touchdown and a 52-yard touchdown.
The Zebras never looked back after tying the game. Rod Stinson Jr. intercepted a pass and returned it down to the five yard line to put the Zebras in scoring position.
Two plays later, Foots hit Thompson again for his third score of the night to give the Zebras the lead 21-14.
The Zebras continued to apply pressure to the Hurricane. The Zebras swarmed through the Jonesboro linemen to block a punt before being recovered by Martavius Thompson to put Pine Bluff back in the redzone.
Foots then threw his fourth touchdown of the game to Diaundre for a 19-yard score, putting the Zebras up 28-14 before halftime.
In the third quarter, Braylon Moody ran for a two-yard touchdown with only a few seconds left before the fourth quarter.
However, Jonesboro answered with a score of their own to cut the Zebras' lead 35-21.
In the beginning of the final quarter, Jyrimee Thompson hauled in his fourth touchdown of the game on an 85-yard pass from Foots. Foots later ran in a score on his own from eight yards out to give the Zebras a 48-21 lead.
The Hurricane would score twice more in the fourth quarter, but time was not on their side, as the Zebras redeemed themselves from last year's loss to Jonesboro.
Foots was 14-21 passing with 289 passing yards and five touchdowns. Thompson had 235 yards and four touchdowns.
Isiah Singleton had 9.5 tackles, and Dazahu Thomas had 6.5 tackles to lead the Zebras defensively.
The Zebras plan to stay unbeaten in conference play as the host the Searcy Lions on Friday night at Jordan Stadium.
Watson Chapel clobbers Hope
By Andrew Mack/SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIAL
Omar Allen rushed for four touchdowns on Friday as the Watson Chapel Wildcats defeated the Hope Bobcats 68-0. Allen opened the scoring on Chapel’s second play from scrimmage on a seven-yard run and added the two-point conversion to lead 8-0. Devin Curry would add a touchdown pass on the 'Cats' second drive to Jalen Williams, and Chapel would lead 16-0 after the Collin Branch run.
Watson Chapel (4-2,3-0) would be up 32-0 after the first quarter on runs of one yard by Allen and 43 yards by Curry. Branch would find Williams on one conversion, and Allen would tack on the other.
Hope (0-6,0-3) was held to 122 yards of offense, and three interceptions would allow Chapel to add points in each quarter in the first half.
The 'Cats would lead 39-0 at the half on another Allen run midway through the second.
Watson Chapel would finish with almost 400 yards rushing, as Allen would cap his night with another score in the third. Ricky Farver and Deonte Cooper would have runs of four and six yards in the second half to add to the scoring.
Berkarion Black ran a punt back 79 yards with the clock running in the fourth quarter to put the game away, and the Bobcat defense was no match for the speed of the Wildcats.
Two fumbles by the Bobcats late in the game led to a safety early in the fourth, and a recovery by the Wildcats to set up the Cooper score late.
Watson Chapel will return home this Friday night to host the White Hall Bulldogs. White Hall (4-2,1-2) is coming off a 29-21 loss to Hot Springs Lakeside on Friday night. The game can be heard locally on 98.1, the Hog.
Dollarway falls to Monticello
By Ocie B. Brown/OF THE COMMERCIAL STAFF
Smash-mouth football was the name of the game for the Monticello Billies (3-3, 2-1) in their 30-8 win over the Dollarway Cardinals (0-5, 0-3) Friday night at Dollarway.
Before the Billies would get going on the ground, senior quarterback Ryan Lambert hit his streaking receiver for a deep touchdown connection on the first play of the game, allowing them to jump out to an early 8-0 lead after a two-point conversion.
In the second quarter, Monticello running back Aaron Spencer got them on the board again with a six-yard touchdown run. At halftime, Monticello held a 16-0 advantage, and according to Dollarway Head Coach Lee Hardman, they were letting the Billies determine the flow of the game.
They played the type of game that they want to play," Hardman said of Monticello. "They ran the ball hard, and their lineman did a good job of playing hard-nose football on both sides of the ball."
Coming out of halftime, the Billies tacked on another touchdown to increase their lead to 24-0.
However, even though it was all but over, the Cardinals were able to get points on the board to prevent a shutout. In the fourth quarter, Cardinals senior quarterback Xavier Frazier scored on a 25-yard run, and the two-point conversion attempt was good.
"The kids never quit ... they kept fighting and finally got a score on the board," Hardman said.
Their lone touchdown wasn't much to celebrate, and Hardman feels like the Billies had their way on the ground; he isn't pleased with it.
"I thought our kids played OK," Hardman said. "We were nowhere as physical as we needed to be against Monticello. We weren't able to respond like we needed to at all. Majority of their production was from the running game, other than that first passing touchdown, they really ran the ball on us."