Watson Chapel tops White Hall/Dollarway falls to Hamburg/Pine Bluff beats Searcy

Editor's Note: Dollarway fell to Hamburg 35-8; however, game details were not readily available.

Watson Chapel edges out White Hall

By Andrew Mack/SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIAL

Watson Chapel celebrated homecoming on Friday night by squeaking past the White Hall Bulldogs 21-20.

Chapel got 160 yards rushing from sophomore quarterback Devin Curry but had to hold on late as Curry fumbled with 1:33 left to go in the game. Bulldog senior Austin Terrell returned the fumble to the ‘Cats 36 yard line. An unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty against the Wildcats gave the Bulldogs new life at the Chapel 21.

White Hall (4-2,1-3) unfortunately had no timeouts remaining, and the Wildcats’ defense forced a 45-yard field goal that fell short to end the last-minute threat. Watson Chapel (5-2, 4-0) opened the scoring on its second possession on a five-yard pass from Curry to Dedtron Parks. The two-point conversion failed but the ‘Cats had a 6-0 lead.

The Bulldogs would take the lead on the first play of the second quarter on a Dante Buckner four- yard run. CJ 24-13 lead going into halftime. 

Collins added the PAT for a 7-6 Bulldog lead.

Chapel would respond on its next drive on an Omar Allen seven-yard run. Curry would keep the ball on the conversion attempt and the ‘Cats lead it 14-7 at the half.

Bulldog quarterback Ollie Reddick tied the score on a 90-yard run and a Collins pointafter midway through the third. Watson Chapel’s special teams defense would block a White Hall punt that set up the home team with great field position at the Bulldogs’ 10 yard line. Allen would score two plays later, and Keandre Kendal added the crucial PAT for a 21-14 lead.

White Hall would force a Chapel punt and get the ball at the Wildcat 37 yard line after a 15-yard penalty. Reddick would cap the drive with a one-yard run.

However, the Chapel special team’s unit stepped up and the point-after attempt was blocked to make the final score at 21-20. Watson Chapel will be at home Friday as they host the Magnolia Panthers (2-5,1-3). The Panthers are coming off their first win in the 5A South with a 49-21 victory over Hot Springs. The game can be heard locally beginning with the pregame at 6:30 on 98.1, the Hog.

Pine Bluff tops Searcy

By Keionte' L. Brown/SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIAL

The Pine Bluff Zebras were victorious against the Searcy Lions on Friday night at Jordan Stadium by a score of 57-34. Kevawn Goins intercepted a tipped pass from Searcy’s quarterback and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown and a Zebra lead of 6-0. Searcy would score and take a 7-6 lead, but Pine Bluff would strike back with a 20-yard touchdown run by Tyler Foots.

Later, Foots connected with Jyrimee Thompson for a 12-yard touchdown pass to give the Zebras an 18-7 lead. After another score from Searcy, Foots connected with Thompson again for a 16-yard touchdown for a 24-13 lead going into halftime.

In the third quarter, Pine Bluff picked up where they left off in the first half. Foots hit Thompson 13 yards out for his third touchdown of the game; Kylen Williams ran from one yard out for a score as well to increase the Zebras’ lead to 37-13.

However, the tables started to turn for Pine Bluff. Searcy’s quarterback Mason Shucker led his team toward a comeback as he threw three straight touchdowns to cut the Zebras’ lead to 37-34.

The Zebras would answer back with three scores of their own. Foots threw a touchdown to Thompson for 48 yards. Rod Stinson Jr. intercepted a pass for a touchdown, and Foots ran in a 20-yard touchdown to put the Zebras ahead 57-34. Foots was 13 of 21 passing, with 167 yards and four touchdowns.

Foots also ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Braylon Moody ran for 106 yards. Thompson had six receptions for 111 yards and four touchdowns.

Martavius Thompson had nine tackles, and Isiah Singleton had eight tackles. Stinson and Goins both had interceptions returned for touchdowns. Pine Bluff will travel to Marion Friday to face the Marion Patriots in a 6A east conference matchup.