The weather caused cancellations all over the state of Arkansas, but it didn’t stop the matchup between the Dollarway Cardinals and the Forrest City Mustangs.
Dollarway went on the road, and Forrest City used a productive Second half to cruise past the Cardinals 46-8.
The score was respectable at halftime as the Mustangs held a 13-8 lead over Dollarway. Dollarway senior running back Kavareous Lowe recorded a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, and Terrance Brown punched it in for the two-point conversion.
Going into halftime, Dollarway Head Coach Martese Henry felt that they had a chance if they could just continue to fight.
“It was 13-8 at halftime,” Henry said. “We played a decent game back and forward early.”
Coming out of the break, the Cardinals went with an onside kick that they recovered. However, Dollarway wasn’t able to turn that short field into any points, and in the second half, Henry felt the offense was stagnant.
“I feel like going into the half we had some good momentum,” Henry said. “Came out in the second half, got the onside kick, put a decent drive together, and just couldn’t get over the hump. They capitalized on our mistakes, and we stalled.”
According to Henry, a combination of junior running back Kadarius Akins, senior quarterback Randal Moore, and junior receiver Jatterion Brown caused problems for the Cardinals’ defense the entire second half.
“Akins was great on the ground for them,” Henry said. “Moore hit that receiver Brown for a couple of long passes that broke our backs. It was a total momentum shift, and we weren’t able to recover”
There was a silver lining that came out of this one for Henry and the Cardinals. They played more disciplined and they showed pride even when being down.
“We were only flagged for five penalties the whole game,” Henry said. “The sense of urgency has picked up, we’re getting better at execution, and I can see attention to detail. In the second half once they regained the momentum it was hard for us to bounce back. Overall, I’m pleased in the direction we’re going.”