A fast start for the Pulaski Academy Bruins helped them come out with a win over the White Hall Bulldogs Friday night by a score of 63-21.
The Bruins scored 30 points in the first quarter and never looked back as they spoiled senior night for the Bulldogs.
Quarterback Braden Bratcher hit John David White on a 69-yard touchdown pass and ran in the two-point conversion to put the Bruins ahead 8-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, PA recovered the ball on an onside kick, and after moving the ball down the field, Bratcher found Merritt Jones for a 15-yard touchdown to extend their lead 14-0.
The Bulldogs got on the board on their next drive as Donte Buckner scrambled for a 52-yard touchdown, cutting the Bulldogs' deficit to 14-7, but PA found the endzone again after a 1-yard shuttle pass from Bratcher to Hudson Henry for the score, along with another two-point conversion to make it 22-7.
Bratcher threw his fourth touchdown toward the end of the first quarter, connecting with Andrew Cobb from 19 yards out to extend the lead 30-7.
White Hall started the second quarter with a 20-yard touchdown run by Buckner making, the score 30-14, but the Bruins scored on their next drives and controlled the first half, leading 50-21 at halftime as the Bulldogs got on the board after a carry by DeShawn Buckner before halftime.
Pulaski Academy added 13 points in the second half while their defense kept White Hall out of the endzone.
Bratcher passed for seven touchdowns and 458 yards for PA, who finished the season 9 and 1 and 7-0 in the conference to claim the number one seed.
Despite the Bulldogs losing three straight games, White Hall has earned the fourth seed in the 5A state playoffs and will travel to Harrison on next Friday for the first round.
Watson Chapel defeats Maumelle
Watson Chapel sent their seniors off in style as they closed the 2018 season with a 22-16 win over the Maumelle Hornets Friday night. Javeon Jackson caught six passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns as he finished his high school football career on a high note.
The Wildcats started the scoring on their second possession on a seven-yard Javarius Brown touchdown run. The two-point conversion run came up short to give the ‘Cats a 6-0 lead. Kevin Compton picked off his ninth pass of the season on the Hornets’ next drive, and Devin Curry found Jackson with a 44-yard strike. Brown then found Jackson with the conversion pass to put Watson Chapel (3-6-1, 2-5) up 14-0 after the first quarter.
Maumelle got on the board on their next drive when Tyler Maxwell found Evan Robinson with a 41-yard touchdown pass. Keaton Miguet added the first of his two PAT’s to pull to within 14-7.
Chapel answered when Deonte Cooper returned the ball on the ensuing kickoff to the Hornet 25-yard line. After a loss and a penalty, Curry found Jackson once again for a 39-yard score. Curry added the conversion run to put the ‘Cats up 22-7 with 7:50 to go in the first half. A high snap through the endzone resulted in a safety late in the first half against the Wildcats, making it a 22-9 halftime lead for Chapel.
The defense stepped up for the Wildcats in the second half, allowing only a Robinson one-yard run for the Hornets. Neither team would be able to find the endzone again, and Chapel ran out the clock on its final possession to win the game. Compton added his 10th pick of the year late in the first half, while Anthony Newman and Jackson added an interception each for the Wildcat defense.
Rison Wildcats pounce Dollarway
Although Rison did not have a back carry the ball more than 5 times in the game, the Wildcats received plenty of assistance from defense and special teams to help generate an avalanche of points in a 59-6 thumping of Dollarway on Senior Night Friday at Cardinal Stadium. Rison quickly set the tone for the game, scoring three touchdowns before the contest was 4 minutes old.
The victory capped a 10-0 regular season for Rison, as the 6-3A Conference champions now move on to host Hoxie next Friday in the opening round of the state playoffs. The loss dropped Dollarway to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the conference. However, the Cardinals advanced to the playoffs as a 5th seed from 6-3A and will now face Mayflower on the road next Friday.
Rison, which netted just 245 yards against Dollarway, got touchdowns on a fumble return, interception return and punt return, while the defense and special teams also came up with more big plays that provided the ‘Cats a short field to operate from on two other TDs.
Monte Barnett got Rison off on the right foot when he returned the opening kick 29 yards to the Cardinals’ 40. The ‘Cats covered the distance in just three snaps, with Malik Chavis racing into the end zone from 16 yards out with only 1:20 gone in the game to make it 6-0. Chavis finished as Rison’s leading rusher, gaining 53 yards on 3 carries to go along with a 2-point conversion plunge following the Wildcats’ second TD.
Less than a minute later, the ‘Cat defense stripped the ball from Cardinal running back Anthony Williams at midfield, and RoShawn Martin picked up the fumble and breezed for a touchdown, giving Rison a 14-0 advantage.
On Dollarway’s very next play, the Wildcats’ Jaylon Henry intercepted Kavareous Lowe’s pass, returning to the Cardinals’ 9. From the 3, Jamarien Frye scored Rison’s third TD and Justin Jacobs added the first of his 3 PAT kicks and it was 21-0 with 8:26 still remaining in the opening period.
A 20-yard pass from Henry to Chavis ignited a 6-play, 61-yard scoring drive on Rison’s next possession, with Jerrion Marshall going over from a yard out that sent the Wildcats’ advantage to 27-0 at the 1:43 mark of the first quarter.
The Cardinals responded by putting together their best offensive drive of the game, marching 72 yards for their only touchdown. Terrance Brown and Max Mc’arthur had two big runs to start the drive for Dollarway. With the Cardinals facing 4th and 11 at the Rison 15, Brown passed to Lowe, who made his way down the sideline for Dollarway’s only TD. While the score closed the gap to 27-6 with 5:49 left in the half, the Cardinals did not register another first down until the final quarter when they drove to the Rison 28. Lowe was Dollarway’s leading ball carrier, with 59 yards on a dozen rushes, as the Cardinals ended with 138 net yards.
After Dollarway’s TD, Rison answered with 2 more scores before the end of the half to make it 41-6, the touchdowns coming on an 8-yard run by Frye and a 50-yard interception return by Chris Lawson. The pair of TDs allowed the “sportsmanship clock” to start at the beginning of the second half, when Rison reserves and several freshmen who were elevated to the roster got in for action.
Cardinal punter Prince Okojie failed to get his kick off early in the second half, when Fred Marsh rushed in to thwart the attempt and Rison took over at the Dollarway 4. On first down, Donganell Hoke made it into the end zone as the Wildcats’ lead soared to 47-6. Hoke also added a 32-yard TD scamper early in the final period. Rison’s other touchdown in the second half came on a 65-yard punt return by Marshall.