DES ARC — The Des Arc Green Eagles took advantage of their size up front and three turnovers to pull away from the Woodlawn Bears for a 40-8 victory Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

DES ARC — The Des Arc Green Eagles took advantage of their size up front and three turnovers to pull away from the Woodlawn Bears for a 40-8 victory Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Eagles scored on their first two possessions to build an early cushion they would maintain for most of the game.

After holding the Bears to a three-and-out on the opening series, Eric Williams burst for 27 yards on Des Arc’s first offensive snap to spark a five-play, 71-yard scoring drive capped by quarterback Jalen Holloway’s 14-yard keeper with 6:59 left in the first quarter. Williams scored on a sweep for the two-pointer to make it 8-0.

Woodlawn drove to midfield on its next possession but fumbled the ball away at the Eagle 40. After a holding call backed Des Arc up to its 28, Williams managed to dump off a halfback pass to Holloway that went for 32 yards and two plays later Trey Warren went 18 yards to give the Eagles a first down at the Bears’ 22.

Warren rumbled for another 17 one play later and would eventually score on fourth-and-goal from the 2 to give Des Arc a 16-0 lead after Holloway converted the two-pointer with 11:56 left in the second.

This time Woodlawn answered. Facing third-and-18 at their own 18, Patrick Cantrell cracked the outside for a 19-yard gain to keep the drive alive and three plays later Trevor McDaniel found the opposite corner to go 42 yards for the score, capping a six-play, 74-yard drive. Cantrell ran in the two-point conversion to make it 16-8 with 5:18 left in the second quarter.

Des Arc came back on its ensuing series to regain the momentum when Williams scored on a 23-yard run with 2:38 left in the half. Another successful conversion run made it 24-8.

The Eagles would begin pulling away in the second half, taking the opening possession and driving 50 yards in seven plays with Warren scoring on a 30-yard run. Williams point-after run made it 32-8.

The Bears drove to the Des Arc 39 on its next possession, but came up about an inch short on fourth down.

Des Arc’s final score came after stopping Woodlawn on fourth-down at its own 27. Seven plays later, Holloway slipped through a couple of tackles to find the end zone on a 22-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. The Eagles passed for the two-point conversion to make it 40-8.

Des Arc finished the game with 354 yards on the ground. Zac Devore had a 57-yard run late that helped him lead all rushers with 127 yards on 10 carries. Warren had 97 yards on 11 carries.

McDaniel paced the Bears with 70 yards on seven carries while Keith Durham had 54 on nine attempts and Patrick Cantrell 49 on 12 carries.

Woodlawn’s players honored Rison’s Logan Prescott with black-and-gold “LP” stickers on their helmets. Prescott, a Rison senior who was killed in a car accident in early August, was the brother of Des Arc coach Dustin Prescott.

Bears Coach Ray Sessions, though disappointed with the loss, praised his team for playing hard for all four quarters against a team with a distinct size and speed advantage. “We were still in it in the second half,” he said, alluding to last year’s game when Des Arc was up 42-0 and had already invoked the mercy rule.

Woodlawn opens 8-2A conference play next Friday with a trip to Norphlet. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.