RISON – Fordyce senior quarterback Cole Johnson is committed to the Central Arkansas baseball team and will pitch for them next year.

RISON – Fordyce senior quarterback Cole Johnson is committed to the Central Arkansas baseball team and will pitch for them next year.

If he has many more games like he had against Rison on Friday, a spot on UCA’s football team may not be out of the question either.

Johnson led the Redbugs to the end zone on all but two possessions as they beat Rison 45-15 to claim the newly christened Gerald Totty Memorial Alumni Trophy, which will be given to the winner of this annual game.

Johnson was 14 of 19 for 210 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 65 yards on a field that was very sloppy due to the heavy rain of the past 24 hours.

“We executed our game plan and we spread it out,” Johnson said. “We worked on our short stuff tonight because the field was wet and couldn’t throw it downfield as much.”

The only two possessions that Fordyce did not score on was when the first half ended and its last possession when Redbugs coach Tim Rodgers put the backups in.

Fordyce gained 387 yards of total offense up until the last possession.

Rodgers said he knew his team had a strong offense coming into the year and it showed during Friday night’s season-opening win.

“We had so many returning starters, so that was one of the things we thought we could do this year was score,” he said. “Very, very proud of our offense the whole ball game.”

This was the second straight year Fordyce beat Rison in the annual rivalry game, which was moved from the last game of the year to the season-opener since the Wildcats dropped down to Class 2A this year.

Rison coach Clay Totty was not happy with Rodgers or the score at the end of the game. When Fordyce went up 38-7 with 4:18 left in the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Rashad Allen, the Redbugs lined up to go for the two-point conversion.

Before the play, Totty was more than a few steps on the field and pointing at Rodgers and had a few choice words for him.

He also had a message for Rodgers and Fordyce after the game.

“We will be back. … Rison will rise up and he better enjoy it while he can,” Totty said adamantly. “I am proud of my kids and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. We are going to keep fighting and we are going to be at practice at Monday and we are going to keep getting better and their day will come.”

Rison was held to 117 yards of total offense in the loss.

“Up front, we worked all week long on staying on the line and staying in our gaps,” Rodgers said. “Our defensive line did a great job (Friday).”

Larry Buckley scored Fordyce’s first touchdown on a 6-yard run and Johnson hit Mark Grice for a screen pass that went 57 yards for the touchdown as the Redbugs had a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Rison recovered a Fordyce muffed punt return and took over at the Redbugs’ 17-yard line. JoKenzie Broughton put the Wildcats on the board with a two-yard touchdown.

Fordyce responded with an 11-play, 58-yard drive that was capped by Buckley’s 4-yard touchdown run and Buckley would score again with 37 seconds left in the half on a 30-yard reception. Buckley finished with 42 yards receiving, 18 yards rushing, three total touchdowns and an interception.

Austin Nutt, who rushed for 39 yards in the game, scored for the Redbugs to open the second half on a 16-yard touchdown run and a 32-7 lead.

After Johnson hit Allen — who finished with 104 yards receiving and one interception – for a 38-7 lead, Paul Bryant scored with 10:50 remaining in the game on a one-yard run.

The Wildcats scored their second touchdown on the ensuing possession as Zuntario Oliver capped a nine-play, 50-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run and added the two-point conversion in the 45-15 loss. Oliver rushed for 49 yards in the loss and Broughton added 54 yards on the ground.