Pine Bluff’s David Beasley has been playing outstanding throughout the 6A-South Conference portion of the schedule. Heading into Friday night’s game, the junior had scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game over the previous three weeks.

Pine Bluff’s David Beasley has been playing outstanding throughout the 6A-South Conference portion of the schedule. Heading into Friday night’s game, the junior had scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game over the previous three weeks.


He may have had his best performance to date in Friday night’s rematch of the 2013 6A state championship game.


The wide receiver/cornerback/punt returner hauled in two touchdown passes and had two interceptions in Pine Bluff’s 38-19 win over El Dorado at Jordan Stadium.


"Beasley had a great game," said Pine Bluff head coach Bobby Bolding. "He’s a great football player. And big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games."


El Dorado head coach Scott Reed was also impressed, but not at all surprised, by how Beasley played.


"He’s really good," Reed said. "He started against us as a sophomore last year. It’s amazing that guy’s just a junior. I looked at him in pregame and he’s quite a specimen. He’s athletic; he has good ball skills, too."


Beasley’s two picks came on deep balls that were underthrown by Kawon Love, the second of which helped seal the game late with Pine Bluff (6-2, 5-0 in 6A-South) clinging to a 30-19 lead.


"I was just making my reads like the Parkview week," Beasley said of his interceptions, referencing the pick-six he had three weeks ago. "I just did what the coach basically told me to and it worked out."


Despite how big his interceptions were, Beasley’s biggest impact came on the offensive end where he finished with four catches for 58 yards and arguably the two biggest touchdowns of the game.


The first came on a fourth-and-goal play in the closing seconds of the first half. The slant route from 5-yards out put El Dorado (5-3, 4-1) in a 24-6 hole heading into halftime.


"They were playing man," Beasley said describing the play. "I gave him a head fake inside and another head fake outside. He bit on the second head fake, so that freed me and I caught the ball. I saw daylight and that’s the touchdown right there."


The overall team performance by the Zebras in the opening half was impressive with quarterback Ladarius Skelton tossing three of his four touchdown passes and running for one of his two scores in the first 24 minutes.


The second half was not the same story.


"We didn’t play worth a flip the whole second half," Bolding said. "I was very disappointed. We completely lost our focus, and it’s the only thing we talked about at halftime. That’s very disappointing.


"Hopefully, that’s a lesson learned and that won’t happen again."


There was very little Pine Bluff did right in the second half, but the offense did put together a huge drive late in the third quarter after El Dorado had gotten within 24-13.


An 8-yard pass to Tyran Simmons, who along with his brother Kyran caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter, for a first down near midfield kept the drive alive. Beasley later capped it with a remarkable catch in the back corner of the end zone to restore the Zebras’ three-score advantage at 30-13.


"That was a big drive," Bolding said. "The biggest part of that was we answered them. That was the big thing. They went and scored, and we answered them. That kind of thing just takes a little bit out of you when that happens."


There was one more late push by El Dorado, which defeated Pine Bluff by seven points both times they played last year. The Wildcats scored on a blocked punt return by Christian Jefferson, his second TD of the game, early in the fourth to claw back within 11 at 30-19.


A few minutes later, though, Beasley pulled in his second interception to help Pine Bluff keep pace with Benton (7-0-1, 5-0) in the conference race.


"I enjoyed this victory, because last year we came up short," Beasley said. "I feel like we have a better chance of winning. … I feel more comfortable going into (the final two regular season games) and going into the playoffs, because we beat El Dorado."