Bombers rout Raiders, end streak
MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home ended more than two years of frustration Friday night.
The Bombers snapped a 23-game losing streak with a 41-7 rout of Nettleton. Quarterback Bryce McKay and running back Gage Hershberger accounted for three touchdowns each as Mountain Home (1-1) ended a slide that dated to the 2017 season.
Nettleton (1-2) scored the game’s first points on quarterback Cameron Scarlett’s 3-yard run with 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Mountain Home scored four touchdowns in the second quarter for a 28-7 halftime lead, then added two more scores in the third quarter.
Mountain Home finished with 451 total yards, including 288 rushing, to 278 total for Nettleton.
McKay was 5-of-10 passing for 163 yards and two touchdowns, also adding 16 carries for 163 yards and another score. Hershberger added 108 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
The Bombers tied the game in the second quarter on McKay’s 34-yard run. Hershberger scored on runs of 6 and 4 yards before McKay found Logen Walker on a 56-yard touchdown pass with 1:44 left in the first half.
Hershberger scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and McKay threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Mojica in the final seconds of the quarter.
Scarlett was 18-of-30 passing for 148 yards, with two interceptions. O’Rion Pugh led the Raiders with 67 yards on 12 carries, while Landon Newsome and Eli Campbell added 47 and 46 yards rushing, respectively. Jaylen Scales caught 10 passes for 58 yards.
Turner dominant as Rivercrest rolls
WILSON — Quarterback Kam Turner accounted for 430 yards of total offense and had a hand in five touchdowns Friday night, leading Rivercrest to a 41-24 victory over Valley View.
Rivercrest (2-0) rolled up 518 total yards. Turner finished with 211 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. He completed 6-of-9 passes for 219 yards and two more touchdowns, plus added a fumble return for a touchdown on defense.
Turner broke a 55-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, followed by Gunnar McCullar’s extra point. The Blazers (1-1) pulled within 7-6 with 6:42 left in the quarter when Dakota Muncrief returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown.
Valley View grabbed a 12-7 lead on Zac Stracener’s 52-yard touchdown pass to Cooper McCain with 10:51 left in the second quarter. Rivercrest regained the lead when Mike Sharp forced a fumble that Turner returned 60 yards for a touchdown with 9:51 left in the half.
Turner broke an 83-yard touchdown run with 7:53 left in the half. He then threw touchdown passes of 78 and 19 yards to Keshawn Scott as the Colts’ lead ballooned to 34-12.
Jeb Rapert scored on a 1-yard run with eight seconds left in the half to pull the Blazers within 34-18.
Stracener’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Aedan Huntsman pulled Valley View within 34-24 with 3:46 left in the third quarter, but Scott closed the scoring on a 10-yard run with 1:45 remaining in the period.
Scott finished with five receptions for 141 yards. Tray Jones led Rivercrest’s defense with eight tackles, including five behind the line of scrimmage.
Most of Valley View’s 298 total yards came through the air as Stracener was 16-of-25 for 249 yards. Huntsman had five receptions for 110 yards while McCain added six catches for 98 yards.
Redskins roll to third victory
POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas scored five touchdowns in the first half and forced eight Paragould turnovers on the way to a 35-8 victory Friday night.
Connor Baker ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Redskins built a 35-0 halftime lead. Michael Martens was 13-of-16 passing for a touchdown and added nine carries for 38 yards and another score, all in the first half.
CJ Palmer was the leading receiver for Pocahontas (3-0) with seven receptions for 32 yards.
Rob Mason and Derek Whiley had two interceptions each as the Redskins picked off six passes as a team. Pocahontas also recovered two fumbles by the Rams (0-2).
Davis helps Greyhounds pull away
NEWPORT — Tharon Davis scored on a pass reception, a fumble return and a punt return in the third quarter Friday night as Newport pulled away for a 41-22 victory over Bauxite.
The Greyhounds (3-0) saw a 21-3 halftime lead cut to five points as the Miners (1-2) scored 13 points to start the third quarter.
Davis boosted the lead back to double digits as he caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dejai Marshall, followed by Mark Chavez’s extra point.
Davis returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown and took a punt 62 yards for another score, giving Newport a 41-16 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Davis finished with 11 carries for 51 yards and caught six passes for 80 yards. Marshall was 19-of-26 passing for 288 yards for the Greyhounds, who are ranked third in Class 3A. Chris Reynolds led Newport’s defense with 10 tackles.
Jamarriel Balentine scored Newport’s first touchdown in the first quarter. After a Bauxite field goal, Marshall threw touchdown passes of 51 and 20 yards to Reynolds in the second quarter, the latter score followed by Jadarius Reed’s two-point conversion.
Wildcats cruise past Southerners
TRUMANN — Gaven Guy scored two touchdowns and Milton Lewis ran for more than 100 yards Friday night as Trumann whipped Batesville Southside 27-0.
Guy opened the scoring on a 1-yard run with 5:23 left in the first quarter. Gavin Richardson returned a Southside fumble 22 yards for another score 21 seconds later, followed by Murphy Williams’ two-point pass to Gavin Morgan.
Guy scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter as Trumann (1-1) took a 21-0 halftime lead. Lewis added the final touchdown when he scored on a 91-yard run with 8:06 left in the third quarter.
Lewis led Trumann with 135 yards on 13 carries. Guy added 93 on 18 carries.
Lions escape Indians, 20-18
MARKED TREE — Peyton McQueen scored twice Friday night as Manila held off Marked Tree for a 20-18 victory.
McQueen scored the Lions’ first touchdown on a 2-yard run with 8:02 left in the first quarter, followed by Trevor Brooks’ extra point. The Indians answered on Brylan Honeycutt’s 26-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Marshall in the second quarter, but Manila (1-1) stopped the two-point conversion to keep a 7-6 lead.
Tanner Miller found McQueen on a 20-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left in the first half to give Manila a 14-6 halftime lead.
Laray Brown opened the second half with a 53-yard touchdown run to pull Marked Tree (1-1) within 14-12. The Lions answered with another score later in the period on Miller’s 11-yard pass to Dustin Clark.
Honeycutt scored on a 54-yard run in the third quarter, but the two-point conversion failed to set the final score at 20-18.
Brown finished with 106 yards on 15 carries, followed by Honeycutt with 66 on nine attempts. Marshall led the Indians in receiving with three receptions for 74 yards, while Orlando Harper paced the defense with 10 tackles.