Pioneers pull away from Blazers
BATESVILLE — Batesville scored in the final seconds of the first half and controlled the second to defeat Valley View 37-16 in 5A-East conference football Friday night.
Valley View (5-4, 3-3 conference) pulled within 17-10 with 54 seconds left in the first half when Jeb Rapert scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 12-play, 65-yard drive. Batesville (7-3, 6-1) answered quickly, however, driving 68 yards in four plays.
Eli Livingston’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Will Storlie with four seconds remaining in the first half gave the Pioneers a 24-10 lead at intermission.
Batesville’s Alejandro Medina kicked a 22-yard field goal at the 7:57 mark of the third quarter. The Pioneers tacked on a touchdown less than two minutes later, Ethan Ridgel scoring on a 9-yard run after a Valley View turnover.
Medina’s 23-yard field goal gave Batesville a 37-10 lead with 6:22 left in the game. Valley View scored on the game’s final play as Zak Stracener threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jay Coleman.
Valley View drove 33 yards for a 3-0 lead on Jose Mendoza’s 28-yard field goal with 5:19 left in the first quarter. Batesville answered as Ridgel scored on a 1-yard run with 4:40 left in the quarter.
Medina kicked a 19-yard field goal and Livingston threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Jace Daugherty to give Batesville a 17-3 lead with 5:24 left in the second quarter.
Eagles prevail in double OT
PARAGOULD — Greene County Tech edged rival Paragould 20-13 in double overtime Friday night.
GCT (6-4, 4-3 5A-East conference) had possession first in the second overtime and took the lead on Christian Barber’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Payne Greer. The Eagles pushed Paragould back to the 24 on the Rams’ possession and Storm Harris intercepted a third-down pass in the end zone to end the game.
GCT’s Reece Middleton kicked a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 34-yard field goal in the second to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead. Paragould tied the game on Darion Norris’ 4-yard touchdown run with 14 seconds left in regulation, but the Rams missed the extra point and the game went to overtime.
Nick Ashby scored on a 10-yard run and the Rams (1-9, 1-6) added the extra point to lead 13-6 in the first overtime. GCT tied the score at 13 with David Williams’ 4-yard touchdown run and extra point.
Colts cruise to ninth victory
BLYTHEVILLE — Another all-around performance by Kam Turner helped Rivercrest clinch its 32nd conference championship in 51 years of football.
Turner led the Colts to a 45-21 victory over Blytheville on Friday. He completed 18-of-34 passes for 401 yards and six touchdowns, gained 89 yards on 19 carries and intercepted three passes on defense.
Turner got the Colts (9-0, 5-0 conference) started less than two minutes into the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jaylan West, followed by Gunnar McCullar’s extra point. Blytheville (4-4, 2-2) tied the game as Jeremiah Northern scored on a 2-yard run later in the first quarter.
Rivercrest scored the next 25 points, starting with Turner’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Keshawn Scott with 1:10 left in the first quarter. Turner’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Nichols in the second quarter set the Colts’ 20-7 halftime lead.
Turner threw touchdown passes of 45 yards to Nichols and 17 yards to Clay Burks as the lead grew to 32-7 in the third quarter. The Chickasaws got on the board again as Tavares Townsend scored on a 74-yard kickoff return and Kylen Wells added the two-point conversion.
Scott scored on an 80-yard run to give Rivercrest a 38-15 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Northern threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Wells and Turner found Scott on a 45-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Scott finished with 112 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions, 77 yards rushing on six carries and an interception on defense. West caught six passes for 112 yards and a touchdown; Nichols had three receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns; and Burks had three receptions for 66 yards and a score, plus an interception on defense.
Mustangs roll past rival Bobcats
WALNUT RIDGE — Daylon Powell completed 10-of-16 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns Friday as Hoxie kept its record perfect with a 48-19 victory over rival Walnut Ridge.
Powell added 46 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. Stefan Coleman caught six passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs (9-0, 6-0 conference)
Powell scored on a 35-yard run 27 seconds into the game and Jalen Chappell kicked the extra point. Mari Thomas answered for Walnut Ridge (2-7, 1-6) on a 5-yard touchdown run with 5:33 left in the first quarter, but the next 35 points would come from Hoxie.
Powell threw touchdown passes of 43 yards to Cade Forrester and 86 yards to Coleman, adding the two-point conversion after the latter score to give Hoxie a 21-6 lead after a quarter. He threw two more touchdown passes in the second quarter, a 60-yard strike to Davie Powell and a 61-yard pass to Coleman, while also scoring on a 19-yard run.
Thomas’ 45-yard touchdown pass to Mason Andrews with 10 seconds left in the second quarter set the halftime score at 42-13.
Powell threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Coleman in the third quarter and Walnut Ridge’s Kai Watson scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth.
ShunDerrick Powell added 84 yards on three carries for Hoxie.
Chester, Baker lead Redskins
HIGHLAND — Pocahontas opened a 32-0 halftime lead Friday and went on to defeat Highland 40-22 in 4A-3 football.
Dawson Chester was 7-of-7 passing for 140 yards and a touchdown. Chester added three touchdowns and 49 yards on six carries.
Connor Baker led Pocahontas (8-2, 5-2 conference) in rushing with 173 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Michael Martens had three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown, followed by C.J. Palmer with three catches for 58 yards.
Lewis, King power Wildcats
TRUMANN — Milton Lewis and Rian King powered Trumann’s ground game and also led the defensive effort Friday as the Wildcats defeated Cave City 34-21 in 4A-3 football.
Lewis finished with 102 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and completed the only pass he attempted for 39 yards. Defensively, Lewis had nine tackles and a forced fumble. King finished with 79 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, plus seven tackles on defense along with Austin Pruitt.
King scored on a 1-yard run with 36 seconds left in the first quarter. Trumann (5-5, 3-4 conference) took a 14-7 halftime lead on Connor McClain’s touchdown pass to Parks McNair in the last minute of the second quarter.
Trumann boosted its lead to 34-7 in the third quarter. King scored on a 12-yard run, Lewis had a 2-yard touchdown run and Gavin Morgan added the Wildcats’ last touchdown on a 61-yard run.
McClain completed 9-of-10 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Dixon leads Mohawks
PIGGOTT — Tanner Dixon accounted for five touchdowns Thursday night to lead Piggott to a 46-16 victory over Clay County rival Corning in the teams’ annual Rice Bowl football game.
Piggott (7-3, 5-2 3A-3 conference) defeated Corning (5-4, 3-3) for the ninth consecutive season. The Mohawks won for the third time in seven days, a stretch that also included victories over Palestine-Wheatley and Harrisburg.
Dixon was 11-of-16 passing for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 74 yards rushing and two touchdowns on seven carries.
After Corning recorded a safety to start the scoring, Piggott built a 24-8 halftime lead. Dixon broke a 75-yard touchdown run and passed to Logan Ralph for an 8-2 lead with 2:50 left in the first quarter.
Michael Parker scored on a 1-yard run and Brandon Seal added the two-point conversion with 10:55 left in the second quarter. Corning’s Jake Gutierrez scored on a 46-yard run with 1:51 remaining, but Dixon scored on a 10-yard run with 58 seconds to go and Parker added the conversion to make it 24-8.
Dixon threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Ralph and Parker added the two-point conversion with 5:46 left in the third quarter. Corning pulled within 32-16 with 9:57 left in the game on Gary Comstock’s 2-yard run and a two-point conversion.
Dixon countered with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Ralph 29 seconds later. Lineman Logan White, wearing No. 56 in honor of Hunter Midkiff, ran in the two-point conversion.
Piggott closed the scoring on Dixon’s 73-yard pass to Logan Ralph with 5:17 left in the game. The Mohawks finished with 418 total yards.
Hornets rally past Patriots
HARRISBURG — Harrisburg scored twice late in the second quarter and added an insurance touchdown in the third to defeat Palestine-Wheatley 26-14 in 3A-3 conference football Thursday.
Playing their third game in seven days, the Hornets (5-3, 4-2 conference) trailed twice in the first half. Palestine-Wheatley (3-6, 2-4) took a 7-0 lead on its opening drive.
Harrisburg took an 8-7 lead on Jacob Wallace’s 10-yard touchdown run and the two-point conversion, but the Patriots answered for a 14-8 lead in the second quarter.
Wallace took Samuel Moore’s screen pass 70 yards to tie the game late in the quarter. After Skylar Duncan returned an interception to the Patriots’ 5, Wallace scored on a 4-yard run to give Harrisburg a 20-14 halftime lead.
Harrisburg’s Marquel Miller scored the only touchdown of the second half on a 21-yard run late in the third quarter.
Warriors romp past Raiders
SEARCY — East Poinsett County tuned up for the Class 2A playoffs with a 56-28 rout of Riverview in a non-conference game Thursday night.
EPC's Deuce Moore caught eight passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Moore also returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown for EPC (7-3).
Preston Rains was 14-of-23 passing for 201 yards and three touchdowns, also adding a rushing touchdown. Dennis Gaines added 127 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
EPC dominated the second half after trailing 21-20 at intermission. Moore caught a 5-yard touchdown pass at the 8:40 mark of the third quarter and Rains added the two-point conversion. The Warriors’ lead grew to 34-21 on Moore’s 27-yard touchdown catch with 5:11 left in the quarter.
Gaines scored on a 16-yard run and Moore caught the two-point pass to give EPC a 42-21 lead going to the fourth quarter. Carter Smith scored on runs of 10 and 34 yards in the fourth quarter, the latter followed by Kavan Jennings’ two-point reception.
Moore scored on an 8-yard reception in the first quarter. Rains scored on a 1-yard run and Barry Rossell caught the two-point pass, followed by Moore’s interception return that gave EPC a 20-7 lead. Riverview (0-9) scored twice in the last six minutes of the first half to take the lead.
Batesville 37, Valley View 16
Brookland at Forrest City, ccd.
Cross County 28, Cedar Ridge 22
East Poinsett Co. 56, Riverview 28
Greene Co. Tech 20, Paragould 13, 2OT
Harrisburg 26, Palestine-Wheatley 14
Hoxie 48, Walnut Ridge 19
Jonesboro 42, Marion 14
Osceola 39, Manila 7
Piggott 46, Corning 16
Pocahontas 40, Highland 22
Rivercrest 45, Blytheville 21
Trumann 34, Cave City 21
Westside at Gosnell, ccd.
Wynne at Nettleton, ccd.