GCT holds off Nettleton
PARAGOULD — David Williams ran for three touchdowns and Greene County Tech’s defense stopped Nettleton inside the final minute Friday night as the Golden Eagles edged the Raiders 28-21 in 5A-East conference football.
Quarterback Christian Barber also scored for GCT (5-2, 3-1 conference).
Nettleton (3-4, 2-2 conference) struck first on Cameron Scarlett’s 40-yard run with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter. Williams had the answer for the Eagles as he scored on a 6-yard run later in the period, tying the game 7-7 after the extra point.
Barber scored on a 2-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the second quarter to give GCT a 14-7 halftime lead. Williams boosted the lead to 21-7 when he scored on a 28-yard run in the third quarter.
Scarlett capped a Raider touchdown drive on a 1-yard run with 7:50 left in the third quarter. Nettleton came up with a stop defensively as GCT missed a short field goal attempt in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders could not capitalize and Williams scored on a 59-yard run with 6:19 to play.
Scarlett’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Tolley brought Nettleton within a touchdown with 3:10 remaining, but GCT recovered the onside kick. Blake Brown’s interception gave the Raiders the ball at their 28 with 47 seconds to play, but Shad Vaughan’s interception at the Eagle 33 sealed the outcome with 32 seconds to play.
Scarlett finished with 156 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, followed by Koby Bradley with 63 yards on nine carries.
Scarlett was 5-of-15 passing for 57 yards, with Tolley catching four passes for 50 yards.
Late TD pass sinks Westside
CAVE CITY — Will Debaun’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Eli Taylor lifted Cave City to a 22-19 victory over Westside in 4A-3 football Friday night.
Taylor’s diving touchdown reception gave the Cavemen a 20-19 lead with 1:44 remaining. Debaun added the two-point conversion.
Westside (2-5, 1-3 conference) lost a fumble at the Cave City 47-yard line in the final minute. The Warriors’ desperation pass from the Cavemen’s 34 fell incomplete on the final play.
Cave City (2-4, 1-2 conference) scored first on Debaun’s 1-yard sneak in the first quarter. River Engle scored on a 5-yard run and the Warriors added the extra point to lead 7-6 later in the period.
Gus Yearta recovered a fumble at the Cave City 37 to set up Westside’s next score in the third quarter. Engle kept for 24 yards and a touchdown, giving the Warriors a 13-6 lead.
Taylor caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Jones later in the quarter and Maddox Moreland added the two-point conversion to give the Cavemen a 14-13 lead. Tyler Ray scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to put Westside back in the lead, 19-14.
Paragould snaps losing streak
FORREST CITY — Paragould put an end to a 16-game losing streak Friday night by thrashing Forrest City 35-0 in 5A-East football.
Nick Ashby scored three touchdowns to lead the Rams (1-6, 1-3 conference) to their first victory since the 2018 season finale. Ashby scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter and on an 11-yard run in the second. Darion Norris scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter as the Rams took a 21-0 halftime lead.
Ashby scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter and Norris added the last touchdown on another 1-yard run.
Pocahontas rolls past Trumann
POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas scored twice in the third quarter Friday night to pull away for a 32-14 victory over Trumann in 4A-3 football.
Trumann (3-4, 1-3 conference) led 14-12 after the first quarter. Pocahontas (6-1, 3-1) came back to lead 20-14 at halftime and tacked on the final 12 points in the third quarter.
Dawson Chester was 10-of-14 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns for Pocahontas, adding 64 yards on 10 carries. Michael Martens had five receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown, a kickoff return for a touchdown and two interceptions on defense.
Connor Baker added 100 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for the Redskins, while CJ Palmer had three receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown. Kaynon Fletcher added an interception on defense.
Turner, Scott set Rivercrest records
WILSON — Kam Turner and Keshawn Scott broke school records Friday night to lead Rivercrest to a 55-27 victory over Osceola in a non-conference game added this week after having conference contests canceled.
Turner set school passing records with 23 completions, 449 yards and five touchdowns on 31 attempts. He also added 73 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 14 carries in addition to leading the Colts (7-0) with 10 tackles.
Scott set Rivercrest single-game records with 17 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns. The Colts finished with 606 yards, also a school record.
Turner threw touchdown passes of 66 and 4 yards to Scott in the first quarter and also scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in a first quarter that ended with Rivercrest leading 28-7. Se’naj Brown scored for Osceola (2-3) on a 20-yard run.
Turner threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Clay Burks and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Scott in the second quarter as the Colts took a 42-14 halftime lead. Dontaven Littleton scored for Osceola on a 13-yard run.
Turner’s final touchdown pass was a 46-yard strike to Scott in the third quarter. Jaden Stovall scored Rivercrest’s final touchdown on an 11-yard run later in the period.
Littleton scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter and threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jabari Person in the fourth.
Littleton completed 14-of-25 passes for 188 yards and added 51 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Newport keeps record perfect
SALEM — Newport scored the final 23 points Friday night to polish off its eighth victory of the season, a 51-14 rout of Salem in 3A-2 conference football.
Tharon Davis finished with 109 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Dejai Marshall was 12-of-16 passing for 164 yards and a touchdown for Newport (8-0, 4-0 conference). The Greyhounds are off next week before a showdown with defending state champion Harding Academy on Oct. 30.
Marshall scored on an 11-yard run for the only points of the first quarter. Jadarius Reed scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and Davis on a 9-yard carry to give Newport a 20-6 halftime lead.
Marshall fired a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Reynolds, Newport’s leading receiver with four receptions for 54 yards, and found Isiah Kendall on the two-point conversion for a 28-6 lead in the third quarter.
Salem (4-3, 1-2) pulled within 28-14, but Davis scored on a 6-yard run and added the two-point conversion later in the quarter.
Chris Young scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and Marshall passed to Tristen Griffin for the two-point conversion. Reed returned an interception 77 yards for Newport’s final touchdown.
Jakeyvin Davis led Newport’s defense with eight tackles.
Hoxie QB runs for 309 yards
PIGGOTT — Hoxie quarterback Daylon Powell ran for 309 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries Friday during the Mustangs’ 54-28 victory over Piggott in 3A-3 football.
Powell also completed 3-of-7 passes for 70 yards. ShunDerrick Powell added 196 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries for Hoxie (6-0, 3-0 conference).
Hoxie led 14-0 after the first quarter, when Daylon Powell scored on a 4-yard run and ShunDerrick Powell scored on a 10-yard run. ShunDerrick Powell scored on an 80-yard run in the first minute of the second quarter, but Trent Stevens scored on a 6-yard run for Piggott (4-3, 2-2) as the Mohawks pulled within 22-8 at halftime.
Daylon Powell scored on a 67-yard run and passed to Stefan Coleman for the two-point conversion at the 8:24 mark of the third quarter. The Mohawks again closed within 14 points less than two minutes later as Tanner Dixon found Logan Ralph on a 47-yard touchdown pass and Michael Parker added the two-point conversion.
Hoxie scored three times in the last six minutes of the third quarter, twice on runs of 10 and 47 yards from ShunDerrick Powell. Daylon Powell also scored on a 29-yard run.
Dixon and Ralph connected on a 21-yard touchdown pass late in the period, which ended with Hoxie leading 48-22.
Daylon Powell’s final touchdown came on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter and Parker scored on a 2-yard run for Piggott.
Gaines, Rains spark EPC
EARLE — Dennis Gaines and Preston Rains scored two touchdowns apiece Friday night to lead East Poinsett County to a 30-6 rout of Earle in 2A-3 football.
Gaines scored EPC’s first two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 9 yards in the first half, also adding the two-point conversion after his first touchdown. Deuce Moore had the second two-point conversion as the Warriors (4-3, 3-0 conference) led 16-6 at halftime.
Rains scored on a 6-yard run in the third quarter and on a 3-yard run in the fourth, with Gaines adding the two-point conversion to set the final score.
Rains had 65 yards on 14 carries while Gaines finished with 63 yards on 12 carries. Rains completed 2-of-8 passes for 144 yards, with Moore making both receptions.
Moore, Rains and Peyton Edings had interceptions for EPC’s defense. Austin Baker had seven tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage.
Brookland 12, Valley View 7
Cave City 22, Westside 19
Corning 38, Walnut Ridge 14
East Poinsett Co. 30, Earle 6
Greene Co. Tech 28, Nettleton 21
Hoxie 54, Piggott 28
Jonesboro 38, West Memphis 13
Newport 51, Salem 14
Palestine-Wheatley 35, Manila 0
Paragould 35, Forrest City 0
Pocahontas 32, Trumann 14
Rivercrest 55, Osceola 27
Wynne 49, Batesville 20