JONESBORO — Jonesboro celebrated a one-sided victory on Homecoming.
Rykar Acebo threw three touchdown passes, all in the first half, as the Hurricane routed Sheridan 43-7 Friday night in 6A-East conference football at Cooksey-Johns Field. John Paul Pickens returned an interception for a touchdown and Brock McCoy added a rushing touchdown in the first half to help Jonesboro build a 37-0 halftime lead.
Ranked fourth in Class 6A in the Arkansas Sports Media poll, the Hurricane (3-2, 2-0 conference) is tied atop the league with Sylvan Hills and Searcy. Jonesboro travels to Pine Bluff (1-3, 0-2) next Friday.
Acebo was 16-of-21 passing for 195 yards. Tyrin Ruffin caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns; Kavon Pointer had four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown; and Jesse Washington caught five passes for 43 yards.
McCoy ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries as Jonesboro gained 164 rushing yards as a team.
Jonesboro turned the ball over on downs to start the game, but the Hurricane opened the scoring on defense as Pickens returned the first of his two interceptions 80 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead with 10:11 left in the first quarter.
Drake Taylor’s fourth-down reception off a deflection kept the Jonesboro’s next drive going. McCoy finished the march on a 12-yard run and a 13-0 lead after Tenison Roscoe’s extra point with six minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Roscoe kicked a 25-yard field goal later in the first quarter to give the Hurricane a 16-0 lead over Sheridan (2-3, 0-2).
Jonesboro’s lead grew to 30-0 in the second quarter on Acebo’s touchdown passes of 35 and 13 yards to Ruffin. Pointer was the recipient of Acebo’s third touchdown pass, a 10-yard strike that set the Hurricane’s halftime lead at 37-0.
The Hurricane closed the scoring in the fourth quarter on John David Carter’s 10-yard touchdown run.