WEST MEMPHIS — Jonesboro ended a few years of frustration against the West Memphis Blue Devils on Friday night.
Quarterback Rykar Acebo threw three touchdown passes and the Hurricane scored on two interception returns in a 38-13 rout of West Memphis at Hamilton-Shultz Field.
Jonesboro (4-2, 3-0 6A-East) earned its first victory over West Memphis (2-5, 1-3) since 2015, snapping a four-game losing streak in the series. Friday night’s victory was the Hurricane’s first on the Blue Devils’ home field since 2014.
“Hamilton-Shultz has not been a good place for us to play over the years,” Jonesboro head coach Randy Coleman said. “It’s a really tough place to play, so it was nice to get in there and get a good win that I wouldn’t say was dominant, but it was really convincing.”
Braelyn Moore’s 36-yard interception return for a touchdown started the scoring for the Hurricane. Acebo also threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kavon Pointer in a first quarter that ended with Jonesboro leading 14-0.
Pointer also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Acebo in the second quarter. The Hurricane scored just before halftime as Connor Clark took a 2-yard shovel pass from Acebo and bulled his way into the end zone, giving Jonesboro a 28-6 halftime lead.
Coleman said the shovel pass is a play the Hurricane added after watching an NFL team run it.
“That’s kind of a Kansas City Chiefs deal,” he said. “We faked the run one way and shoveled it back the other.”
Tenison Roscoe booted a 30-yard field goal for the only points of the third quarter. Jonesboro cornerback Brodie Williams returned his third interception of the game 55 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Jonesboro finished with 415 yards of offense. Acebo was 22-of-35 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions. Pointer finished with seven receptions for 104 yards, while Clark had 10 catches for 94 yards.
Charlie Long led Jonesboro in rushing with 102 yards on 19 carries, followed by Brock McCoy with 53 yards on 12 carries.
“We ran the ball enough that it really set up a lot of good play-action and Rykar, again, threw the ball really well,” Coleman said. “It was one of those solid nights by him where he was finding the open man and really doing a good job of spreading it around.”
Jonesboro hosts Searcy (4-3, 3-1 conference) next week. The Lions suffered their first 6A-East loss Friday night, falling 32-21 to Pine Bluff.