POCAHONTAS — Senior C.J. Palmer and sophomore Connor Baker combined for all five Pocahontas touchdowns Friday night, leading the Redskins to a 35-27 victory over Nettleton.
Playing quarterback in place of regular starter Dawson Chester, Palmer finished with 105 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. He also threw a touchdown pass and made key plays defensively, including an interception and a game-clinching pass deflection.
Baker was Pocahontas’ rushing leader with 142 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. He also caught a touchdown pass from Palmer and produced a touchdown on special teams, blocking a punt and then scoring on the play.
Pocahontas (2-0) took a 14-0 lead as Baker scored on a 4-yard run and then caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Palmer.
Nettleton (1-1) got back in the game later in first quarter as Cameron Scarlett scored on a 27-yard run and found Kenwarren McShan on an 8-yard touchdown pass, pulling the Raiders within 14-12.
Baker blocked a punt and picked up the football at the Nettleton 2-yard line to score with 5:32 left in the second quarter. Scarlett scored again on a 38-yard run before Palmer capped the first-half scoring on a 10-yard run that gave Pocahontas a 28-19 halftime lead.
Palmer scored on a 65-yard run in the third quarter as the Redskins took a 35-19 lead. Jaylen Scales produced Nettleton’s final touchdown on a 30-yard run with 5:14 left in the game and Scarlett completed the two-point conversion pass to Kyle Tolley.
Scarlett finished with 138 yards on 11 carries and passed for 129 yards. O’Rion Pugh added 96 yards on 24 carries for the Raiders. Tolley had six receptions for 85 yards.