JONESBORO — Westside earned its first victory of the season in dominant fashion Friday night.
The Warriors scored 20 points in the first 13 minutes of play and went on to rout Blytheville 27-0 in 4A-3 conference football. Westside improved to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while Blytheville (0-5, 0-2) was shut out for the third time this season.
Westside scored its first points on special teams after pushing Blytheville back on its first possession. The Chickasaws' punter lost the handle on a snap and the Warriors' Gus Yearta recovered in the end zone for a touchdown with 9:18 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors drove 62 yards for their second touchdown. Cameron Hedger finished the drive on a 1-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter.
Westside's Connor Crain recovered a Blytheville fumble at the Chickasaws' 33 late in the first quarter. Hedger broke a 12-yard run on third-and-7 from the 30, then scored on a 13-yard run in the first minute of the second quarter as the Warriors took a 20-0 lead.
The Warriors closed the scoring with a defensive touchdown in the third quarter as Hedger returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown. Hayden Alls kicked his third extra point of the game with 4:15 remaining in the period.
Hedger led the Warriors' offense with 126 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Pocahontas 35, Gosnell 14
POCAHONTAS — Connor Baker ran for three touchdowns and scored another touchdown on special teams Friday night to lead Pocahontas to a 35-14 victory over Gosnell in 4A-3 conference football.
Baker ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in the first half. He also scooped up a bad punt snap by the Pirates (1-3, 1-1) and scored as the Redskins (3-2, 1-1 conference) opened a 28-0 halftime lead.
Pocahontas put the sportsmanship rule into effect by recovering an errant Gosnell snap for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
Trumann 35, Highland 8
HIGHLAND — Murphy Williams accounted for four touchdowns, two rushing and two passing, to lead Trumann to a 35-8 victory over Highland in 4A-3 conference football Friday night.
The Wildcats (4-1, 2-0 conference) opened a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Eli Evett’s 8-yard run and the first of Efrain Garcia’s five extra points.
Trumann led 21-0 at halftime. Williams fired a 22-yard touchdown pass to Parks McNair with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter, then broke a 62-yard touchdown run with 5:36 left in the half.
Williams found Luke Montgomery on a 61-yard touchdown pass with 9:51 left in the third quarter. He closed the Wildcats’ scoring on a 18-yard run with 4:34 remaining in the third period.
Highland (2-3, 0-2 conference) scored its lone touchdown on Wyatt Goodman’s 4-yard pass to Linden Whitlow in the fourth quarter. Warren Burton added the two-point conversion.
Rivercrest 16, Cave City 13
CAVE CITY — Rivercrest scored two touchdowns in the first half Friday night and held off Cave City for a 16-13 victory in 4A-3 conference football.
The Colts (3-1, 2-0 conference) moved in front with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter on a reverse pass, Lath Latham firing a 74-yard touchdown pass to Brandyn Brownlee. Mike Sharp threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mike Rainer with 2:17 left in the second quarter, followed by Josh Johnson’s second extra point.
Cave City (3-2, 1-1) closed the gap on Jacob Moore’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Jones with 47 seconds left in the half. Emilia Beller’s extra point pulled the Cavemen within 14-7 at halftime.
Maddox Moreland’s 54-yard touchdown run brought Cave City within 14-13 with 9:43 left in the game. Brownlee batted down Moore’s two-point conversion pass to keep the Colts in the lead.
Rivercrest drove inside the Cave City 1-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. The Colts recorded a safety with 2:29 left in the game when Octavio Chirinos tackled Ashton Harrell in the end zone, setting the final score at 16-13.
Rivercrest finished with 424 total yards while holding Cave City to 219. Moreland led the Cavemen with 69 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Sharp was 22-of-31 for 258 yards and a touchdown. The Colts had 332 passing yards as a team.
Rainer caught eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, while Brownlee had three receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Latham caught six passes for 76 yards.
Tray Jones led Rivercrest in rushing with 62 yards on 17 carries.
Newport 41, Riverview 0
NEWPORT — Newport averaged better than 10 yards per play offensively Friday night on the way to a 41-0 rout of Riverview in 3A-2 conference football.
The Greyhounds (3-2, 2-0 conference) finished with more than four times as many yards as the Raiders (4-2, 1-1). Newport rolled up 467 yards in a balanced effort while holding Riverview to 111.
Kylan Crite caught three passes for 165 yards, scoring a touchdown on each catch. He also had one of the Greyhounds’ three interceptions.
Jammariel Balentine led Newport in rushing with 169 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Eli Alcorn was 3-of-6 passing for 114 yards and two touchdowns, while Dylan Braxton was 2-for-2 for 103 yards and another score.
Newport took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Crite caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Alcorn and Alcorn scored on a 1-yard run, followed by Balentine’s two-point conversion.
The Greyhounds led 35-0 at halftime after scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter, the first on Crite’s 37-yard reception from Alcorn.
Crite also caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from Braxton in the second quarter and Balentine reached the end zone on a 63-yard run.
Jalen Pollard, who finished with 57 yards on four carries, scored Newport’s final touchdown on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Brendon Curry and Jadarius Reed also intercepted passes for Newport, which forced five turnovers.
Manila 19, Corning 6
MANILA — Manila earned its fourth consecutive victory Friday night by scoring two second-half touchdowns to defeat Corning 19-6 in 3A-3 conference football.
The Lions (4-1, 2-0 conference) snapped a 6-6 tie when Brian Neal II scored on a 3-yard run with 1:31 remaining in the third quarter. Dustin Clark gave Manila breathing room when he scored on a 4-yard run with 9:26 left in the game, followed by Kurt Overton’s extra point.
Corning (1-4, 0-2) scored first when Manila muffed a punt early in the first quarter, but the Lions drew even when Overton scored on a 52-yard run with 1:24 remaining in the first quarter.
Overton led the Lions with 114 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Clark added 88 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Both also had an interception on defense.
Peyton McQueen finished with eight tackles and Gabe Bennett added five for the Lions.
Osceola 67, Piggott 0
PIGGOTT — Travelle Anderson produced 135 yards and three touchdowns on only seven carries Friday night as Osceola routed Piggott 67-0 in 3A-3 conference football.
The Seminoles (3-1, 2-0 conference) finished with 404 total yards in their first game since Sept. 3. Dontaven Littleton was 7-of-9 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Jaleel Tribblet, T.J. Bell, Jabari Person and Skyler Young all had interceptions for Osceola’s defense.
Osceola led 46-0 at halftime. Anderson got the Seminoles started when he scored on a 9-yard run with 5:54 left in the first quarter.
Young returned an interception 33 yards for Osceola’s next touchdown at the 2:15 mark, followed by Logan Slayton’s extra point. Anderson scored on a 14-yard run with 1:58 remaining as the Seminoles took a 20-0 lead into the second quarter.
Littleton found Keenan Jackson on a 30-yard touchdown pass at the 10:49 mark of the second quarter. Osceola scored three touchdowns in the final five minutes of the half, starting with Noah Ennis’ 30-yard punt return with 4:25 remaining.
Person caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Littleton with 1:43 remaining and Anderson scored on an 84-yard run on the final play of the half.
Young scored on a 16-yard run and Slayton returned a fumble 34 yards for another score in the third quarter. Bell scored on a 17-yard run with 4:17 left in the game.
Bell finished with 69 yards on two carries as the Seminoles produced 234 rushing yards as a team. Osceola was 8-of-10 passing for 174 yards as a team.
Jackson finished with three receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Harris also caught three passes for 66 yards.
Harrisburg 14, Walnut Ridge 12
WALNUT RIDGE — Harrisburg held off Walnut Ridge for a 14-12 victory Friday night in 3A-3 conference football.
Trey Blackwood and Samuel Moore scored rushing touchdowns for the Hornets, who also forced a couple of key turnovers inside their own 20-yard line. Walnut Ridge (2-3, 1-1) led 6-0 in the second quarter before Harrisburg (2-3, 1-1) scored and added the two-point conversion for an 8-6 halftime lead.