Crossett holds

off OsceolaOSCEOLA — Crossett built a 20-point lead Saturday night and held off Osceola 26-20 in high school football.

The Eagles (1-0) led 20-0 early in the second quarter, but needed a last-second defensive stop to deny the Seminoles (0-1). Dontaven Littleton’s fourth-down pass to A.J. Harris was broken up with less than a second left in the game, clinching Crossett’s victory.

Tyrique Jones scored two first-quarter touchdowns and Jackson Moore returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown at the 11:44 mark of the second quarter as Crossett built a 20-0 lead.

Osceola’s rally began in the second quarter as Littleton found Jaden Brown on a 23-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining, followed by Logan Slayton’s extra point to set the halftime score at 20-7.

The Seminoles moved closer on Littleton’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Jabari Person with 10:39 left in the third quarter.

Crossett was denied twice after driving inside the Osceola 5-yard line in the third quarter, once on a fumbled snap and again on a missed 26-yard field goal. Jones threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Williams to give the Eagles a 26-13 lead with 10:08 left in the game.

Harris scored on a 3-yard run with 3:15 remaining to pull Osceola within six points.

Littleton was 9-of-21 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns, also adding 53 yards on 20 carries. Landrian Clayton led Osceola in receiving with four catches for 86 yards.

JHS remains third in 6A pollJONESBORO — Jonesboro remained third in the Class 6A rankings in this week’s Arkansas Sports Media high school football poll.

The Hurricane rallied to defeat Little Rock Catholic 28-24 in Friday’s season opener. Greenwood and Benton lead the five-team 6A rankings, followed by Jonesboro, Lake Hamilton and West Memphis.

Wynne moved up one place to fourth in the Class 5A rankings after defeating Marion 35-19 last week. Both Osceola and Newport moved up in the Class 3A rankings, standing third and fourth, respectively, after their season openers.

Jonesboro was also among the teams receiving votes for the Overall top 10. Area teams receiving votes in their respective classifications included Valley View (Class 5A), Pocahontas (Class 4A) and Hoxie (Class 3A).

Bryant remains No. 1 in the Overall rankings, followed by Bentonville, North Little Rock, Greenwood, Conway, Pulaski Academy, Little Rock Christian, Benton, Springdale Har-Ber and Fayetteville.