Trojan falls in heartbreaking fashion on Henderson campus
Arkadelphia — Hot Springs head coach Darrell Burnett has won most of the fields where he played college football.
At Henderson State University’s Carpenter Haygood Stadium, the Trojans (1-1) led Arkadelphia 20-7 early in the third quarter.
The Hot Springs then took a 28-21 lead, with Arkadelphia (2-0) scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion to give the Hot Springs a 29-28 win.
“We should have, wanted, could have done,” Burnett said. It’s a small thing.”
Burnett stressed that a timeout could help in the second half of the contest, and that the Trojans would need to fix their kicking game to start the season after two shaky games. There were other moments throughout where Hot Springs managed to bed the game.
“This is a collection of everything,” says Burnett. “When you get defensive stops you have to capitalize on them. At 20-7 you know we had them on the ropes. Stops where you need to score. There have been times when there was a ‘I know it could’ made them on the one-sided side where they had to chunk it instead of running a big quarterback. Of a nature. You must have a sense of urgency.
Burnett added that when playing a championship-level program like Arkadelphia, teams need to take advantage of minor aspects of the game. He said the Trojans wouldn’t win morally, but there was certainly something to be gained from a tough fight against the No. 1 Class 4A team.
“We’ve dealt with adversity,” Burnett said. “The biggest thing is we converted some big third downs. We converted defensive stops. We did a lot of good things.
Hot Springs’ Matthew Contreras delivered another quality performance for the Trojans in his second start.
“Derrick Hicks played really well,” Burnett said. “Quarterback Matthew Contreras had 250-plus passing yards and 100-plus rushing yards. Octavius Rose played really well. Placed. Demarias Porter also played well with some sacks… one of which had to be tampered with.”
Burnett said the performance made his program feel like “you belong a little bit”.
“I wouldn’t say you made a statement,” he said. “I won’t speak unless I win”
Junior Rams dominate Russellville
Lakeside’s middle school football team defeated Russellville, 30-0, on Thursday night.
The Junior Rams opened the scoring with a 39-yard touchdown run by Bo Bullock with 6:34 left to play in the first quarter. Block early on he tackled a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.
After a stout stand from Lakeside’s defense, Brock punched in from the 3-yard line and Wally Walcott found Luke Lubreski for the two-point conversion.
Walcott struck out early in the second quarter when he found Drew Morgan for a 47-yard touchdown pass. Sam Luse added an extra point to the Junior Ram advantage of 23-0.
Lakeside set up the final when Walcott connected with Ajay Barnes on a 17-yard touchdown pass, with Ruth knocking a point after the try. Walcott gave him 207 yards and he scored twice as he finished 15-for-13.
Brock scored two touchdowns for 145 yards and 14 carries, and Drew Morgan added four receptions for 81 yards and a score. Barnes finished with four catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. Declan McKinney led the Junior Rams with seven tackles, while Preston DeGrasse and Cavan Morgan each had an interception.
The eighth grade Rams defeated Russellville, 30-14. Lakeside took an early lead when Emerson Collins found Quadarius Jackson on a 47-yard touchdown pass. Collins kept it for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
Jackson put Lakeside ahead 14–8 after a 16-yard touchdown ramper. Collins connected with Ethan Hornbeck on his two-point attempt for a 16-8 Lakeside edge.
After the first half trailing 16-14, Collins scored on a 36-yard carry before Jackson scored on a conversion attempt for a 24-14 lead. With 1:12 to play in the game, Collins returned home an interception to set up the final.
malvern stomp glen rose
MALVERN — Malvern recorded 659 total offensive yards in the Leopards’ 59-20 victory over Glenn Rose on Friday.
Malvern quarterback Cedric Simmons passed 8 of 12 for 220 yards and 2 points. Jalen Dupree was Simmons’ favorite target, gaining 117 yards and scoring one with four receptions.
Dupree also led Malvern (2-0) at the ground. He carried the ball 13 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Donta Cagle had 123 yards and two points on just two carries. Simmons also contributed to the running game, gaining 70 yards and three touchdowns on 11 attempts.
Arric Clegg and Romere Bennett led the Leopards’ defense with 12 total tackles each. Clegg accounted for 11 solo tackles and Bennett made 10 solo stops.
Centerpoint Edge MENA
MENA — For the second week in a row, Center Point beat their opponents by two points.
The Knights (2-0) defeated Hackett 34-32 in Week 0 and beat Mena 15-13 on Friday night.
After a scoreless first quarter, Center Point led 8-7 at halftime. The Knights added his seven in the third quarter to go 15-7 heading into the final quarter of the game. Mena scored six in the fourth inning, but was unable to complete the comeback.