Alma, Cedarville, and Mountainburg post wins. Northridge and VBFA split with Morrilton.
The VBFA Pointers ran out of time in the final nonconference game of the season.
VBFA and Morrilton traded touchdowns, but the Pointers were unable to get one final touchdown as the Devil Dogs escaped Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field Thursday with a 28-27 win.
The Pointers finish the nonconference portion of the schedule 1-2 and will host Darby (2-1) next week to start the Arkansas River Valley Conference play.
Alma, Cedarville, and Mountainburg all posted junior high wins. Northridge rolled past Morrilton’s eighth-grade team 40-6.
Morrilton 28, VBFA 27
Darby lost to Kimmons 28-21 to start the season, but slipped by Ramsey, 29-28, and Chaffin, 25-22 the next two weeks.
Morrilton took a 28-21 lead with 6:21 remaining in the game after Jacolby Criswell scored on a short quarterback keeper and Xaivar Clemons added the two-point conversion.
VBFA began the next possession with a loss of five yards, but a 20-yard run by Brayden Rivas set up a 42-yard touchdown run by Jude Bartholomew at the 5:07 mark in the third quarter. The PAT went wide, but the Pointers only trailed by one, 28-27.
VBFA tried for the onside kick and it was recovered by Bartholomew. The Pointers were able to convert a fourth-and-seven from the Morrilton 41, but a fumble with 2:07 remaining in the game kept the Pointers from gaining another possession.
VBFA had 209 yards offense, all on the ground. Jackson Hurst paced the ground game with 13 carries for 67 yards. Bartholomew had five carries for 66 yards and Geoffrey Scott added 56 yards on five totes.
Morrilton had 300 yards with 180 on the ground. Criswell (listed as 5-11, 175 on the roster) finished with 118 yards on 13 carries and completed 3 of 8 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
The Pointers struck first after recovering a Morrilton fumble on the Devil Dog 48 after the first play of the game.
Six plays later Bartholomew put up the first points on the board and Gabe Schweizer added the PAT.
VBFA’s offense struggled the duration of the first half. The team fumbled the ball away twice and had to punt after a three-and-out on its remaining two possessions. Morrilton took advantage and was able to lead 14-7 at halftime.
The Pointers got back on track after pushing Morrilton deep in its own territory in the second half. VBFA came up with a sack for a seven-yard loss on a fourth down and took the ball back at the Morrilton 8. Scott scored two plays later to tie up the game, 14-14.
Scott’s touchdown began a scoring spree in which three touchdowns were scored with only 30 seconds off the clock.
Criswell and Devil Dogs answered right back as he hit Marquise Criswell for a 58-yard strike and Morrilton regained the lead at the :48 mark. The two-point conversion failed, but Morrilton led 20-14.
Rivas ripped apart the special teams and scored on a 75-yard kickoff return with Schweizer’s PAT, the Pointers were back in the lead 21-20.
Alma 33, Booneville 6
The Airedales dominated both sides of the ball Thursday at Airedale Stadium at Citizens Bank Field.
“We played well early, which was our focus all week,” said coach J.D. Coursey. “We wanted to come out and start fast, and we were able to do that. Our entire offensive line played exceptionally well. Anytime you can get over 300 yards offense your line is doing well.”
Alma finished with 332 yards as Josh Davis paced the team with 187 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. Grayson Bailey added a TD from a 24-yard pass by Logan Hatcher. Bailey also scored on a 31-yard run.
Coursey said Wesley Painter “played a great game offensively — blocking and running the ball.” Painter scored from 10 yards out.
Middle linebacker Gabe Jensen recorded 11 tackles.
Mountainburg 18, Danville 12 (2OT)
Damien Kissler intercepted a Little John pass in the second overtime to secure Mountainburg’s win Thursday night at Dragon Stadium.
The game was tied 6-6 in regulation. Both teams scored again in the first overtime. Moutainburg scored in the second OT and kept Danville from scoring for the win.
Cedarville 30, Two-Rivers 6
Jose Chavez scored two touchdowns in Thursday’s win at home against Two Rivers.
Calloway Henslee and Bryce Calhoun each added a touchdown for Cedarville (2-1).
The seventh-grade crew won its second straight game by defeating Two Rivers 22-6.
Northridge 40, Morrilton 6
Northridge defeated Morrilton’s eighth-grade team 40-6 Thursday night at Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field.
Aside from giving up a long pass play coach Michael Bowman said the defense dominated Morrilton’s offense. “The whole defensive line got into the backfield on several plays putting pressure on the quarterback,” said Bowman. “Ethan Brown had a huge game on defense. He was in on several tackles and had three tackles for a loss.”
Linebacker Luis Hernandez made several tackles and Bogey Poole hauled in an interception.
Gary Phillips scored three touchdowns for a combined 115 yards, including two 50-yard TD runs. Phillips also had a two-point conversion. Xavier McCormick added a two-yard TD run and a pair of two-point conversions. Caden Brown scored on a 60-yard touchdown run and Luke Dunbar added the final two-point conversion of the night.