Mountainburg and Alma pick up road victories while Van Buren and Cedarville suffer setbacks.
The Dragons recovered six Lavaca turnovers en route to grabbing its second straight 2A-4 Conference game Friday night at Jimmy B. Hobbs Stadium as Mountainburg defeated the Golden Arrows 34-7.
Mountainburg was able to convert three of those turnovers into points. The first allowed the Dragons to lead 13-0 after an interception by Dillon Jones put his squad on their own 43. Then game the longest Mountainburg drive of the night, a 10-play drive capped on a three-yard jaunt by Robert Roxin, who finished with 74 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
The score allowed the Dragons to lead 13-0 with 3:48 remaining in the first half.
Lavaca answered right back with an 11-play drive that only soaked up 2:44 of the clock. Quarterback Tyler Armistead was rocking and rolling has he completed 6 of 8 passes for 51 yards and set the Golden Arrows up on the Dragon 16. Junior fullback Cody Harris punched it in three plays later and added the PAT to cut into the Mountainburg lead, 13-7 with 1:04 left in the half.
Harris would finish the game with 78 yards on 16 carries and had three catches for 22 yards.
Not wanting Lavaca to have any momentum going into the break, Mountainburg looked to regain the two-touchdown lead.
Senior quarterback Quency Pixley opened the drive with a 23-yard pass to senior Jaden Carver to the Lavaca 25. Pixley let loose another long pass, but it was intercepted by Ryan Dockery in the end zone. However, a pass interference call was made and the Dragons regained its opportunity at the Lavaca 12 with 22 seconds left in the half.
Pixley covered the first eight yards and added the final four on the next play for the touchdown. Mountainburg led 19-7 at halftime after the two-point conversion came up short.
Mountainburg recovered three more turnovers in the third quarter and scored on the first two to go up 34-7. Pixley, who finished 5 of 11 passing for 71 yards and one TD, hit Connor Rogers for a 25-yard strike. Shane Rye added the two-point conversion and the Dragons led 27-7.
The Dragons scooped up another turnover and Rye scored on a six-yard run for the final margin.
Rye finished the game with 72 yards on 17 carries. Pixley had 33 yards on 10 totes.
Mountainburg (3-2, 2-2 2A-4) travels Johnson County Westside (1-3, 1-2) next week.
Alma won its second straight game and defeated Farmington 35-14 in the first meeting between the two teams.
The Airedales (3-2, 2-0 5A West) led 14-6 before Farmington rolled back to tie up the game 14-14 with 11 seconds remaining in the first half.
Alma’s defense shut down the Cardinals in the second half as Garrison Jensen scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to push the lead to 28-14. Noah Dotson added another score from 18 yards out for the final margin of the night.
Kaleb Pike scored two touchdowns in the first half on runs of four and 14 yards.
Alma is back on the road next week with a trip to Morrilton (4-1, 2-0).
Bentonville (4-1, 2-0) had a 21-7 advantage on Van Buren halfway through the second quarter and ballooned it to a 42-7 lead by halftime. The Tigers won 56-14.
The Pointers (1-4, 0-2 7A West) host Heritage (0-5, 0-2) next week.
Cedarville dropped a close one to Perryville 29-26. The Pirates travel to Mansfield next week.