Cedarville snapped a seven-game loss string and sent Yellville-Summit on one of its own as the Pirates picked up the 3A-1 Conference win in the home finale at Glen Wisely Field Friday night.
The Pirates (2-7, 1-5) engineered four scoring drives including one for 99 yards and another for 91 in the first half and accrued 314 yards of offense while limiting the Panthers (1-8, 0-6) to just 46.
Damian King had 103 yards in the first half as well as the first two touchdowns on runs of 17 and 10 yards.
King’s second score was the end of the 99-yard drive that saw the punt roll to the Pirate run. Junior quarterback Cruz Rhea started with a four-yard and after two plays gained 15 yards, King broke free for a 60-yard run and was brought down at the Panther 20. Two plays later, King scored.
Rhea added another TD with a one-yard keep on a fourth-and-goal to make it 22-0 with 5:42 remaining in the half.
Sophomore Caleb Stockton scored on a six-yard run with :56 left to make it 28-0 at the break to cap a 91-yard drive.
Cedarville scored on its opening possession of the second half and King added his third TD of the night with a five-yard gain with 8:10 left in the third. Abe Hernandez had runs of 17, 11 and 13 during that possession to keep the Pirates moving down the field. After the two-point conversion failed, Cedarville was up 34-0.
The Pirates utilized most of their back-ups for the duration of the game.
Big plays helped the Panthers from being shutout of the game.
The first was on Yellville-Summit’s eight possession of the night when quarterback Christian Campbell completed a 73-yard touchdown pass, but missed the ensuing two-point conversion to make it 34-6 at the 6:25 mark in the fourth.
Cedarville had to put its next possession, and that was returned 74 yards by Freddy Nieto to the Cedarville 1. Preston Carpenter scored on the next play and hauled in the pass for the two-point conversion for the final margin of the game, 34-14, with 3:38 left in the game.
Cedarville finished with 442 yards of offense for the game and Abe Hernandez had 19 carries for 136 yards. King had 11 carries for 129 yards and three TDs. Rhea completed 6 of 13 passes for 93 yards.