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Junction City beats Des Arc to win Class 2A state title

By Troy Schulte

This article was originally published December 21, 2013 at 3:04 p.m. Updated December 21, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.

Junction City vs. Des Arc

Junction City won 60-0 against Des Arc to earn the Class 2A state title in high school football. (By Daniel Krupsaw)
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A year ago, Junction City needed every play to upend Bearden for the Class 2A state title. Saturday's victory over Des Arc didn't require nearly as much work.

Jarkell Brown caught a pass in the flat from Randall Holyfield and ran for a 64-yard score on the Dragons' second play and essentially sealed a 60-0 victory over Des Arc at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock for their second consecutive 2A title and fifth in 11 years.

Junction City (13-0) scored touchdowns on all nine of its possessions and averaged 14.6 yards per play while rolling to the largest margin of victory in a title game in Arkansas history.

It came a year after Junction City needed to score on a Hail Mary on the game's final play to beat Bearden 27-26.

Dragons Coach David Carpenter preferred the way Saturday's game played out, even if the entire game was played through a steady rain.

"It's a lot easier this way," Carpenter said.

JaQwis Dancy rushed for 163 yards and scored 2 touchdowns while earning Most Valuable Player honors in the game for the second consecutive year. His 67-yard run came after Brown's catch and a 31-yard run by Holyfield that gave the Dragons a 20-0 lead. Brown's 53- yard catch from Holyfield made it 26-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Keyundra Evans then scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and Holyfield added another touchdown run to make it 41-0 at halftime.

"We got on them early right there at the start of the game and kind of made them have to press, so that messed them up," Carpenter said. "We continued to do a few things that put a lot of pressure on them."

The entire second half was played with a running clock because of the Arkansas Activities Association's sportsmanship rule, as Dancy, Josh Armstrong and Sam Williams each scored on touchdown runs.

But it was the first quarter that really decided the game.

After Brown's touchdown catch that made it 7-0, Junction City forced a punt then Holyfield scored on its second play of the drive a run up the middle from 31 yards out.

On the next drive, Dancy's 67-yard run was also on the second play of the drive, as was Brown's 53-yard catch that made it 26-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Dragons ran 8 plays in the first quarter, gaining 236 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns. Des Arc (11-3), which had won 10 consecutive games before Saturday, gained 46 yards on 12 plays in that time.

The Eagles finished with 126 yards of total offense and the closest it got to scoring was reaching Junction City's 30-yard line before turning it over on downs in the fourth quarter.

"Our defense was flying everywhere, so I knew we would get stops," Dancy said. "All we had to do was score."

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