With time running out in the third quarter, Sylvan Hills’ Tra Doss took a read option keeper up the middle for a touchdown. After a two-point conversion, the Bears trailed Pulaski Academy by just a field goal with 16 seconds left in the quarter.
Three plays later, the Bruins made sure they weren’t threatened again.
On their third play of the ensuing drive, Will Hefley hit Tre Bruce for a 30-yard touchdown pass, starting a string of 21-straight points and paving the way for Pulaski Academy’s 49-25 victory at Bill Blackwood Field.
With the win the Bruins locked up the 5A Central title.
Early on, Pulaski Academy (8-0, 5-0 5A Central) leaned heavily on their defense, with their quick-strike offense scoring just once in the opening quarter on a 35-yard swing pass from Hefley to Zach Kelley, which came after the Bears (6-2, 4-2) opened the game with a touchdown on a 11-yard touchdown run by Marlon Clemmons.
The Bruins led 21-10 at halftime after a 5-yard touchdown run by Tyler Colquitt with 1:41 left in the second quarter.
Sylvan Hills began their charge back in the third quarter, trailing 28-10 with a 48-yard touchdown run by Clemmons late in the third quarter to make it 28-17. Doss — whom coach Jim Withrow called the “best read option quarterback in the state” — made it 28-25 with just seconds remaining in the quarter on a 12-yard keeper for the score.
However, the Bruins would quickly wipe out the threat, scoring their final three touchdowns in a span of 4:08 in the fourth quarter, starting with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hefley to Tre Bruce to make it 35-25. Colquitt’s second touchdown run of the night, a 15-yard jaunt, made it 42-25 and Kelley’s second touchdown catch of the night capped the scoring.
Read more about this game in tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.