It only took 12 seconds to figure out how dominate North Little Rock was Friday night.
On the first play from scrimmage, Khalil Gulley picked off Nathan Sawrie and ran it in untouched from 13 yards out with 11:48 left in the first quarter. The Charging Wildcats, using a single back or spread formation throughout most of the game, were never threatened, cruising 55-13 over Lake Hamilton in the season opener for both teams.
North Little Rock never trailed, leading 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and 41-0 at halftime.
The Charging Wildcats (1-0) used a mixture steady drives — Land hit K.J. Hill for a 2-yard touchdown on their third drive of the game — and big plays — Juan Day scored on an 89-yard touchdown run — to put the Wolves (0-1) away early.
Day's 89-yard run was the highlight of the half, taking Land's handoff off left tackle, going up the sideline and cruising in the final 25 yards for the score.
At halftime, North Little Rock led Lake Hamilton 387-55 in total yardage.
In addition to Day's score, North Little Rock scored on a 57-yard run by Fabian Lewis and a 33-yard reception from quarterback Heath Land to K.J. Hill on a screen in the first half.
With the sportsmanship rule in effect for the second half, Lake Hamilton got on the board with 8:43 left in the third quarter following a bad punt by the Charging Wildcats, with Donnell West taking the ball in for a 23-yard touchdown on the opening play of their drive. Hill answered back for North Little Rock on the ensuing kickoff, taking it back 99 yards for a touchdown and a 41-6 lead.
Day finished with 151 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Land went 7-for-11 through the air for 180 yards, 2 scores and an interception, all in the first half. Both touchdowns went to Hill, who finished with five receptions for 66 yards and three total scores.
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