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Charleston escapes with 2 TDs in fourth

by Mickey Doyle | September 10, 2011 at 3:03 a.m.

— It looked like a quick trick-play touchdown and a solid defense would hold up for Gentry on Friday, but Charleston, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, wore down the Pioneers and scored two fourthquarter touchdowns to escape with a 14-6 victory.

The Pioneers (0-2) ran a flea-flicker pass on the game’s first play and made the touchdown hold up through three quarters.

The Tigers (2-0) scored on a 40-yard drive with nine minutes remaining in the game to get their first lead, then added a 75-yard interception return with 3:21 left to ice the victory.

“[Gentry] outplayed us a lot tonight and had us on our heels,” Charleston Coach Doug Loughridge said. “Finally, we wore them down in the fourth quarter.”

The Tigers also took advantage of four interceptions and a defense that held the Pioneers to 143 yards of offense.

Gentry got most of that yardage on the game’s first play. Dylan Ochs took a lateral after handing off to a running back, then found Jarod Cousins racing behind the Charleston defense for a 64-yard touchdown pass for a 6-0 lead.

Gentry also came up with its share of defensive stops.

After Seth McCann returned an Ochs interception to the Gentry 37 with eight minutes left in the first half, the Tigers drove inside the 10, but David Weeks was stopped after gaining 3 yards on fourthand-5 from the 9.

Charleston reached the Gentry 33 on its final possession of the first half, but a penalty and two sacks pushed it back across the 50 when the half ended.

The Pioneers also stopped Weeks on fourth down at the 10 with 1:12 left in the third quarter.

“When you get a defensive effort like that, you expect to have a chance to win, and I think we did right down to the end,” Gentry Coach Brian Little said.

The defense finally broke on Charleston’s first possession of the fourth quarter, which ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to McCann from Dustin Shelby. McCann kicked the extra point for a 7-6 lead.

Gentry mounted a last charge with five minutes remaining. Ochs completed three consecutive passes to move the Pioneers from their 39 to the Tigers’ 39. His next pass was intercepted by Zach Craig, who returned it 75 yards for a touchdown.

Craig and McCann had two interceptions each for the Tigers.



FOUNTAIN LAKE — Anthony Napier ran for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to lift Booneville (1-1) over Fountain Lake, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, in a nonconference game.

Napier scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter and on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Michael Pope hit James Cooper with a 24-yard pass for Fountain Lake’s first touchdown, and McKenzie Ross added a 1-yard touchdown run.


WILSON — A punt return and a fumble recovery resulted in touchdowns for Rivercrest, ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, in a victory over Osceola.

Rivercrest’s Robert Cooney had an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 27-yard scoring pass to Dalton Taylor in the third quarter.

Up 7-6 after one quarter, Ty Baber returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown with 7:53 left in the second quarter for a 14-6 lead.

With 10:32 left in the third quarter, Jesse Wamble stripped the Osceola quarterback of the ball and recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and a 20-6 Rivercrest lead.

Allen Walker added a 1-yard run with 10:09 remaining.

Osceola’s only score was a 1-yard run by Sidney Proctor with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.



PRESCOTT — Prescott (2-0) scored with 2:27 remaining in the game when Jesse Glass ran 1 yard for a touchdown and the final score. Nashville (1-1), ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, had tied the game 21-21 with 8:13 left when Jacolby Crow recovered a fumble in the end zone.


HEBER SPRINGS — Michael Ludwig led Heber Springs, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, with 102 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 carries and added a 59-yard touchdown pass to Gunner Nelson. Jeoffrey Anderson added a touchdown on 19 carries for 161 yards.


STAR CITY — Star City (2-0) scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the final 35 seconds to rally past Rison (1-1). Dean Newton caught a 20-yard pass to bring Star City, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, within one with 35 seconds to play. Rison had taken the lead on Jerry Marshall’s 6-yard run with 1:29 remaining. Marshall also had a 9-yard run in the first quarter for a 7-0 Rison lead, and a 2-yard scoring run in the third period to tie the game 21-21. Star City took a 21-7 lead by halftime, the last touchdown coming a 11-yard run by Lavonte Gardner with 3:01 to go in the first half. Rison’s A.J. Smith scored on a 1-yard run with 5:09 to go in the third period, followed by a 2-yard touchdown run by Marshall that tied the game 21-21.


TULSA — Shiloh Christian, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, rebounded from an opening loss as junior quarterback Michael Slone threw three touchdown passes in a 35-12 victory against Tulsa Webster on Friday night. Slone completed 19 of 25 passes for 170 yards and added a rushing touchdown for the Saints (1-1). Backup quarterback Casey Paraday was 7 of 13 for 124 yards and 1 touchdown. Each quarterback threw an interception.

The Saints jumped to a 14-0 lead and led 28-6 at halftime.

Webster opened the third quarter with a time-consuming drive that resulted in a short touchdown to pull within 28-12. Floyd said the Saints did a poor job tackling and stopping the run.

The Saints added a late touchdown on Slone’s 3-yard run to cap the victory. Shiloh linebacker Austin Huett came up with a big interception late in the game.

Saints wide receiver Ryan Michaelis had 6 catches for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns, giving him four touchdowns on the season.



GRAVETTE — Gravette’s Clayton Alexander completed passes to seven different receivers to lead the Lions, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, to a 49-7 victory over McDonald County, Mo., at Lions Stadium.

Alexander completed 15 of 20 passes for 186 yards and 4 touchdowns on the night.

Alexander got it started late in the first quarter. He dropped in a 5-yard scoring lob to Jordan Lundholm as Gravette (2-0) took a 6-0 lead.

Adam Roberts was the recipient of Alexander’s second touchdown throw, a 9-yard slant.

Running back Darrick Strzelecki scored in the second quarter with a 2-yard dive. He led all rushers with 135 yards and two touchdowns.

Alexander continued to spread the ball around, hooking up with Tyler Greenhaw in the right flat. Greenhaw spun out of a tackle and raced 45 yards for a 24-0 Gravette lead at halftime.

Alexander hooked up with his seventh receiver of the night early in the third as Dallas Kerley found the end zone on an 18-yard catch-and-run.



MAGAZINE — Cory Chambers and Ryan Chambers led Magazine (2-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, to a home victory over Subiaco Academy (0-2).


NORPHLET — Zhakeem Hollidy rushed for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 carries to lead Junction City, ranked No.2 in Class 2A, to a victory over Norphlet. The Dragons led 14-3 at the half after a a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Shaquille Hunter to Chris Williams and a 10-yard scoring run by Hollidy Hollidy scored again to open the second half. Flowers scored a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Dragons a 26-3 advantage in the third quarter. Romunskee Flowers totaled 18 carries, 79 yards and one touchdown. Bronte Elliott had 17 carries for 69 yards.


DANVILLE — Danville (1-0) running back Sean Tyra rushed for 331 yards on 26 carries for three touchdowns, including a 6-yard run in overtime to beat Hackett (0-1). Jaylen Ester added two rushing touchdowns for Danville, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, after Logan Bennett completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Dextor Holcomb for Hackett.


RISON — Bearden (2-0) led 33-0 at halftime as B.J. Ross scored on touchdown runs on 19, 15 and 7 yards for Bearden, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, in a victory over Woodlawn (0-2).

DeFonta Lowe added two touchdown passes to Marcus Flint and another to Morico Cone in his only passing attempts. Bearden combined for 329 yards of total offense.



MINERAL SPRINGS — Rashad Williams rushed 25 times for 331 yards and 6 touchdowns and teammate JaJuan Turner scored three times for Mineral Springs, ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, in a high-scoring matchup against Lafayette County.

Three of Williams’ touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, including a 2-yard run with 31 seconds left.

Turner had 30 carries for 140 yards.




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