West Memphis jumped on Little Rock Central for three touchdowns in the first eight minutes and cruised the rest of the way for a 41-15 victory over the Tigers.
On the game's second play from scrimmage, West Memphis' Curtis Hill intercepted a Jacob Howard pass and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown.
After an onside kick by West Memphis' Dylan Wiggington was recovered by the Blue Devils, Quincy Marshall scored a 3-yard touchdown for a 13-0 Blue Devils lead.
Six minutes later, Blue Devils quarterback Michael Troxler connected with Steven Stone for a 28-yard touchdown and a 19-0 West Memphis cushion.
"Obviously, that set the tone for the rest of the night," West Memphis Coach Billy Elmore said. "[Hill] did a great job getting underneath that pass for the pick-six, and from there it just kind of snowballed on [Central]."
The West Memphis defense put two touchdowns on the board in the first half as sophomore linebacker Kendarius Moore picked off Howard and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.
West Memphis (3-0) led 33-0 at halftime thanks to a Troxler rushing touchdown with 2:21 left in the second quarter.
Junior running back Rodney Doby, in his first start of the season, rushed for 121 yards and the Blue Devils' defensive charged was led for a third consecutive game by senior defensive end Verndarious Hodges, who had three sacks.
The West Memphis defense allowed just 2 rushing yards and 1 first down in the first half, and only 64 rushing yards for the game.
"We knew [West Memphis] was good on defense," Little Rock Central Coach Ellis Register said. "They're pretty solid, and they're well-coached."
The Tigers (1-2) got on the board in the third quarter when backup quarterback Donald Richardson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Chris Sanders to make it 33-8 after a two-point conversion pass by Richardson.
The Tigers got a late fourth-quarter touchdown by Devionn Mosby.
Sports on 09/16/2017
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