SEARCY -- Searcy blasted Pine Bluff 55-15 on Friday night at Lion Stadium in Searcy in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs.
Searcy quarterback Bryce Dixon completed 14 of 29 passes for 209 yards and 5 touchdowns. Searcy Coach Mark Kelley said it could have been even better.
"We had three or four that just didn't quite make it," he said. "Just an inch or two here and there would have made a lot of difference."
Junior wide receiver Marlon Crockett had three touchdown catches, and senior running back Damien Young had two catches for scores and a 2-yard run for another.
After Pine Bluff (4-8) scored the game's first touchdown, Searcy responded on a 33-yard scoring pass from Dixon to Young.
The Zebras kept the ball for almost four minutes on their next possession but turned the ball over on downs at the Searcy 44.
Dixon completed four of seven passes on the Searcy's next drive, connecting with Crockett for a 16-yard touchdown with 2:01 left in the first quarter.
A bad snap on a Pine Bluff punt attempt put the Lions back in business at the Zebras' 15. Young scored from 2 yards out and a 21-7 lead with 11:18 left in the first half.
Searcy's Jaquavius Robinson intercepted a Shauwn Howell pass and returned it to the Pine Bluff 13.
A holding penalty on the Zebras, and four Dixon passes that fell incomplete gave Pine Bluff the ball at its own 7.
The Zebras were forced to punt, and Searcy needed three plays to score from its 46 with the touchdown coming on a 24-yard pass from Dixon to Young for a 28-7 lead.
Sports on 11/23/2019