Conway took advantage of four turnovers, a tweaked running game and some quick adjustments Friday night to keep its postseason hopes alive with a 35-17 victory over Little Rock Central at Quigley Stadium in Little Rock.
The Cats rushed for almost 300 yards with McCall Dail carrying the bulk of the load from the Wildcat formation after quarterback Jovonte Johnson left in the first half with an injury and Parker Teague was limited as he is recovering from another injury. At one point, tight end Jack Pillow had to put on a tackle number because of another injury.
The Cats (2-6, 2-3) survived with a 14-point outburst in the fourth quarter. If they win one of their remaining two games (against Little Rock Catholic and Bryant), they will secure a postseason berth. If they win both, they could clinch a home berth in the first round of the playoffs.
Dail, with Conway keeping Central (0-5 in 7A Central) off balance with jet sweeps by its receivers, scored twice on 1-yard runs in the second half. He capped a 95-yard drive, after an interception by Ben Horn, with a 12-yard pass reception from Teague, who was pressed into emergency duty and calmly led the drive.
Dail scored twice after the Tigers took a 17-14 led on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Howard to Terrance Jones early in the third quarter.
Shamar Harper scored Conway’s other touchdown on a 24-yard run.
Johnson passed to Marquis Pleasant in the first quarter for Conway’s other touchdown.
At Clarksville, Greenbrier quarterback Neal Burcham connected on a 52-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game and the Panthers (7-1, 5-0) maintained first place inm 5A West with the 36-8 victory over winless Clarksville.
Burcham threw two more TD passes — 8 and 13 yards — and added a 33-yard scoring toss to Brandon Thomas as Greenbrier built a 36-0 lead at the half, applying the mercy rule.
Seth Howard followed a 40-yard punt return with a 10-yard run for Greenbrier’s other touchdown.
Morrilton 35, Vilonia 7
At Morrilton, the Devil Dogs (3-5, 3-2) solidified their playoff hopes and virtually eliminated Vilonia’s with the 35-7 victory,
The Devil Dogs built a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Eagles (4-4, 1-4) scored their only touchdown when Luke Gordon’s run capped a 70-yard drive.
Conway Christian 49
Cutter Morning Star 0
At Cutter, Conway Christian solidified its third-place hopes in 5-2A with the 49-0 romp over Cutter Morning Star.
The Eagles (6-2, 3-2) led 28-0 after a quarter and 42-0 at the half, invoking the mercy rule against CSM (4-4, 1-4)
The Eagles amassed 429 yards of offense and held CSM to 78, 20 on the ground.
CCS quarterback Jacob Wood was 12-17 for 234 yards in throwing to seven different receivers. He had scoring passes of 37 yards to Robbie Hogue, 21 and 26 yards to Seth Smith, 16 yards to Will Jackson and 22 yards to Luke Gates. Wood kept for a 1-yard TD. Trey Starkey accounted for the other score on a 75-yard return of a bobbled kick.
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