MAGNOLIA, Ark. – Prescott couldn’t stop the Rison running game, and Magnolia failed against Warren’s passing attack Tuesday in the Hooten’s Classic at Southern Arkansas University.
A crowd of more than 5,000 watched 219-pound junior Jamarien Frye score on a 5-yard run in the second overtime period, and then add the decisive two-pointer as the Wildcats edged third-ranked Prescott, 42-40. Frye rushed for 270 of Rison’s 400-plus yards, and scored three touchdowns in the 2019 season opener.
“Frye is a good football player; we had trouble tackling him tonight,” said Prescott coach Tommy Poole. “We knew what he was coming into the game, and knew it was going to be an issue. Sometimes we tackled him, and sometimes we weren’t able to. They sustained drives in the second half, and we shot ourselves in the foot twice. We’ll learn a lot from this game. We’re a better football team now.”
Rison shut down Wolves in second half
The Curley Wolves built a 28-14 lead in the first half, only to see Rison score twice in the first 15:22 of the second half to tie the game.
Prescott took the second half kickoff and marched to the Wildcats’ 26 before turning the ball over on down. Rison drove those 74 yards in 10 plays with running back Donganell Hoke doing most of the damage. Hoke scored on a 2-yard run with 4:41 left in the third quarter. However, Hoke was stacked up short of the goalline, leaving the Wolves on top, 28-20.
Rison got the ball back with 2:13 left in the third period, driving 76 yards in 14 plays. Senior quarterback Jaylon Henry got the six-pointer on a keeper from nine yards, and Frye added the tying two-pointer.
It was looking bad for the Wolves when Rison started another drive at its own 23 with 6:49 left in regulation. Frye carried the ball six times, once a 46-yard gallop that set up a first-and-goal at the 8. Prescott’s defense made its best stand of the game after a fourth down sack by sophomore Bayliss Price.
Junior Alex George scored from 10 yards out in the first OT to put the Wolves back on top. Unfortunately for Prescott, the PAT kick hit the left upright and bounced away no good. Frye tied it back up by converting a fourth-and-1, but junior Landon Cross tackled Frye for no gain on the PAT attempt. Rison did not try to kick a PAT the entire game.
Junior quarterback Jacobi Nolen scored on first down for Prescott in the second extra period. but George was met for no gain on the attempt to tie the score again.
Prescott recovered a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff, scoring less than two minutes into the game. Sophomore Jacalyn Zachery broke free on a 35-yard scoring run, and Luis Rabadan kicked the extra point.
The Wildcats scored after the ensuing kickoff when Jerrion Marshall raced in from 13 yards, and added the two-pointer to put Rison on top, 8-7. Seconds later Zachery got behind Rison’s secondary en route to a 74-yard scoring pass from Nolen. The Wildcats answered again when Frye ran through several tacklers from 17 yards.
Nolen scored on a 15-yard run, and Derriun Thompson added six points to make it 28-14 at intermission.
Warren pulls away in second half against Panthers
An early interception by Magnolia linebacker Malachi Copeland enabled the Panthers to capture an early 6-0 lead against Warren.
The Lumberjacks, winners of seven straight 8-4A titles, stormed back on two touchdown passes by sophomore Riley Cornish, and a 6-yard run by senior Vincent Steppes on their way to a 41-21 victory. Steppes finished the game with four touchdowns, including a long run with a screen pass. He also had a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown nullified by a holding penalty.
Magnolia’s comeback suffered with starting quarterback Braelyn Beasley was injured, and his backup was ejected after losing his temper. Sophomore Tanner Neilson took over and performed well, but the Panthers’ passing game wasn’t clicking. Beasley scored Magnolia’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run, and Amir Cooper got the second TD on a 9-yard sprint. Cooper finished with over 100 yards to pace the Panthers’ wing-t ground attack. DeMarco Walker scored Magnolia’s final six-pointer.
Cornish also threw a 79-yard touchdown pass with 10:31 left for the game’s final points.