Football: Russellville rolls over Siloam Springs

Posted: November 4, 2017 at 5:52 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Russellville quarterback Ryan Tally and his favorite target, wide receiver Rhett Adkins, were definitely on the same page Friday night.

Adkins caught 11 passes from Tally for 249 yards and one touchdown, and Tally threw for 360 yards as Russellville jumped out to an early 27-0 lead and went on to defeat Siloam Springs 55-21 at Cyclone Stadium.

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First Quarter

Russellville — R. Adkins 5 run (Tally kick), 9:19.

Russellville — Thomas 14 pass from Tally (Tally kick), 7:35.

Russellville — Tally 20 run (kick failed), 6:33.

Russellville — Peter 13 pass from Tally (Tally kick) 1:38.

Siloam Springs — Sorrells 77 pass from Pool (Perez kick), 0:11.

Second Quarter

Russellville — Luster 13 pass from Tally (run failed), 10:58.

Third Quarter

Siloam Springs — Moose 8 pass from Pool (Perez kick), 9:55.

Russellville — Peter 11 pass from Tally (Tally kick), 6:50.

Siloam Springs — Thrailkill 1 run (Perez kick), 3:56.

Russellville — D. Adkins 9 run (R. Adkins run), 2:11

Fourth Quarter

Russellville — R. Adkins 47 pass from Tally (Tally kick), 11:22.

Tally finished 20 of 28 passing, and the up-tempo Cyclones (5-5, 4-3 6A-West) had more than 600 yards of offense in the rout of the Panthers (2-8, 1-6).

"We worked really hard this week of picking up our pace," said first-year Cyclones coach Jeff Weaver. "We've sort of slowed down recently and not even realized it. Our kids play a lot better when we go fast. We have several weapons and it's hard to cover them all up. Adkins had a great night. Tally played really well."

The Cyclones had their foot on the gas early, scoring on their first five possessions to go up 33-7.

Tally hit Adkins for a 39-yard pass on the Cyclones' second offensive play, and Adkins took a reverse in for a score to go up 7-0.

Tally found Greg Thomas for a 14-yard touchdown and after a Russellville interception, he ran for a 20-yard touchdown as the Cyclones went up 20-0.

Russellville made it 27-0 on a 13-yard pass from Tally to Marquise Peter with 1:38 left.

Siloam Springs, which saw its season come to an end, got on the scoreboard when Marquan Sorrells took a short pass and outraced the Cyclones for a 77-yard score to make it 27-7.

The Cyclones answered when Tally found Jacob Luster for a 13-yard score to make it 33-7. Russellville's defense stuffed Kaiden Thrailkill on the goalline to keep the Panthers from chipping into the lead.

Siloam Springs did hit Russellville for a pair of scores in the third quarter, with Pool finding Tristan Moose for a TD pass and Thrailkill scoring, but the Cyclones answered each time.

Tally threw a touchdown pass to Peters and Drake Adkins scored to make it 48-21. Rhett Adkins capped his big night with a 47-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter.

"I told the kids I was proud of them," said Siloam Springs coach Bryan Ross. "They came out and hit us quick. They've got some good athletes and get them the ball in space, and we just didn't match up. But it's like I told the kids in there (in the locker room), you're only a loser if you quit and don't give your best and I don't think our kids ever did that so I was proud of the way they fought back. Just didn't have enough bullets in the gun tonight."

Sports on 11/04/2017