GREENLAND -- Gabe Wilson capped a late fourth-quarter drive to lead Greenland to a 21-18 win against Mansfield in 3A-1 Conference play Friday night.
Greenland's late drive came after the Pirates' defense came up with a huge goal-line stand to turn away the Tigers.
Greenland 21, Mansfield 18
Mans — Howard 62 punt return (Kick failed) 8:17
Mans — Howard 23 pass from Stovall (Pass failed) 8:26
Green — Dennis 22 run (Bush kick), 5:48
Mans — Howard 71 pass from Stovall (Pass failed), 9:00
Green — Wilson 5 run, (Bush kick), 4:27
Green — Wilson 1 run (Bush kick), 2:45
With his team down 18-14, Wilson guided a 16-play drive that ended with his 1-yard keeper with just over three minutes left and the Pirates (3-2, 1-1 3A-1) held on from there.
"I wish they'd do that the whole night," Greenland coach Lee Larkan said of the goal-line stand.
The Pirates' gained eight first downs in their game-winning drive, which was twice as many as they had in the entire first half.
Greenland stopped the Tigers (4-1, 1-1) again on the final drive, when Mansfield quarterback Ethan Stovall threw one of his two interceptions to Greenland's Peyton Anderson with 48 seconds remaining.
"The last couple drives, Gabe just said 'Let's do it,'" Larkan said. "He did a phenomenal job. He didn't have a great game passing, missing guys, but the leadership and the effort that he was giving late in the game was phenomenal."
Pirates running back Jett Dennis tallied 140 yards rushing on 30 carries and a touchdown. Dennis tallied 49 more yards with his feet than his team did through the air.
"That's just Jett every week," Larkan said. "I mean Jett just goes out there and plays. Jett just has great vision, and he just runs hard."
Wilson completed 8 of 14 passes for 94 yards and an interception. He did most of his work on the ground as well, rushing for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
Greenland didn't have much success through the air, but Mansfield did through wide receiver Leyton Howard.
Howard torched the Pirates' defense all night and didn't waste any time getting into the end zone. Just four minutes into the game, he weaved his way through Greenland for a 62-yard punt-return touchdown to open the scoring for the Tigers.
Howard tallied 99 yards on five catches with two touchdowns. Howard's longest was a 72-yard touchdown catch he ran in exactly three minutes into the second half. Howard also rushed for 44 yards on five carries.
"He's a good football player, he's real good," Larkan said of Howard. "We freakin' punt to him right down the middle of the field, and we're not supposed to do that."
• Howard also completed the only pass he threw for 29 yards.
• The Pirates' Carter Gobel caught six passes for 74 yards and had an interception.
• Stovall completed 13 of 23 passes for 163 yards, two touchdowns with two interceptions.
• Greenland will travel to Booneville (3-2, 2-0) next week. Mansfield will go to Charleston.
Vilonia 43, Huntsville 9
Draven Smith ran for three touchdowns in the first half as Vilonia cruised to a 5A-West Conference victory at Huntsville.
The visiting Eagles (3-2, 2-0 5A-West) jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter when Smith scored on a 21-yard run, and Tyler Moran added the two-point conversion. Then Moran hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Austin Myers.
Smith's 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made it a 22-0 game, then he added a 32-yard touchdown run after Huntsville (1-4, 0-2) scored on Braden Carter's 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Vilonia added a 2-yard touchdown run by Seth Kirk and a 48-yard touchdown pass from Myers to Moran and Draven Smith 21 run, while Huntsville ended the scoring with a 28-yard field goal by Oscar Martinez.
Gentry 40, Berryville 14
Brandon Atwood accounted for five touchdowns as Gentry picked up its first 4A-1 Conference victory by knocking off Berryville.
The senior quarterback completed 18 of 26 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns, then he ran five times for 84 yards and two scores, including a 52-yard touchdown run. Zach Jarnagan added a 46-yard touchdown run for Gentry (3-2, 1-1) and had five catches for 132 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown reception, and he also added an interception.
William Pyburn led the Pioneers' defense with 15 tackles (5 solos, 10 assists), while Charlie Reams added 12 (6 solos, 6 assists), including a tackle for loss and a quarterback sack.
Dominic Henry had 87 yards on 10 carries for Berryville (2-3, 0-2), while Brett Parsons added 78 yards and a touchdown and Jaeden Tanksley had 42 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Pea Ridge 55, Lincoln 21
Tate Busey accounted for five touchdowns as Pea Ridge rolled past Lincoln in a 4A-1 Conference game in Lincoln.
Busey's 7-yard touchdown run gave Pea Ridge (2-3, 2-0 4A-1) a 7-0 lead, but Lincoln (3-2, 0-2) tied it with a 21-yard interception return. Busey then threw touchdown passes of 45 yards to Hunter Rains and 57 yards to Zak Withrow, then Samuel Beard's 10-yard touchdown gave the Blackhawks a 28-7 lead after one quarter.
Daniel DeLeon scored from 3 yards out, then Busey hit Trevor Blair with an 8-yard touchdown pass and a 41-7 lead, but Tyler Brewer threw touchdown passes of 26 yards to Daytin Davis and 56 yards to Arnold to pull Lincoln with 41-21 at halftime.
Beard added a 3-yard touchdown run before Busey struck again, this time with a 43-yard touchdown run.
Prairie Grove 48, Gravette 7
Keiandre Hobbs ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns as Prairie Grove defeated Gravette in 4A-1 Conference action at Prairie Grove.
Hobbs scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter, then followed Knox Laird's 8-yard touchdown pass to Cadren Redfern with a 14-yard touchdown run to give Prairie Grove (2-3, 2-0 4A-1) a 21-0 lead. Cy Hilger's 25-yard touchdown pass to Chace Austin gave Gravette (2-3, 1-1) its only score, but Payton Higgins' 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds left gave Prairie Grove a 24-7 halftime lead.
The Tigers then scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to forced the running clock. Jared Harger had a 14-yard run, followed by Cade Grant's 48-yard touchdown run and Asher Sam's 8-yard score.
Grant added 97 yards on six carries, while Harger had 63 yards on nine carries for Prairie Grove.
Shiloh Christian 58, Green Forest 0
Eli Reece threw for three touchdowns, and Shiloh Christian scored on all three aspects of the game to roll past Green Forest at Champions Stadium.
The Saints (5-0, 2-0 4A-1) led 23-0 after one quarter as Reece hit Bo Cason with a 15-yard touchdown pass, then Keaton Carter added a 25-yard interception return for a score and Logan Raben added a 9-yard touchdown run. Reece then added touchdown passes of 1 yard to Cam Wiedemann and 57 yards to Truitt Tollett, and Matt McEwin recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to give Shiloh a 44-0 halftime cushion.
Elkins 55, Dover 0
Kain Johnson ran 54 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and the set the stage for Elkins' win on homecoming.
Johnson added a 1-yard quarterback sneak for another score, then threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kale Drummond to help the Elks (4-1, 2-0 4A-4) take a 22-0 lead after one quarter. Johnson then threw touchdown passes of 37 yards to Josh Allen, 58 yards to Cody Drummond and 14 yards to Trevor Shumate as the Elks' lead grew to 42-0 by halftime and forced the running clock for the entire second half.
Ozark 54, Subiaco Academy 6
Harper Faulkenberry ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Hillbillies to a rout of Subiaco Academy in 4A-4 Conference action.
Faulkenberry was 8-of-8 for 144 yards through the air, and ran 14 times for 125 yards on the ground.
Tyler Sanders added two rushing touchdowns and Ethan Foster caught 3 passes for 97 yards to lead Ozark.
The Hillbillies (4-1, 2-0 4A-4) will travel to Dardanelle next week.
Lamar 48, Paris 12
The Warriors piled up 533 yards of total offense in a lopsided win.
Quarterback total Jacob Parmenter rushed for 113 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown and was 6 of 14 passing for 72 yards.
Brady James led the Warriors (4-1, 1-1 3A-1) with 11 carries for 186 yards and a 48-yard touchdown, and Wyatt Ruble ran for two scores.
Paris fell to 2-3, 0-2 with the loss.
Booneville 42, West Fork 0
Evan Schlinker and Cam Brasher combined on Booneville's first three scores as the Bearcats rolled past West Fork in a 3A-1 Conference game at West Fork.
Booneville (3-2, 2-0 3A-1) jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead as Schlinker ran 46 yards for one score and Brasher added a 16-yard touchdown run. The two then combined for a 22-yard touchdown pass to make it a 21-0 game with 9:20 before halftime.
Randon Ray had a 38-yard touchdown run, and Andrew Robertson scored from 22 yards out to give the Bearcats a 35-0 halftime lead and a running clock for the entire second half. Chase Brousard then went 87 yards on the second-half kickoff for Booneville's final score.
Charleston 27, Cedarville 18
Charleston rallied from an early 12-0 deficit and remained unbeaten in 3A-1 Conference play as the Tigers handed Cedarville its first loss.
Geoffrey Scott scored on a 5-yard run, then Brayden Ross scored from 2 yards out to give the Tigers (2-3, 2-0 3A-1) a 13-12 halftime cushion. Ross then added a 13-yard touchdown run to make it a 20-12 game.
Cedarville (4-1, 1-1) pulled within 20-18 on a 41-yard touchdown run by quarterback Calloway Henslee, but Charleston responded with Keeter's 42-yard touchdown run moments later.
Darryl Kattich gave Cedarville its early cushion with touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards.
Ketter finished with 97 yards on 18 carries, while Ross added 42 yards on nine carries. Ross was also 12-of-20 passing for 160 yards.
Mountainburg 40, Lavaca 19
Malachi West rushed for 130 yards, four touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to lead the Dragons to the 2A-4 Conference win.
Lavaca had an early 7-6 lead on a short run by Kaw-liga Brewer. The PAT gave the Arrows the lead since Mountainburg missed on its try.
But Dylan Coughran's 13-yard TD run gave the Dragons the lead and West added the two-point conversion for 14-7 advantage. West added a 37-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 20-7, but Lavaca pulled within 20-13 at halftime.
West added two more short touchdown runs in the second half, but Lavaca kept things interesting by returning a Dragons fumble 57 yards for a score.
Coughran added a second touchdown run of 34 yards in the fourth quarter to set the final score.
Sports on 10/06/2019
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