Arkansas High took a giant step towards a conference championship last Friday night when it rallied past Little Rock McClellan, 21-15.
The Razorbacks trailed previously unbeaten McClellan, 15-7, entering the fourth quarter. That’s when senior running back Cameron Collier sprinted 59 yards for a touchdown. Collier then blitzed on the Lions’ ensuing possession, causing a fumble that he scooped and scored on a 41-yard return.
Collier is the Fox Sports Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week for the second time this season for his performance.
“I thought Cameron had a real strong performance, obviously,” said Arkansas High coach Barry Norton. “He did a great job of running the football, and the offensive line did a great job of blocking. He was our bell cow. The way McClellan chose to defend us, gave us some runs to the strong side. When Cameron was in on defense he made some big stops that made a difference. I thought this was a really good team win.”
Collier finished the game with 145 yards on 19 carries. He also scored the Razorbacks’ first touchdown on a 14-yard run in the second quarter.
The win leaves Arkansas High all alone at the top of the 5A South standings.
Pleasant Grove’s front seven honored
It was incredible when Pleasant Grove’s defense held top-ranked Carthage to 13 yards rushing. The Hawks almost matched that effort against Pittsburg last week, holding the Pirates to 15 rushing yards on 18 attempts in a 45-20 district win.
Last Friday’s performance has earned a rare honor with the Hawks’ front seven (sophomore Landon Jackson, sophomore Marcus Burris, sophomore Cameron Weekly, junior Jamie Lewis, senior Caleb Hemphill, senior Bladen Reaves, sophomore Nick Martin, junior Shayne Nelson), who are this week’s ESPN Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford Players of the Week.
“Holding Carthage and Pittsburg to low point totals goes hand-in-hand with stopping the run,” Pleasant Grove coach Josh Gibson said. “I think we’re playing pretty good defense. The guys are just getting better and better each week. If you look back you’ll see that we’ve played great against the run with two exceptions (Atlanta and Gladewater games).”
The Hawks face another big test this week against the Gilmer Buckeyes. They’re currently tied for first place in District 6-4A Division II.
Jawan King leads rebounding Rabbits
Like Arkansas High’s Collier, Atlanta’s Jawan King made his presence known on both sides of the ball last Friday night in leading the Rabbits past Hughes Springs, 55-0.
King ran for 190 yards on 12 carries, scoring four touchdowns in the process. That effort earns him the KPYN/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week for the second time this season.
“We’ve only had one bad offensive game (41-7 loss to Liberty-Eylau) all season,” Atlanta coach Matt McClure said. “Jawan could be on his way to another 1,000-yard season. We need him to continue playing well, because we’ve got Mount Vernon and Jefferson in our next two district games.”