The Conway Wampus Cats, reeling from a close loss last week at Springdale, shored everything up and blitzed the Jonesboro Hurricanes, the N0. 2-ranked team in Class 6A, 49-18, Friday night at John McConnell Stadium.
In one of the best total efforts the last few years, the Cats dominated Jonesboro in every phase, scoring on all six possessions in the first half to build a stunning, 42-6 lead and apply the mercy rule for the entire second half.
After Jonesboro matched Conway’s quick opening touchdown drive, Will Kennedy blocked the extra-point attempt and the Cats stopped a Jonesboro drive with a fumble recovery and poured it on from there.
Andrew Hreha, who completed 10 of 11 passes for 191 yards connected with Nick Richmond for two touchdowns and Will McKenna for another. Michael George rushed for three touchdowns in the first half. Brennan Clark ran for another in the fourth quarter. Jordan Wicks kicked seven extra points.
The CHS offensive line totally dominated the line of scrimmage and the entire Conway defense made plays all over the field in setting the tone the first half.
“We came out with a lot of energy and passions; they seemed to came out to prove a point,” said CHS coach Clint Ashcraft. “To put the ball in the end zone every time — on any level of football, that’s impressive.”
The Cats play at Bentonville this week.
Mayflower 49, Perrville 18
At Perryville, Mayflower back Deon Simmons put on a show in leading the Eagles to their second straight victory, 49-18 over the Mustangs.
Simmons rushed for 239 yards scored five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving. Keon Simmons rushed for one touchdown and returned a punt for another.
Sean Harris completed four of six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Mesach Cole had two receptions for 25 yards.
Mayflower ran 24 plays for 317 yards, rushing for 279 of those.
Conway Christian 42, Mountain View 14
At Mountain View, Conway Christian’s Luke Gates scored three touchdowns on runs of 2, 3 and 17 yards in rushing for 132 yards on 17 carries as the Eagles (2-0) surged past Mountain View, 42-14.
Jacob Wood passed 52 yard to Brandon Shaw for one touchdown and ran 18 yards for another. Wyatt Lawrence ran 11 yards for another score. Nathan Burrow rushed for a two-point conversion.
The Eagles outgained Mountain View, 370-258, rushing for 288 yards.
Clay Hammett led the CCS defense with 10 tackles.
Greenbrier 34, Heber Springs 21
At Don Jones Stadium, Greenbrier (1-1) overcame an early deficit and surged in the second half for a 34-21 victory over Heber Springs.
Spencer Sutterfield scored on runs of 2 and 24 yards and rushed for 85 on 16 carries.
Jeremy Kendall completed 15 of 22 passes for 211 yards and three touchowns. He passed 14 yards to Seth Howard to help Greenbrier to a 20-14 lead at halftime, a lead it never surrendered. Kendall also passed 20 yards to Grant Brown and 29 to Tallon Moore for other touchdowns.
Reese Hammontree caught four passes for 41 yards.
The Panthers play at 6A power Benton next week.
Pottsville 47, Vilonia 27
At Pottsville, the Apaches took command early against Vilonia.
They built a 33-13 lead in the third quarter and powered to a 47-27 victory over the Eagles.
Vilonia (1-1) hosts Booneville this week.