Crossett beats Warren for first time in 29 years

Players and spirit squad members sing the Crossett alma mater after claiming victory over the Warren Lumberjacks for the first time in 29 years.

The 0-3 Crossett Eagles traveled to Warren and took down the 3-0 Lumberjacks on Friday night.

Coach Sonny Nason said the Eagles hit the field ready to go on Friday and they played hard all four quarters of the game.

Crossett chose to receive the opening kick-off and returned the ball to their own 18. The Eagles drove the ball 82 yards and scored on a 12-yard run by Willie Taylor. Chase Rice kicked in the extra point to make the score 7-0 just a few minutes into the first quarter.

The Eagles kicked off to Warren and the Jacks started their drive on their own 44 yard line, but fumbled at Crossett’s 38 and the Eagle offense took over.

The Eagles went four and out before Denzel Watkins came out to punt for the Eagles. Watkins punted the ball 35 yards and the Jacks started their second drive on their own 30 yard line.

The Eagle defense fought hard, but after four first downs and an Eagle penalty on fourth down and three, the Jacks scored with a 17 yard pass from quarterback Riley Cornish to Trelon Marshall. The extra point kick was good and the score was tied 7-7 with only seconds to play in the first quarter.

The Eagles were on their own 35 yard line as the clock rolled into the second quarter and two plays later Justin Stokes threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Dewayne Ashford for another Eagle touchdown. The Eagles went for two, but didn’t make it back in the end zone and the score was 13.7.

The Eagles forced the Jacks to punt from their own 33 yard line.

Kantrell Williams returned the ball 33 yards, putting the Eagles back in Warren territory on the 37 yard line.

Stokes completed a short pass to Kason Brooks and then a 37-yard pass to Ashford for the touchdown. The Eagles went for two, but the Jacks stopped them. The Eagles led 19-7 with 9:54 on the clock until the half.

The Eagles forced the Jacks to punt and then were forced to punt themselves.

The Jacks were at third and eight from their own six yard line when the Eagles forced a fumble and Deeraymond Herman recovered in the end zone for another Eagle touchdown. The extra point kick was no good, but the Eagles still led 25-7.

Warren answered with a 71 yard touchdown pass and PAT to make the score 25-14 with only five minutes until the break.

The next few minutes was jumble of turnovers as the Jacks caught an interception, but Dwight Ashford forced a fumble, giving the ball right back to Crossett. Crossett nearly scored again, but fumbled four yards from the end zone, allowing the Jacks to run the clock out.

After the half, the Jacks were dangerously close to catching the Eagles, but Crossett never gave up the lead. On the opening drive of the second half, Warren scored with a 40 yard pass, closing the gap to 25-21.

The Eagles fought back and moved the ball back down the field a little at a time until Taylor was able to rush the ball 10 yards for the touchdown.

The Eagles went for two, but didn’t make it, holding the score at 31-21 with only two minutes to play in the third quarter.

Warren started their drive on their own 29 yard line and at the start of the fourth quarter, they were third and six on their own 46.

The Eagle defense held their own as Warren attempted to make it down field.

After several short passes and failed rush attempts the Jacks made it to the 38 yard line. From there Cornish completed a pass to Davante Smith for the score.

The extra point kick was good and the score was 31-28 with eight minutes of football left to play.

After a few short runs by Taylor and Jaylan Lawson and short passes to Jackson Moore, the Eagles were finally able to make it to the Warren 15-yard line, setting Taylor up to run the ball in for the score.

Chase Rice kicked in the extra points and the Eagles led 38-28 with a little more than three minutes left to play.

Warren answered with a touchdown and PAT to make it a three-point ball game, but the Eagles were able to hold on until the end.

The Jacks attempted an onside kick, but Crossett recovered and ran out the clock to end with 38-25 and giving the Eagles their first win over Warren since 1990.

In 1990, the Eagles beat Warren with an extra point kick 14-13.

The year before that they beat them on the road 26-21.

Because of conference changes the Eagles and Warren didn’t face each other from 1991 until 2010. Since 2010, Warren has won every matchup by 20 points or better with the exception of 2012 when they only won by eight and 2016 when they only won by 17.

In 2013, Warren beat the Eagles 56-0. Last year the score was 49-24, but the Eagles finally broke the streak.

The Crossett Eagles are now 1-0 in the 4A Region 8 conference.

The Eagles will host Dumas on Friday night for their second conference game and their homecoming celebration.

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