The Crossett Eagles matched the 5A White Hall Bulldogs touchdown-for -touchdown on Friday night, but had no success with kicking an extra point.
The Eagles fell 28-24 to the Bulldogs on Friday, a game that would have been tied had if the Eagles had missed no extra points.
Eagle quarterback Justin Stokes completed 19 passes for 236 yards and the Eagles collectively had more than 150 yards rushing.
Freshman Tyrique Jones caught the first touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead over the Bulldogs. White Hall answered with a touchdown and kicked an extra point to give them the lead 7-6.
The teams fought back and forth until Carlos Williams caught a touchdown pass, giving the Eagles 12 to White Hall’s six with 9:59 on the clock in the second quarter.
The Eagles held onto the lead and with approximately two minutes left to play in the half, the Bulldogs made it into the end zone and kicked another extra point to claim a 14-12 lead over the Eagles.
After the half, White Hall wasted no time before putting up another touchdown and extra point making the score 21-12 with less than a minute into the third quarter.
Carlos Williams then caught another short pass and ran it into the end zone to give the Eagles 18. The Eagles went for two, but the two-point conversion was no good.
The Eagle defense gave up no more points, but the Eagle offense was only able to score one more touchdown, when Willie Taylor ran one into the end zone. The extra point attempt was no good, giving the Eagles a final score of 28-24.
Coach Sonny Nason said he is proud of how well the team played against the 5A Bulldogs and said that he was proud of their effort from the first kickoff until the last whistle. Nason said it was a tough loss, especially with a scoring opportunity right at the end, but he felt like his team and coaching staff had both improved since the 50-14 loss the last time the Eagles faced White Hall.
“We had some missed opportunities. We had a chance to score right at the end,” Nason said. “But we had a much better showing and we are continuing to improve.”
Nason said the Eagles have several things to work on this week before they host McGhee on Friday night.
Last year, the Eagles lost a heart breaker by two points after leading most of the game 6-0.
Nason said the Eagles weren’t struggling to get in the end zone as much this year as they did last year.
“We’ve scored nine touchdowns in two weeks.” Nason said. “The missed extra points are killing us.”
Nason said the coaching staff has been working with another kicker who wasn’t able to kick last week due to a minor injury.
The Eagles will host McGhee on Friday night at Yarborough Field. Kickoff is at 7pm.