The Crossett Eagles easily outpaced their in-county rivals when they faced off on Yarbourgh Field in Crossett for the annual Ashley Bowl on Oct. 23.
The game ended 56-3 in the Eagles’ favor, continuing their in-conference winning streak.
The Eagles had clearly taken the game by half time, putting the mercy rule in effect by the start of the third quarter. The vast majority of the scoring was done in the first half of the game.
In the first quarter, the scoring started early when Jackson Moore returned a Lions punt for 49 yards to make the touchdown.
The second time the Eagles put points on the board, Quarterback Tyrique Jones ran the ball in for the touchdown from the Hamburg 1 on a a second and goal.
The third TD saw Jones throw a 24-yard completion to Moore from outside the red zone, and for the fourth touchdown Jones gave Moore the ball to run it in on first and goal from the Hamburg 1.
Tristian Mondragon kicked three extra points during the quarter, putting the score at 27-0 when the clock ran out.
Crossett started the second quarter at second and 10 on the Hamburg 11 yard line, and Jones rushed 11 yards for the touchdown. After a Hamburg turnover, Crossett’s drive ultimately ended when Jones passed to DeWayne Ashford for 15 yards into the end zone.
The third touchdown of the quarter was a repeat of the first, except Jones’s completion to Ashford was for 50 yards.
All of Mondragon’s kicking attempts were good, and the half ended with the score 49-0.
The Lions scored the only points of the third quarter when Erick Manriquez kicked a 27-yard field goal with 3:58 on the clock on a fourth-and-seven, placing three points on the board to Crossett’s 49.
In the fourth quarter, Crossett quarterback Max Brooks was able to work the ball down the field with running backs Taylin Paskel and Isiah Bunton’s help, and on second and goal Brooks ran the ball the final four yards into the end zone. Mondragon’s kick was good.
During the Lions’ final drive of the game, Hamburg was able to move the ball down the field from their 20 yard line to the Crossett 22, but after Crossett wide receiver Jake Hart intercepted the ball, Crossett had the ball with 55 seconds on the clock, which ran out and gave Crossett the game with 56 points to Hamurg’s 3.
In statistics, Jones banked 72 yards in rushing, with Paskel following with 24 yards and Brooks at his heels with 23.
Jones threw for 195 yards, including three touchdowns. Moore received for 87 yards, while Ashford caught for 83.
Defensively, Eagle Blake Buford was credited with 5.5 tackles, and Brandon Mayweather Jr., Ontario Scott and Denzel Watkins each had 3.5.
Hamburg’s Chris Hicks led his team in rushing with 47 yards, followed by Willis Robinson with 14.
Zane Johnson threw for 71 yards, of which the longest pass was for 34 yards.
Brent Holland led Lion receiving with 40 yards, including the longest pass, followed by Alex Jenkins with 15.
The Eagles are now 6-2 for the season and 4-1 in conference. The Lions are 1-6 for the year and 1-4 in conference.
Crossett’s next game will be Oct. 29 against the Helena-West Helena Cougars at Central High School.
Hamburg’s next game will be against Warren in Hamburg.