The Crossett Eagles are now 4-0 in conference play and are sitting solely at the top of the Region 8 4A conference after beating the Monticello Billies on the road on Friday night.
Willie Taylor scored the first touchdown of the night, putting the Eagles in the lead in the early minutes of the game. Chase Rice kicked in the extra point and the score was 7-0.
The Eagles held the Billies from scoring for the entire first quarter, but with seven minutes to play in the second, Monticello finally made their way into the end zone. The PAT was no good and the score sat at 7-6.
The Eagles answered with a 37-yard touchdown run by Taylor and never looked back. Rice kicked in the extra point to make the score 14-6 with six minutes to go until the break.
Tyrique Jones kicked it 35 yards to Monticello and they returned the ball from their own 25 yard line to the Crossett 20 yard line.
The Eagle defense held them off and the Billies punted the ball to the Eagle 42 yard line.
The Eagles couldn’t move the ball and punted right back to Monticello.
The Billies had the ball on their own 40 when the buzzer sounded for the break.
After the half, Jones kicked off to the Billies. Three plays later, which ended with stops by Deeraymond Herman, Kantrell Williams and Denzel Watkins, Monticello punted it back to the Eagles.
The Eagles started their drive on the their own 25, but a false start penalty moved them back five yards. On the next play, Stokes completed a 73-yard pass to Carlos Williams. Taylor then ran the ball the remaining seven yards into the end zone for the score. Rice kicked another point in and the score was 21 -6 with 7:57 to play in the third.
On the second play of the Billie drive, Brady Lofton intercepted a pass to bring the Eagle offense back out on the field to take over on the Monticello 30. A personal foul moved them back to the 45 yard line, but a 36-yard pass to Jaylon Lawson and then a five-yard run had the Eagles right back in the end zone. Rice’s kick was good and the Eagles led 28-6 with 6:36 on the clock in the third quarter.
Stops by Kantrell Williams and a tackle for loss by Denzel Watkins forced the Billies to punt. Crossett started a drive on their own 24 yard line and back and forth rushes by Taylor and Lawson moved the ball back into the end zone for another Eagle touchdown to flesh out the score at 34-6.
Monticello had the ball as the clock rolled into the fourth quarter. They managed to get the ball deep into Eagle territory, but the Eagles held them out of the end zone. They turned the ball over after a failed fourth and six attempt on the Eagle 25 yard line.
Taylor and Lawson took turns running the ball until they were on Monticello’s side. Josten Smith ran the pigskin for seven yards and then Stokes completed a 33-yard pass to Moore for the touchdown. Rice’s kick was no good, but the Eagles still led 40-6 with what would be the final score.
The Eagles will now host the Hamburg Lions in the annual Ashley Bowl. Kick off will be at 7 p.m. at Yarborough Field.