The Crossett Eagles played their last home game of the season Friday night and fell to the Helena-West Helena Cougars 46-26.
Though the Cougar quarterback didn’t complete a pass all night, the Eagle defense could not stop West Helena’s strong running game.
The Cougars received the ball first and the Eagles fought them a little, but the Cougars still managed to make it to end zone on first drive. The score was 6-0 with eight minutes into the first quarter.
Crossett’s Offense should have had a chance with the ball next, but the ball was fumbled mid field during the kickoff return. The Cougars recovered the fumble and started a second drive with more than seven minutes on clock still in the first quarter.
The Cougar quarterback ran for two first downs in a row and then was stopped by Deuce Hall on the next play. Two quarterback keepers later, Helena West Helena was first and goal.
On the next play, the Cougars got no gain stopped by Eagle Javonte Jones, but then managed to get the ball in the endzone on the third down. The Cougars went for a two point conversion but it was no good and the score was 12-0 with four minutes to to play in first quarter.
The Eagles received the ball and attempted to fight their way down the field. Jaylon Lawson broke away for two decent runs moving the ball down to around the 30 yard line.
A 15 yard face mask penalty against the Cougars moved the Eagles midfield and Eagle quarterback Justin Stokes ran the ball for another first down.
The Eagles were nearing the Cougar 30 yard line and Willie Taylor picked up two short run, but it wasn’t enough for a first down.
Jackson Moore ran the ball on third down, but wasn’t able to move the chains.
Amari Gibbs went in as quarterback and ran the ball for the Eagle first down.
The Eagles turning the ball over on downs deep in Cougar territory, but Eagle defender Lamonte Gillum recovered a fumble and the Eagle offense came back out to try again.
Jaylan Lawson ran the ball for an Eagle first down and then a face mask penalty moved the Eagles inside the 20 yard line.
After the penalty, Deandre Webb ran the ball in for an Eagle touchdown.
The game was 12-6 with 10:24 to play in the half. The extra point kick by Davon Montgomery was good and the Eagles were trailing by five.
The Eagles held the Cougars and a sack by Denzel Watkins brought up the fourth down.
The Cougars attempted to convert but turned the ball over midfield.
The Eagles couldn’t move the ball, and a pass by Stokes bounced off an Eagle receiver’s helmet and into a Cougar’s hands. The Eagle turnover led to a Cougar touchdown and the score was 18-7.
The Cougars scored two more touchdowns and kicked two extra points before the second quarter ended. The half time score was a devastating 32-7.
After the half, the Eagles received but another Eagle turnover gave the Cougars the ball right back. Eagle defender Kantrell Williams didn’t let them keep the ball. Williams intercepted it for the Eagles and on the next play Lawson scored, making the score 32-13.
On the next Cougar drive, Denzel Watkins forced another fumble and the Eagles took over the ball midfield.
Stokes attempted a pass to Dewayne Ashford, and then Deandre Webb ran for the first down.
A failed attempt on an Eagle penalty had the Eagles at 2 and 27. Stokes attempted a pass to Robert Scates, and a rousing the passer penalty got the Eagles a first down and moved the Cougar 30 with about 1:36 to go in third quarter.
The Eagle defense didn’t score again but made it through the third quarter without letting the Cougars score either.
In the fourth quarter, both teams scored two more touchdowns.
The Cougars scored first, bringing the score to 38-13.
The Eagles answered with a touchdown, making it 38-19.
Willie Taylor picked up two first downs, and Jackson more caught a 12 yard pass, setting up Gibbs to run in an Eagle touchdown.
The Cougars went back to the end zone and the score was 45-19, but the Eagles didn’t give up.
On the next drive, the Eagles fought their way back down the field, but didn’t make it to the end zone.
The Cougars started another drive, but Laminate Gillum picked up a Cougar fumble and ran it back to the house for an Eagle touchdown, bringing the score to 45-25.
The Cougar defense held Stokes to 107 passing yards, about half of what he has averaged the last few games. Lawson picked up 90 rushing yards, but they held Webb and Gibbs to under 10 each.
Deraymond Herman and Denzel Watkins led the defense with 10 total tackles and assists each. Watkins was also named stick of the week. Hall was right behind them with nine tackles and assists.
The Eagles have one game left this seasons and as usual it will be played on a Thursday. Crossett will travel to Star City to face the Bulldogs on Thursday.