The Crossett Eagles won Round 2 of the high school football playoffs Friday night at Yarborough Stadium.
The Eagles scored on their first drive of the night. Lamonte Gillum returned the ball 21 yards to the Gosnell 44 to start the night.
Justin Stokes completed a pass to Dewayne Ashford for a six-yard gain and then Tyrique Jones ran it seven more yards for a first down. Stokes completed a 22-yard pass to Kason Brooks to move the ball to the Gosnell seven before Stokes then ran it in on the next play for the first touchdown of the night.
The extra point kick was no good, keeping the score 6-0 with 9:36 to play in the first quarter.
The Eagles kicked off to Gosnell and the Pirates started on their own 22 yard line. They made it all the way to the Crossett 19 yard line, but the Eagle defense stopped them on fourth and two, taking back over the ball.
The Pirates held the Eagles to a punt and started another drive.
This time Gosnell fumbled on their own 39 yard line. Crossett recovered it and the offense took the field.
A few failed rush attempt by Willie Taylor and two incomplete passes by Stokes forced the Eagles to give the ball back to the Pirates on the Gosnell 20.
The Pirates started a drive just as the clock rolled into the second quarter.
They punted to the Eagles and Crossett’s offense took the field on the 49 yard line. Four plays later, Denzel Watkins came out to punt. He punted 51 yards to the Gosnell seven, but on their first play, they fumbled. The Eagles recovered it giving them the ball on the Gosnell five yard line.
Taylor ran the ball into the end zone to give the Eagles another six points. The score was 12-0 with 10:02 to play until the break.
Deeraymond Herman forced another Gosnell fumble to give the Eagles the ball on the Gosnell 34, but this time the Gosnell defense fought them off.
Watkins punted and the Pirates took over on their own 8 yard line. They moved the ball all the way to the Crossett 21 yard line. Herman forced another fumble and the Eagles took over around the 25 yard line.
This time they fought their way back into the end zone.
Taylor rushed for a few yards and Stokes completed a 22 yard pass to Carlos Williams for the score.
The Eagles went for two, but it was no good and the score sat at 18-0 with less than thirty seconds until the half.
After the break, the Eagles kicked off to Gosnell and they started their only scoring drive of the night.
They completed a 50-yard pass, moving the ball to the Crossett five. They ran the ball in on the next play and the score was 18-6 with 8:48 to play in the third.
The Pirates kicked off to the Eagles and four plays into the drive, Stokes threw an interception. The Pirate made it six yards to the Gosnell 38 before he was stopped by Chase Rice.
The Eagle defense took the field and forced the Pirates to turn the ball over on fourth and fifteen.
The Eagles started another drive, but were forced by the Pirate defense to turn the ball over on downs.
The Pirates took over on their own 24 yard line, but on second and 16, Nick Goodwin grabbed a pick six for the Eagles, giving them another touchdown. Rice kicked in the extra point, making the score 25-6.
In the fourth quarter, Taylor scored with a 23-yard run after Jaylan Lawson ran the ball from the Gosnell 49 to the Gosnell 23.
That was the final touchdown of the night, making the score 31-6.
The Eagle defense forced and recoved four fumbles and had 15 tackles for loss. Lamonte Gillum and Deuce Hall led the defense with nine tackles each. Hall had five assists and four tackles for loss and Gillum had four TFLs.
The Eagles will now host the Arkadelphia Badgers in Round 3 on Friday night at Yarborough Field.
The Badgers finished their season with an 11-1 overall record and 6-1 conference record.
Their only loss so far this season was to the Nashville Scrappers. Arkadelphia finished second in their conference behind Joe T. Robinson.
According to Max Preps, the Badgers average 97 passing yards per game and 265 rushing yards. They’ve scored 66 touchdowns. Their defense averages 42 tackles a game, 13 total sacks this season and has had ten interceptions. The Badger defense has forced three fumbles and recovered 12.
The Eagles have averaged 166 passing yards per game and 150 rushing yards. The Eagle defense has an average of 44 tackles per game, has had 14 sacks this season and two interceptions. They have also caused 17 fumbles and recovered 21.
There will be a welcome tent at 4:30 p.m. on the visitors side for those who wish to welcome the visiting team to Crossett. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.