The conference-leading Warren Lumberjacks showed no mercy to the Crossett Eagles Friday, chopping them down with a 35-0 lead in the first quarter.
The game wasn’t without its benefits, however. Crossett got to face a few of Arkansas’ big name recruits, including Treylon Burks, a four-star wide receiver, and Marcus Miller, a defensive tackle who are both already committed to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks next fall.
According to the Warren coaches, Burks turned down offers from Clemson, Auburn, Ole Miss, Michigan and Tennessee, and Miller turned down Tennessee and Missouri.
Even with Warren dominating the first quarter, the Eagles never gave up and played hard the entire game.
The Warren defense held quarterback Justin Stokes to only 57 total passing yards, but the Eagle offense rushed for more than 200 yards, with running back Jaylan Lawson picking up more than 150 of those yards himself. Deraymond Herman and Deuce Hall led the Eagle defense picking up the majority of the tackles.
In the second quarter, the Eagles held the Lumberjacks to only two touchdowns and scored the first of four Crossett touchdowns.
Sophomore receiver Dewayne Ashford was the first Eagle to cross the plain, but the play was called back for holding. On the next play, Willie Taylor ran around the outside, breaking two tackles to move the ball nine yards to the 16-yard line setting the Eagles up to try again for the touchdown. Stokes moved the ball to first and goal, but a false start moved the Eagles back to the 11-yard line.
The Eagles were third and goal from the 10 when Stokes completed a pass to senior Robert Scates in the endzone for the first Eagle touchdown to go on the board.
Quiveontas Paskel came into kick the extra point, but the PAT was no good, and with more than a minute to go in the half the score was 49-6.
The mercy rule ran the clock during the second half and it only stopped for injuries or timeouts, but the Eagles were able to score three more times.
Lawson picked up almost 100 yards in the second half of play, and Scates caught a second touchdown pass.
In the first drive after the half, Lawson moved the ball one play at time down to the Lumberjack side of the field. The Eagles were third and 10 when Lawson picked up a 12-yard run to put the Eagles on the Warren twenty-three-yard line. Stokes completed a pass to Scates and another six points went up for the Eagles.
Paskel’s kick was no good and the score was 49-12 early in the second half.
Chase Rice kicked the ball to the Lumberjacks, but the Eagle defense forced them to a punt.
The next Eagle touchdown was a 76-yard run by junior Willie Taylor, bringing the Eagle side of the board to 18 points. The extra point was no good and the score was 49-18 with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
The Eagles held Warren off again, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs midfield with eight minutes to play in the game.
On the next possession, Lawson ran the ball a few yards at a time until he finally made it into the end zone for the fourth and final touchdown of the night, bringing the final score to 49-24.
Chase Rice came out on the field to kick the extra point as the clock ran out, but the kick was no good and the game went in the books.
The Eagle defense never gave up and held the Lumberjacks from scoring in the second half. Herman and Hall led the defense, picking up seven tackles each, and Dylan Pence and Lamonte Gillum were right in behind them with four a piece.
On offense, Lawson had 18 carries for 163 yards, Scates had three receptions with 63 yards and two touchdowns and Willie Taylor had six carries for 82 yards.
The Eagles will travel to Dumas on Friday to face the Bobcats for week five.