Eagles undefeated in conference play

Crossett Eagle Willie Taylor breaks away for a run during the game in on Friday. The Eagles beat the DeWitt Dragons on the road, giving them their third conference win and putting them at the top of the conference.

The Crossett Eagles got their third conference victory and are now sitting at No. 1 in the 5A Region 8 Conference.

The Eagles are undefeated in conference play after bringing home a 39-14 win over the Dewitt Dragons. The Eagles lost around 135 yards in penalties and still managed to bring home a win.

The Eagles scored on their opening drive with a 27-yard rush by Tyrique Jones and seven-yard rush by Jackson Moore that set Willie Taylor up to run in a 14-yard touchdown.

The extra point kick attempt failed, but the Eagles led 6-0.

Dewitt started a drive on the Eagle 34 and made it midfield before they were stopped on fourth and four. The Eagle offense took the field on their own 44-yard line, and two plays later Jaylan Lawson ran the ball 25 yards into the end zone for another Eagle touchdown, giving the Eagles a 12-0 lead.

Dewitt answered with a 59-yard touchdown, but their two-point attempt was no good and the score sat at 12-6 with a little more than five minutes to play in the first. The Dragons held the Eagles to a punt, and the Eagle defense took the field. The Dragons were on their own four-yard line when they were forced to punt on fourth and 15.

The Eagles started a drive deep in Dragon territory and Lawson ran the ball nine yards into the end zone on the third play of the drive. Chase Rice’s kick was good and the Eagles led 19-6 with one minute to go in the first quarter.

The Dragons were on the Crossett 25 yard line as the ball rolled into the second quarter. They were fourth and 10 when a stop by Khamal Wililams sent the Eagle offense back ot the field.

The teams battled back and forth for most of the second quarter and with 1:31 on the clock before the break, DeWitt started a drive that ended with a touchdown. The Dragons moved the ball from their own 13 yard line to the end zone and got a two-point conversion, closing the Eagle lead to 19-14.

After the break, the Eagles kicked off to the Dragons and on the first play of the drive tackled for an 11-yard loss. The Eagle defense kept the Dragons from moving downfield and they punted from their own 15 yard line to the Eagle 45. Kantrell Williams returned the ball nearly to the end zone, but it was called back for a holding penalty. On the second punt, Williams returned the ball 15 yards starting the Eagle drive on the DeWitt 40.

The Eagles didn’t score on their first drive of the second half, but on their second possession Jones rushed for 23 yards to the end zone. Rice made the extra point kick and the Eagles led 26-14 with 3:33 to play in the third.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles stopped Dewitt two more times and the defense kept the Dragons from scoring. Stokes completed a 60-yard pass to Dewayne Ashford for a touchdown to make the score 32-14. Then, Lamonte Gillum forced a fumble that Brandon Mayweather recovered, carrying it from midfield to the end zone. Rice kicked in another extra point and the Eagles led 39-14, the score they would close the game with.

Gillum led the Eagles in tackles with 12 tackles, two assists, seven tackles for loss and three sacks. Dwight Ashford and Deuce Hall each had seven tackles. Hall had four assists and Ashford had two. Denzel Watkins had six total tackles and Deeraymond Herman had five total and a sack.

The Eagles will travel to Monticello on Friday to face the Bulldogs, who beat the undefeated Central Cougars of West Helena on Friday. The conference standings as of Friday are Crossett in first with no losses and Central, Warren and Hamburg all with one loss. Star City, DeWitt and Monticello each have two losses and Dumas has three losses and no wins.

Crossett has beat Warren, Dumas and now Dewitt, and still has Monticello, Hamburg, Central and Star City left to face.

Crossett’s next home game will be Oct. 25 when they host the Hamburg Lions for the Ashley Bowl.

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