Lions win ninth consecutive Ashley Bowl

Crossett quarterback Justin Stokes Stokes hands the ball off to freshman Jackson Moore during the Ashley Bowl.

The Hamburg Lions won the Ashley Bowl for the ninth year in a row.

On Friday night the Hamburg Lions hosted the Crossett Eagles in the long standing Ashley County Rivalry.

“Both teams played extremely hard, it was a good, tough, hard fought game,” Hamburg Coach Cecil Ray Cossey said after their victory.

The game was close a one until the fourth quarter, when the Lions sealed their 21 -6 victory.

Eagle quarterback Justin Stokes completed 18 of 32 pass attempts for a total of 133 yards, and the only Eagle touchdown was scored on a punt return by Kantrell Wiliams.

On Hamburg’s first drive, the Eagle defense sacked Lion quarterback Jonathan Kelley on 3-13. And forced the Lions to punt. The Lion defense held the Eagles to a punt and the Hamburg Lions were first and ten on their own 40 yard line.

Kelley attempted a pass to Jalen Wilson and then handed the ball off to Webb for a seven yard gain. The Lions were 3-3, but a Crossett penalty gave them the first down and moved them into Eagle territory.

Kelley ran the ball nine yards on a quarterback keeper and then completed a ten yard pass to DJ Johnson for a first down.

Webb moved the ball from the Eagle 29 yard line to the Eagle 25 and then rushed for 19 yards to the Eagle six yard line.

Two plays later, Webb was in the end zone and the Lions had drawn the first blood.

Jesus Aguilar’s kick was good and the score was 7-0 with a little more than two minutes to play in the first quarter.

The Lions and Eagles fought back and forth during the second quarter, but neither team was able to score any points.

After the half, each time had two scoreless drives before any points went up. On Hamburg’s second drive of the half, they punted to Crossett and Kantrell Williams returned it for an Eagle touchdown making the score 7-6. The Eagles went for two, but the two-point attempt was no good and the Lions were ahead by one with more than five minutes to play in the third quarter.

The Eagles kicked off to Hamburg, and Wilson almost returned the punt for a touchdown. He ran the ball 56 yards to the Eagle 39 yard line before he was stopped.

The Eagles held the Lions off and Brayden Berry punted the ball 34 yards to the Eagle 9 yard line. The Eagles were 1-23 on their own 17 yard line when Herman Brown forced a fumble that was recovered for the Lions by Caleb Bridges.

Kelley completed a twelve yard pass to Johnson and on the next play Webb ran the ball two yards into the endzone for a Lion touchdown.

Aguilar’s kick was good and the score was 14-6 with a little over a minute to play in the third quarter.

The Lion defense forced the Eagles to punt and the Lions started their drive on their own eight yard line just as the clock rolled into the fourth quarter.

It took the Lions 25 plays to score, but they fought their way back into the endzone for another six points. Aguilar’s kick was good and the score was 21- with less than three minutes on the clock.

The Lion defense fought hard until the clock ran out and the Lions celebrated their Ashley Bowl win for the ninth season in a row.

Deuce Hall led the Eagle defense with 11 total tackles with Lamonte Gillum, Denzel Watkins and Javonte Jones all right behind him with eight each. Jones got a sack for a loss of nine yards and DeeRaymond Herman sacked the Lion quarterback for a loss of 12 yards.

The Crossett Eagles will host Helena-West Helena for their final home game and senior night on Friday.

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