Colts fend off Co­bras in 4A play­offs

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WIL­SON — Foun­tain Lake scored first in its open­ing-round play­off game against River­crest on Fri­day, but the home Colts ral­lied in the sec­ond half for a 36-14 win.

A week af­ter the Co­bras (6-5) over­came an early deficit at Ash­down (3-7), the vis­i­tors got on the score­board first with a two-yard touch­down run by se­nior Col­son Simp­son with 8:59 re­main­ing in the first half. It was Simp­son’s team-lead­ing 12th touch­down of the sea­son. Se­nior Joe Mur­phy kicked the ex­tra point for a 7-0 lead.

Foun­tain Lake was also suc­cess­ful on on­side kick at­tempts against the Pan­thers a week ago. An on­side at­tempt went awry Fri­day as River­crest ju­nior Eas­ton El­der re­turned the en­su­ing kick 50 yards for a touch­down. Ju­nior Ri­ley Jones kicked the ex­tra point to tie the game at 7-7.

An in­ter­cep­tion by Foun­tain Lake se­nior Kyle Fort­ner stalled a River­crest drive at the end of the half to keep the game knot­ted at the break.

Foun­tain Lake’s kick re­turn team was af­fected by high winds to start the sec­ond half. River­crest’s open­ing kick­off was hung up by the wind and the Colts (10-1) re­cov­ered the ball on Foun­tain Lake’s 35-yard line.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Demilon Brown fin­ished off the drive with a five-yard touch­down run, his 23rd touch­down of the sea­son. The lead was 14-7 af­ter an­other kick by Jones.

The next kick­off was af­fected again by the wind the the Colts re­cov­ered. It was Jones that fin­ished off the drive with a five-yard touch­down, but his kick into the wind was no good. River­crest led, 20-7, just four min­utes into the third quar­ter.

The Co­bras got back within one score late

in the quar­ter. Ju­nior quar­ter­back Ian Lacy con­nected with Mur­phy for a 14-yard touch­down. Mur­phy’s kick made it 20-14.

Se­nior run­ning back Ken­tavi­ous Robinson put the game out of reach in the fi­nal quar­ter. He scored from 14 yards out with

8:42 left in the game and the ex­tra point at­tempt was blocked. Robinson scored again with 5:05 on the clock and Jones con­verted the ex­tra point.

Robinson en­tered the game as one of the top rush­ers in the state. He was av­er­ag­ing 10 yards per carry for 1,567 yards and

16 touch­downs this sea­son.

Jones added a 23-yard field goal with the wind with 1:30 re­main­ing in the game to set the fi­nal.

Foun­tain Lake was the No. 5 seed from the 4A-7 con­fer­ence. River­crest was the No. 1 seed from the 4A-3. The Colts are ranked No. 5 in Class 4A in the Arkansas Sports Me­dia High School Foot­ball Poll.

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