Con­way 49, Rogers 7

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - TIM COOPER

Con­way’s Lance Rogers fights into the end zone for a touch­down dur­ing the Wam­pus Cats’ vic­tory over Rogers in the Class 7A play­offs Fri­day night.


CON­WAY — Se­nior run­ning back Cary McClain rushed for three touch­downs, and se­nior cor­ner­back Randy Thomas in­ter­cepted two passes in the first quar­ter as Con­way rolled to a 49-7 vic­tory over Rogers in the open­ing round of the Class 7A state play­offs at John McCon­nell Sta­dium on Fri­day night.

Con­way (9-2) ad­vances to play at Ben­tonville West in next week’s quar­ter­fi­nals.

The Wam­pus Cats treated Rogers (3-7-1) like the No. 6 seed the Moun­ties were. Con­way scored on six of eight first-half drives, out­gain­ing Rogers 275-112 in the first two quar­ters and tak­ing a 42-0 half­time lead.

Com­ing off a 40-10 loss to Bryant in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale, Con­way Coach Keith Fim­ple seemed pleased with the way the Wam­pus Cats re­sponded.

“With ev­ery­thing we had go­ing on last week — hav­ing to deal with the rain, prac­tic­ing all three days in­doors and then play­ing a great Bryant team on top of that — I thought we came back out and re­sponded well tonight,” Fim­ple said. “That was great.”

Ju­nior Luke Bai­ley re­turned the open­ing kick­off 57 yards to put the Wam­pus Cats on the Rogers’ 39 and set the tone.

McClain ran only six times but man­aged 127 yards. His touch­down runs went for 38, 75 and 4 yards. Se­nior quar­ter­back Jovoni John­son scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards, and the Wam­pus Cats also picked up a touch­down from se­nior left guard Lance Rogers, who scored on a 6-yard run out of a “jumbo” pack­age with 3:01 left be­fore half­time.

Trail­ing 14-0 mid­way through the first quar­ter, Rogers drove from its own 16 to the Con­way 1. A 35-yard pass from ju­nior Hunter Loyd to Jace Bray put the Moun­ties on the Con­way 7, and Sammy Za­mar­ron ran 6 yards to the 1 on the next play.

But a fum­ble on sec­ond and goal from the 1 and a false start penalty on the en­su­ing snap pushed the Moun­ties back to the 6. On third and goal, Ma­son Ross was cor­nered for a 7-yard loss. An in­com­plete pass on fourth down gave Con­way the ball at its own 13.

Four plays later, McClain broke free up the mid­dle for his 75-yard score with 1:15 left in the first quar­ter.

“Good things hap­pened both ways for us,” Fim­ple said. “We gave up a big pass to get them down to our goal line, but it was one of those things where we found a way to do some­thing good. Their fum­ble helped us a lit­tle bit and the penalty on top of that. It was some­thing to build on.”

John­son com­pleted 6 of 11 passes for 99 yards, all in the first half. Sopho­more Bryce Bo­hanon caught 4 passes for 60 yards, and Nick Rich­mond hauled in 2 re­cep­tions for 39 yards.

Con­way’s starters did not play in the sec­ond half.

Loyd com­pleted 14 of 31 passes for 158 yards but was in­ter­cepted 3 times for Rogers. Loyd con­nected with ju­nior Ma­son Ross for a 46-yard TD pass with 2:13 left to ac­count for the Moun­ties’ lone score.

Con­way’s lone sec­ond-half touch­down was a 32-yard run by Deonta Ben­nett.

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/THOMAS METTHE

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/THOMAS METTHE

Con­way run­ning back Cary McClain (33) drags Rogers de­fen­sive back Chris­tian Fran­cisco (1) with him into the end zone for a touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day at John McCon­nell Sta­dium in Con­way. McClain rushed for three touch­downs as the Wam­pus Cats won 49-7 and ad­vance to play at Ben­tonville West in next week’s Class 7A quar­ter­fi­nals.

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