Fourth-quar­ter rally lifts Junc­tion City to 2A state crown

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports - News-Times Staff

LIT­TLE ROCK - Dhante Gibson rushed for 153 yards and two touch­downs on 21 car­ries, and Brady Hutch­e­son threw a pair of sec­ond-half touch­down passes, as Junc­tion City ral­lied from a 22-12 deficit in the third quar­ter to top Hazen 36-22 to win the 2A state cham­pi­onship Fri­day night at War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Down 10 in the third quar­ter af­ter a 58-yard scor­ing strike from Blayne Toll to Quincey McA­doo, the Dragons be­gan their come­back with Hutch­e­son throw­ing a 16-yard touch­down pass to Kevon­tae Haynes with Gibson's two-point con­ver­sion mak­ing it 22-20.

Af­ter the Dragons' de­fense forced a punt, Junc­tion City took the lead with Jack Smith drilling a 25-yard field goal with 11:20 to play in the game.

Af­ter forc­ing an­other punt, the Dragons needed just two plays to ex­tend their lead with Hutch­e­son con­nect­ing with Jak­iron Cook on a 63-yard touch­down that made it 29-22.

A sack by Se­maj Lev­ingston on fourth down gave the Dragons the ball back, and Gibson sealed the vic­tory with a 30-yard touch­down run with Smith's ex­tra point mak­ing the fi­nal mar­gin.

Hutch­e­son went 6-of-12 pass­ing for 156 yards with two scores.

Cook had 95 yards rush­ing and 63 yards re­ceiv­ing and two scores in the win.

Thomas Met­the/Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette

In for six: Junc­tion City run­ning back Jak­iron Cook (4) runs for a 58-yard touch­down run dur­ing the first quar­ter of the Class 2A state cham­pi­onship game Fri­day at War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Lit­tle Rock. Trail­ing 22-12 in the third quar­ter, Junc­tion City scored the game's fi­nal 24 points to top Hazen 36-22 to win the 2A state ti­tle.

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