Badgers shut out Pi­rates in first round

The Sentinel-Record - - SPORTS - JAMES LEIGH

ARKADEL­PHIA — Arkadel­phia took con­trol of the game early Fri­day as the Badgers rolled to a 37-0 win over Gos­nell in the first round of the Class 4A state play­offs at Al­lCare Field.

The Badgers (6-5) al­lowed just 168 yards for the Pi­rates (6-5) while cruis­ing to 345 yards in the win. Arkadel­phia will travel to War­ren (9-1) in a re­match of last year’s Class 4A state fi­nal af­ter the Lum­ber­jacks de­feated Cen­tral Arkansas Chris­tian (5-6), 44-14.

Gos­nell strug­gled in the open­ing pos­ses­sion, but a muffed punt by Vic­tor Tademy al­lowed the Pi­rates to ex­tend their drive to seven plays be­fore hav­ing to kick it away.

The Badgers needed six plays to move the ball 61 yards, thanks in part to a pass in­ter­fer­ence penalty against the Pi­rates. Zion Hat­ley car­ried the ball in from the 9 to put the Badgers on the score­board. On the con­ver­sion play, Can­non Turner tossed the ball back to Buster Thomas, who com­pleted the half­back pass to Tademy for the con­ver­sion to make it 8-0 with 6:40 left in the first half.

Eight plays later, Cole Turner took down Gos­nell’s Cadar­ius Young, strip­ping the ball, and Kyren Har­ri­son picked it up and car­ried it 50 yards back to the end zone for the sec­ond Badgers’ touch­down. Can­non Turner tucked the ball on the con­ver­sion play to make it 16-0 with 1:54 left in the first pe­riod.

Arkadel­phia took a 23-0 lead into the break af­ter Hat­ley found the end zone once again with 4:05 left in the half, Gabe Good­man kick­ing the PAT.

The Badgers scored twice more in the third frame to se­cure the shutout.

Turner was 4-for-10 pass­ing for 73 yards with one touch­down, and Thomas stepped in af­ter the mercy rule came into play, com­plet­ing 2 of 2 for 70 yards.

Turner also led the Badgers’ ground game with eight car­ries for 108 yards. Hat­ley had 13 car­ries for 69 yards and two touch-

downs, and Thomas had 3 car­ries for 19 yards.

Alec Ru­ble had two catches for 83 yards and a touch­down, and Thomas had two for 52.

Bar­ba­ree was 2-for-8 pass­ing for 39 yards, and Jy­dar­ian Young had 14 car­ries for 57 yards to lead the ground game for the Pi­rates. Cy­dar­ius Young had 16 car­ries for 34, and Devin Burks had five for 26.

Druw Reynolds led the Pi­rates’ re­ceivers corps with one catch for 31 yards.

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