Averaging more than seven yards per run, Prairie Grove didn’t need to pass much to defeat Gosnell 48-26 at Tiger Stadium on Friday.
When senior quarterback Zeke Laird did drop back to throw, he was effective and efficient by completing 10 of 14 passes for 147 yards and touchdowns to three different receivers.
Of course, senior speed demon Isaac Disney is a weapon (3 receptions, 40 yards, 1 touchdown), but tight end Demarkus Cooper proved to be just as dangerous and difficult to tackle. The Tigers’ 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior tight end finished with three grabs for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Cooper’s blocking helped seal the edge on sweep plays, which resulted in any of Prairie Grove’s biggest gains. The Tigers’ three-headed running monster of junior Anthony Johnson and seniors Reed Orr and Kyle Sam accounted for 279 of the team’s 315 rushing yards.
Sam, who possesses lateral quickness as well as straight-ahead speed, had 112 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Johnson, who mixes speed and power, had 98 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Orr, a strong downhill runner, had 69 yards on nine carries.
Said Johnson: “Sam is a beast and we just jammed Reed down their throats. With the way our line made it easy for us, (Gosnell) couldn’t stop us, especially on sweeps. I think having all three of us is a real advantage because it keeps our legs fresh running the ball.”