Following a physical, 21-20 overtime win against Ozark, Gravette coach Bill Harrelson is happy to report no new injuries.
However, the Lions will continue to be without receiver/safety Chris Childress, who suffered a knee injury during preseason practices, when they travel to Booneville for another stiff non-conference test at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We’re still going to miss Chris Childress, but we did feel fortunate to get out (of Friday’s win) without any injuries,” Harrelson said.
Senior quarterback Kilby Roberts was an efficient 20 of 24 for 126 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions against the Hillbillies. He added 15 carries for 58 yards while junior Austin O’Brien had 50 total yards rushing and receiving, including a pair of short touchdown runs.
Junior Brady Moorman was the star of the game. He had a team-high 11 catches for 80 yards and the game-tying touchdown to go along with two interceptions. Senior defensive end Drew Hendren led the defense with 10 tackles, including 9 solo stops, 2 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
“Our QB got the chains moving and we had some kids who really played well,” Harrelson said. “Our defense played well all night and only gave up two big pass plays.”
One of those pass plays was a touchdown that came with 15 seconds remaining in the first half. It came on the ensuing play after Ozark converted on 4th and 14.
“It was a great game between two evenly matched teams that went back and forth and slugged it out,” Harrelson said. “And I can’t say enough about our defense … If they play like that it will give us a chance to win most Friday nights.”
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Junior quarterback Austin Anderson completed 17 of 21 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown to pilot the Pirates’ 28-8 win at rival West Fork.
“The offense was not good as a whole, so it’s hard to say they were good,” said Greenland said. “But (Anderson) did well for his first time starting in a high school game. There were some things he did well, and some things he didn’t like holding onto the ball as well as he needed to.”
Senior Michael McAdoo rushed 20 times for 60 yards and a touchdown while junior Chandler Alaniz hauled in eight passes for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Senior Paycen Dennis had five catches for 46 yards while also forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble and deflection three passes on the defensive side of the ball.
“Paycen Dennis was a star for us,” Larkan said. “He took out the trash, carried the water and had some really good plays on offense.
“Our defense as a whole played well. That being said, (West Fork) had receivers open all night. If they would have hit a couple of those, it would have been a different story.”
Greenland hosts Mansfield at 7 p.m. Friday.
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A poor third quarter by Lincoln turned a close game into a 42-7 defeat against Westville, Okla. last week.
Lincoln entered the second half tied 7-7 after Dalton Lee caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Swayne. But Lincoln dropped a screen pass on fourth down inside at the Westville 10 and Westville scored on three consecutive possessions to break the game open.
“We played really well in the first half,” Lincoln coach Don Harrison said. “The defense was going good and, offensively, we were moving the ball up-and-down the field. Then, we had a horrible third quarter. We drop a touchdown pass, we throw an interception, we fumble a kickoff, and before you know it, it’s 21-7.
“There are peaks and valleys in every game. But we’ve got to learn to get over it and move on when bad things happen.”
Lincoln (0-1) will attempt to regroup Friday at Keys, Okla. (1-1), which lost 14-0 last week to Checotah, Okla. Keys beat Lincoln 21-18 last season when the Wolves finished 4-7.
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Elkins hopes for a better start at West Fork Friday.
The Elks battled Shiloh Christian for three quarters but could not overcome a 22-0 deficit and lost 35-22. The Saints led 20-0 after one quarter and scored twice before Elkins ran an offensive play.
“Once we settled down, our kids played and hung with them for the last three quarters,” Elkins coach Chad Harbison said. “We’ve got a lot of things to correct, as a team typically does from Week 1 to Week 2, but I think our kids did a good job.”
Quarterback Jake Strode accounted for three touchdowns and threw for 221 yards despite being sacked nine times.
“They were bringing a lot of extra guys from the outside,” Harbison said. “But I thought our offensive line played really well.”
Elkins (0-1) will try to even its record on the road against West Fork (0-1), which has won 12 consecutive over the Elks. West Fork fell 28-8 to Greenland in its season-opener.
“We haven’t done anything yet and they have the advantage (in the series),” Harbison said. “We’ve got to be focused on getting better and correcting mistakes.”
— RICK FIRES * NWARick
Here’s a look at statistical leaders from Week 1: