Barnhill’s big night leads Monticello in win


MONTICELLO – Monticello’s Diante Barnhill averaged over 19 yards a carry and scored two touchdowns in leading the Billies to a 33-15 win over visiting 8-4A Conference foe Lake Village Lakeside.

Barnhill ran eight times for 154 yards. Cole Connelley added 99 yards on 13 carries for the Billies (3-3, 2-1). Barnhill scored on runs of 49 and 27 yards and Connelley notched a touchdown on a 23-yard sprint. Connelley also kicked three point-after conversions.

Lake Village fell behind by 13-0 by early in the second quarter, but then trimmed Monticello’s halftime lead to 13-7 when Tamarius Johnson scored the first of his two touchdowns. His other score came late in the game on a 3-yard run.

The Billies responded with a third-period touchdown on a 63-yard punt return by Will Naron. Monticello moved ahead 27-7 when Omar Simpson hit paydirt on a 4-yard run last in the round. Barnhill’s second touchdown came midway of the fourth quarter and gave the Billies their biggest lead at 33-7.

Monticello travels to Crossett next week.

Star City 17, Hamburg 14

STAR CITY – Eric Esteban kicked a 15-yard field goal with just 1:11 to play and lifted Star City to a dramatic 17-14 victory over 8-4A Conference opponent Hamburg.

The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-2) trailed 14-0 at halftime and didn’t score until Zack House registered a touchdown on an 11-yard run in the last minute of the third quarter. Esteban then connected on the first of his two conversion kicks.

Star City tied the score with 9:22 to play on a 43-yard touchdown run by DaJunn Harris. The touchdown followed a House interception.

Esteben’s decisive field goal came after the Bulldogs blocked a Lions’ field goal try with 5:33 remaining.

House ran 15 times for 71 yards and completed 6-of-8 passes for 41 yards. Harris had 59 yards on 4 carries.

Star City, which plays at Dumas next week, was paced defensively by Zack Towers and Harley Cotton, who combined for 16 solo stops and 8 assists.

McGehee 40, Genoa Central 9

GENOA – Big plays were the difference for the McGehee’s Owls as they flew past Genoa Central 40-9 in a 7-3A Conference encounter.

The Owls’ David Shepard returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and McGehee never looked back. Stephon Lee tallied two touchdowns on runs of 8 and 25 yards. Steven King scored on a 40-yard dash and Roger Blackmon garnered a touchdown on a 40-yard pass from Maurice Hudson.

Tabor McGraw booted each of the Owls’ conversion kicks.

Among the defensive leaders for McGehee (5-1, 2-1) were Michael Risner and King. The Owls host Fouke next week.

Stuttgart 20, Newport 13

STUTTGART – Top-ranked Stuttgart managed to stay unbeaten with a come-from-behind 20-13 victory over 2-4A Conference foe Newport.

Both teams were hampered by north winds of up to 30 miles that started in the second quarter and persisted through the rest of the game.

“In 19 years of coaching, I’ve never been involved in a game that had winds like that,” Stuttgart coach Billy Elmore said. “I can’t remember being part of a game like that ever before, period.

“A good punt against the wind in this game was 15 yards. It impacted the strategy for both teams.”

Elmore said temperatures dropped dramatically throughout the game.

After Newport took a 6-0 lead on an early touchdown run, Stuttgart (6-0, 3-0) gained the lead for good on an 85-yard scoring run by Dontrell Brown and a 2-point run by Tyler Luster just before intermission.

The Ricebirds scored twice in the third quarter to seal the win, first on a 65-yard pass from Brown to Dre’lon Ice and then on a 15-yard Luster run.

After Newport scored its final points, the Ricebirds maintained possession for the last four minutes and were on Newport’s 2-yard line when the game ended.

“Our entire defense played well,” Elmore said. “Offensively, Brown had a good game with his running and passing.”

Stuttgart plays next week at Clinton.