Billies, Lumberjacks pick up conference wins

CROSSETT — Crossett had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Jalen Handley intercepted River Johnson’s pass in the end zone and returned in 100 yards to seal a 42-28 victory for Monticello (3-4, 3-1).

Diante Barnhill started the scoring for Monticello with a 27-yard run at the 9:56 mark in the first quarter to give the Billies a 6-0 lead.

Crossett took a 7-6 lead with 5:08 left in the first quarter with Johnson hit Dakotah Pennington for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

With 58 seconds left in the opening period, Jaquarius Davis scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and a 13-7 Monticello lead.

Crossett took its last lead of the game when Johnson hit Dominic Williams for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 6:48 left in the second quarter. The Eagles led 14-13 after the extra point and that was the halftime score.

Monticello took the lead again with 3:44 left in the third quarter when Cole Connelley to Demarius Blanks and Connelley scored the two-point conversion to put the Billies up 21-14.

Crossett tied the game up with 11:54 left in the game on a 1-yard touchdown by Johnson, but Monticello’s Omar Simpson returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards to Crossett’s 10-yard line.

With 11:40 left in the game, Connelley scored on a 10-yard run for a 28-21 Monticello lead.

Crossett tied the game again with 9:18 left on Johnson’s second touchdown run, this time from 5 yards out.

Monticello’s offense would not score again, but the Billies’ defense finished the scoring. Justin Avery recovered a fumble in the end zone to put Monticello up 35-28 before Handley’s interception with 5 seconds left.

Monticello rolled up 455 yards of total offense and had 407 yards rushing.

Barnhill finished with 197 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries. Connelley had 16 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown and passed for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Warren 36, DeWitt 10

DEWITT — Warren never trailed and sophomore Justin Gorman threw for four touchdowns as the Lumberjacks (4-3, 4-0 8-4A Conference) stayed undefeated in conference play with a 36-10 win over DeWitt.

Warren scored first when Gorman hit Darveon Brown for a 45-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 lead.

DeWitt scored a field goal before Kilay Cox ran in a 21-yard touchdown for Warren to make it 12-3.

DeWitt scored its only touchdown of the game after that and Gorman answered with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Brown and an 18-10 lead.

In the third quarter, Cox scored on a 3-yard touchdown run and Gorman later hit Von Eric Gonder for a 23-yard touchdown pass as the Lumberjacks went up 32-10.

The final score came in the fourth quarter when Gorman hit LaFaoy Smith for a 51-yard touchdown pass.

Gorman threw for 207 yards and Cox had 15 carries for 173 yards.