Cards fly past Patriots

LITTLE ROCK—The 2-4A Dollarway Cardinals amassed 155 yards on the ground in defeating the 7A/6A-Central Little Rock Parkview Patriots 42-3 on Friday night.

Dollarway struck first with 8:32 left in the first quarter when sophomore running back Markell Scott rushed from 1 yard out. The Cardinals attempted a two-point conversion but came up short in leading 6-0 early.

Dollarway’s head coach Cortez Lee said he wanted to establish the run game early to control the tempo.

“This past week we worked on a lot of different schemes,” Lee said. “We are still a little bit slow to the point of impact, but at the same time, the guys gave a better effort.”

Along with the ground game, the Cardinals defense was stifling all night in limiting the Patriots on the ground and even collecting a pick-six in the second quarter while just yielding three points in the game. Lee spoke highly of his defense’s effort against the Patriots.

“I was proud of our defense. They’re flying around and starting to get their legs under them,” Lee said. “I think with more preparation … I see our defense getting better.”

The Cardinals jumped out to a 20-3 lead at halftime and forced the Patriots into a three-and-out on the first possession of the second half. The long snapper sailed the ball over the punters head and the Cardinals took over from the Patriots 4-yard line. Two plays later, senior quarterback Joshua Liddell ran it in from one yard out. The Cardinals added a two-point conversion when Cameron Beavers took the handoff up the middle to increase Dollarway’s lead to 28-3.

With 3:06 left in the third quarter, Parkview attempted a fake punt on Dollarway’s 44-yard line but came up short. The Cardinals needed just one play to score when Liddell hit a streaking Kabion Ento for a 55-yard strike.

“The coaches had been saying we need a little excitement after a turnover,” Lee said. “I thought we were controlling the game pretty easy with our offensive line, but I decided to do it and the coaches made a great call.”

Dollarway invoked the mercy rule with the first play of the fourth quarter when Scott ran in from two yards out. Dollarway converted the two-point conversion to make the final score at 42-3. The Patriots’ lone points came from Ronaldo Gomez when he hit a 28-yard field goal with 10:03 left in the first quarter.

Lee knows there are still corrections to be made in moving forward.

“We just want to make sure our blocking improves and our defensive personnel as far as our assignments (go) and other than that I thought we did well (Friday night).”

Dollarway will be on the road again next week when it faces Crossett.