The Lonoke Jackrabbits made it a little harder for them, but the Dollarway Cardinals stayed perfect with a 24-14 road win.
Dollarway’s Jeremiah Young led all rushers with 22 carries for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. The Cardinals’ defense held the Jackrabbits in check for most of the night, tossing a shutout and holding the Rabbits (3-4, 1-3 in 2-4A) to under 75 yards for almost three full quarters before Lonoke managed to break loose.
The Cardinals (7-0, 4-0 in 2-4A Conference) took a little while themselves to get on track offensively. A safety helped the visitors take an early 2-0 lead, but it took until the final two minutes of the half for Young to find the end zone and give Dollarway a 10-0 lead at halftime.
Dollarway forced a punt to open the third quarter, and capped off a short drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Xavier Long to Davonne Chapman to go ahead 18-0.
Two possessions later, Young followed a 38-yard run with a 14-yard touchdown to give the Cardinals a 24-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Lonoke had scored on its previous possession on a 56-yard touchdown pass.
The Cardinals spread out their nearly 50 rushing attempts among six different backs from several different looks. Young and Long shared time at quarterback all night.
“We wanted to be really versatile against them and I think that worked,” Dollarway coach Cortez Lee said. “Lonoke mixes up their fronts and we wanted to keep them guessing too.”
The Jackrabbits had limited success running the ball and almost no success through the air as the Cardinal defensive front pressured the quarterback on every pass.
“Our guys did a great job scouting their offense this week and coming up with that gameplan,” Lee said. “We got some great penetration in their backfield.”