HEBER SPRINGS — Joshua Liddell rushed for 178 yards on just nine carries and scored three touchdowns to spark Dollarway to a 54-20 win over Heber Springs here Thursday night.
The victory gave the Cardinals a share of the 2-4A Conference crown, a second seed and first-round home advantage in the state playoffs, which begin next week.
Liddell scored on runs of 8, 33 and 34 yards. His touchdowns were registered in succession during the second and third quarters, giving the Cardinals a 42-12 command.
Dollarway (9-1, 6-1) notched its first score early in the contest when quarterback Xavier Long threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Kabion Ento. Moments later, Tracy Smith tallied the Cardinals’ second touchdown on a 41-yard run that had Heber Springs down by 14-0. Later in the first quarter, Long passed 32 yards to Davonne Chapman for a touchdown, putting the Cardinals on top by 22-6.
Behind Liddell, Dollarway bulled to a 36-12 halftime advantage and a 42-12 third-quarter lead. Heber Springs (5-4, 4-3) trimmed its deficit to 42-20 before Jeremiah Young’s 11-yard touchdown run put Dollarway on top 48-20 going into the final round.
Dequan Christmas then capped the Cardinals’ scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Dollarway collected 113 passing yards. Coach Cortez Lee cited DeAndre Payton for his defensive leadership in making a team-high 11 tackles.
“This game answered a lot of questions for us,” Lee said. “It got us ready for the playoffs. We would have liked to have won the conference outright and had a No. 1 seed for the playoffs, but we’re OK with a No. 2.”