Eagles use long Williams run to sneak past Bobcats

DUMAS – The Dumas Bobcats wasted far too many chances and the Crossett Eagles made them pay in the end Friday as they spoiled homecoming at Tidwell Field with a 14-7 win in 8-4A Conference play.

Dumas (1-4, 1-1 in 8-4A) and Crossett (2-3, 1-1) entered the final period deadlocked at 0-0, but once the Bobcats finally scored, the Eagles quickly responded to pull within 7-6.

After the officials spotted the ball short on a fourth-down play with Dumas needing one inch with 5:41 left, Crossett needed just three plays to score on a 69-yard run by Donnie Williams. His two-point run gave Crossett a 14-7 lead and, after Willie Harris returned the ensuing kickoff to the Eagle 30, the visitors held on downs for the fifth time and ran out the clock for the win.

The first half was an exercise in futility, especially for the Bobcats, who gave over the ball on downs at the Eagle 6, 16 and 12 and saw a 75-yard pass play from Ryan Miller to Derreon Jenkins end in a fumble in the end zone for a touchback instead of a touchdown.

Crossett never got that close, giving up the ball on downs at the Dumas 24, punting from its 35 and turning it over on an interception of a River Johnson pass by Johnny Gibson Jr. Dumas had reached the Eagle 12 as the half expired, coming up short on fourth down.

Jarvis Emerson ended Crossett’s first possession of the second half with an interception at the Bobcat 20, but Dumas went three-and-out for the first time during the contest and punted to the Crossett 40.

The Eagles punted after three plays and Dumas drove from its 30 to the Crossett 20 before losing a fumble.

The Eagles again went three-and-out and the Bobcats drove 69 yards in seven plays, aided by a horsecollar tackle penalty against the Eagles, with Reginald Bailey carrying it in from the 10 with 50.4 seconds remaining in the third period. Jairo Ramirez kicked the PAT for a 7-0 Bobcat lead.

Jarvis Emerson recovered a Crossett fumble at the Eagle 47 two plays later, but Ryan Miller’s first down pass try was intercepted at the 35.

Dumas appeared to have forced a punt on the first play of the final quarter, but a roughing-the-passer call gave the Eagles a first down at the Dumas 46 and Williams carried a screen pass the distance on the following play to score with 11:43 left. The PAT try failed as Dumas clung to a 7-6 lead.

The teams swapped punts before Dumas drove from the Eagle 43 to the 20, where Miller was ruled an inch short on third-and-2. On fourth down from the 20, he carried the ball again and the officials spotted the ball a foot short with 5:41 left.

Johnson passed twice to the Eagle 31 before Williams broke through the middle to score with 4:27 on the clock and his two-point run gave Crossett a 14-7 lead.

The Eagle defense then did its job after Harris’ kickoff return, reclaiming possession at the Crossett 24 and using the last 1:54 to move to the 39.

Dumas visits Warren this Friday and Crossett hosts DeWitt.