Junction City pulls away late against Rison

JUNCTION CITY — Things unraveled in a hurry, twice, for Rison against the state’s No. 1-ranked team Junction City as the Dragons defeated the Wildcats 40-24 Friday night at home.

The last time was midway through the fourth quarter when the Wildcats were in position to tie or take the lead. But protecting a three-point lead, the Dragons got a blocked field goal attempt with 7:06 left in the game, and then turned things over to running back JaQwis Dancy, who ran for touchdowns of 16 and 55 yards, as Junction City pulled away for a 8-2A Conference win over Rison.

Junction City is now 2-0, while the Wildcats fell to 0-2.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Junction City used a long kickoff return for a touchdown and some big pass plays to build a 27-10 halftime lead.

Rison had gone ahead on a short TD pass from quarterback Nathan Wilson to Zuntario Oliver and on a 28-yard field goal by Oliver.

But a 75-yard kick return for a Dragon TD quickly turned things around. Then Junction City got 27- and 78-yard scoring passes, sandwiched around a short touchdown plunge, to go ahead by 17 points in the second quarter.

An inspired Rison defense started to rattle Junction City leading to some big mistakes that the Wildcats took advantage of in the third quarter to close the gap.

Recovering two fumbles inside the Junction City 5-yard line, Rison got two short TD runs from Wilson that pulled the Wildcats within 27-24 midway through the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Rison’s Bryson Marks intercepted a Junction City pass at the Wildcat 33. From there Rison drove to the Junction City 22 for a first down. But the 18-yard line was as close as the Wildcats could get, and a 35-yard field goal attempt by Chris Leaks was blocked.

The Dragons then tacked on Dancy’s touchdown runs to put the game out of reach.