McGEHEE — McGehee and Dumas traded the lead four times in the first quarter of their battle for football supremacy in Desha County Friday night.
The Owls were able to make a second-quarter touchdown, following a Bobcat turnover, stand up for an 18-14 victory for their third win in a row in the series.
Dumas wasted a number of opportunities in the scoreless second half to fall to 0-2 for the season while the Owls moved to 1-1.
It only took McGehee 13 seconds to grab the lead as David Shepard took the opening kickoff at his 20 and raced into the end zone with 11:47 on the clock. Tabor McGraw’s point-after try failed because of a fumbled snap.
Dumas answered with an eight-play, 62-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Miller at the 8:00 mark. Jairo Ramirez’s PAT put the Bobcats on top, 7-6, but the Owls regained the advantage on a 4-yard scoring run by Kaion Parker with 6:17 left in the first quarter. The PAT was again fumbled, leaving the score 12-7.
Dumas used a 7-yard touchdown run by Lamar Hemphill with 1:13 remaining to move ahead and Ramirez kicked the Bobcats to a 14-12 lead.
After McGehee turned the ball over twice on fumbles by Shepard, Parker intercepted a pass attempt by Dumas junior quarterback Ladarius Harris and returned the theft to the Bobcat 31 to set up McGraw’s 5-yard touchdown pass with 5:00 left in the half. The score came after Dumas was flagged for holding on fourth-and-goal from the 10-yard line one play earlier. The Owls’ two-point conversion run failed.
The Bobcats drove to the McGehee 4-yard line to open the third quarter before a penalty for having a lineman downfield put the ball back at the 8 and a fourth-down play failed. Dumas later reached the Owl 30 before a fumble on fourth-and-three gave the Owls possession.
Later a pass interference call on fourth down gave the Bobcats a first down at the Dumas 42 with 2:54 left in the contest. But after a 12-yard pass put the Bobcats at the Owl 46, the McGehee defense held at the Dumas 48 and the hosts ran out the final 1:52 to seal the win.
At the end of the game the Owls were presented a trophy sponsored by Arkansas AG by Desha County Judge Roy Rodgers symbolic of the Desha County championship. The trophy was created and presented for the first time this year, inspired by “The Boot” trophy battled for annually by Arkansas and LSU.