Preps Roundup: Star City linebacker hospitalized after victory

Star City linebacker Zach Towers remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit at at Jefferson Regional Medical Center as of Friday afternoon with head trauma sustained in Thursday night’s 32-29 home victory over Crossett, coach Blair Brown said.

Brown said the cause of the injury, which occurred in the third quarter, was not yet determined.

“It was just regular, good, hard-nosed football being played,” Brown said.

Brown declined to go more into details of the injury, citing confidentiality reasons, but said Towers is receiving “outstanding” care at the hospital.

“The family has received prayers and well-wishes from everyone around Arkansas,” Brown said. “It’s been an amazing outpour of support.”

Star City took the lead on a 1-yard run by Reshod Davis with 20 seconds left, completing an 80-yard drive that took 2 minutes, 40 seconds. Davis rushed nine times for 57 yards and two touchdowns and also had a 25-yard receiving touchdown.

Star City had 308 rushing yards, led by Levonte Gardner’s 94 on eight carries. Zach House ran 11 times for 88 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 38 yards. Darrian Washington added three carries for 13 yards and a score.

Ty Brown completed 5 of 10 passes for 100 yards for Star City (8-2, 5-2 in 8-4A Conference), which claimed second place in its league and will host Heber Springs next Friday in the 4A state playoffs.

Warren 33, Lake Village 8 (Thu.)

LAKE VILLAGE — Lake Village had a hold on the game against Warren for a slight moment on Thursday.

But after the Beavers went up 8-7 in the second quarter, the Lumberbacks responded with the second of Drake Jones’ five touchdown passes and went on to win.

Jones threw for 366 yards and Von Eric Gonder caught eight passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

Warren (7-3, 7-0 8-4A Conference) has won seven straight games after losing its first three non-conference games and has the No. 1 seed from the conference. The Lumberjacks host Lonoke next Friday in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Warren scored first with a 74-yard pass from Jones to Gonder. The Lumberjacks went into halftime with a 13-8 lead before pulling away in the third quarter.

Jones hit Darveon Brown for the first of three touchdowns for Warren in the third quarter, this one a 9-yard score.

Jones then hit Jaylon Marshall for an 8-yard touchdown and finished up the scoring with a 95-yard touchdown toss to Gonder and a 33-8 lead.