Ricebirds win crucial matchup against Panthers


HEBER SPRINGS – Top-ranked Stuttgart’s defense kept hosting Heber Springs’ offense at bay much of the night as the Ricebirds remained unbeaten with a decisive 2-4A Conference win.

Stuttgart (5-0, 2-0) all but iced the game with a 14-point second-quarter outburst that gave the Ricebirds a 21-0 halftime lead. Heber Springs (3-2, 1-1) had trailed by just 7-0 after the opening period. Stuttgart led 27-0 after three quarters.

Among the Ricebirds notching touchdowns were Dontrell Brown, John Curtis and Tyler Luster. Brown tallied two touchdowns and passed for another.

“Our defense played well,” Stuttgart coach Billy Elmore said. “Our defensive line shut down their running game and that helped to keep us in control.”

The Ricebirds host Newport next week.

Warren 48, Star City 27

WARREN – Warren’s Lumberjacks rode an early five-touchdown explosion to a 48-27 victory over Star City (3-2, 0-2) in an 8-4A Conference bout.

Warren (2-3, 2-0) relied on its passing attack for its first four touchdowns. Quarterback Justin Gorman connected with Darveon Brown on scoring strikes from 9 and 41 yards out and then teamed with Von Eric Gonder on a 34-yard throw. Trey English hit Gorman on a 9-yard pass for the other score.

A 3-yard run by Kilay Cox gave Warren a 34-13 cushion at intermission.

Warren rounded out its point production with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, one on a 29-yard pass from Drake Jones to Gonder and the other on a 3-yard Cox run.

Odis Miller and Kendrick Newton helped in pacing the Lumberjacks’ defense. Miller registered a fumble recovery that led to a Warren score and also stopped a Star City drive with an interception. Newton made several key tackles.

The Lumberjacks host Dumas next week.

Fordyce 54, Fouke 0

FORDYCE – Big plays made the difference for Fordyce as it defeated Fouke 54-0 in a 6-3A Conference mismatch.

The Redbugs (5-0, 2-0) scored 27 points in each half. Charles York and Larry Buckley scored on long runs and Buckley added a touchdown on a 60-yard punt return. York threw a touchdown pass to Cole Johnson and Johnson had a scoring strike to Rashad Allen.

Austin Perry returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown and Austin Nutt and Brandon Payne each scored on short runs.

Xavier Warner led Fordyce’s defensive charge.

Fouke fell to 0-2 in league play and 2-3 overall.

Fordyce travels to Prescott next week.

McGehee 52, Drew Central 20

MONTICELLO – The McGehee Owls took charge early and coasted to a lopsided 6-3A Conference win over Drew Central’s Pirates.

Kicker Tabor McGraw had an impressive performance for McGehee (4-1, 1-1) as he booted seven conversions and a 38-yard field goal. Scoring touchdowns for the Owls were Maurice Hudson, Steven King, Stephon Lee, David Shepard, Austin Starnes and Terence Williams.

McGehee led 21-0 after the first quarter and 31-6 at halftime.

The Pirates (0-4, 0-2) were paced offensively by quarterback Will Jackson, who threw two touchdown passes to Sam durden, and DeAndre Miller, who ran for a score. Drew Central coach James White praised sophomore linebacker Aaron Hood.

“Aaron really stuck his nose in there for us defensively,” said White.

Drew Central plays at Smackover next week while McGehee travels to Genoa Central.