HERMITAGE — Four straight two-play drives by Rison in the first 8:30 of the game resulted in a touchdown each time, as the Wildcats breezed to a 54-0 victory over the outmanned Hermitage Hermits in an 8-2A Conference contest Friday night.
It was the third straight win for Rison (3-2, 3-1 in 8-2A Conference). Hermitage (1-4) suited up just 11 players for the game, dropped to 1-4 on the season and remained winless in the league.
Rison head coach Clay Totty had already begun subbing long before the “mercy clock” started with just 1:22 gone in the second quarter when the Wildcats’ advantage soared to 39-0.
“We made some big plays,” Totty said. “We’re proud to get the win, but we want to keep it going. We have a big game next week.”
The Wildcats will host Norphlet next Friday and the Leopards will bring an unblemished conference record to Rison for the showdown.
After a penalty nullified Jokenzie Broughton’s 70-yard kick return for a touchdown to start the game, the junior took the handoff on Rison’s first play from scrimmage and scampered 54 yards to the Hermitage 1. From there, Bill Dykes scored with only 37 seconds gone in the game to make it 6-0.
Following a 50-yard run by Zuntario Oliver, quarterback Nathan Wilson passed to Garrett Dedman on a 16-yard touchdown play to give the ‘Cats a 12-0 lead with 9:09 left in the opening period. Oliver, who had a couple of extra points, also had touchdown runs of 13 and seven yards and capped the night off with a 55-yard interception return for a TD on the final play of the game.
Rison built its lead to 18-0 with 6:09 to go in the first quarter on a 55-yard touchdown dash by Jarvis Broughton.
After Oliver’s pair of TD runs made it 32-0, Rison’s defense chipped in on the scoring when lineman Terrell Gray returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown. Jessie Wooten tacked on the first of his two extra point kicks to pad the Wildcats’ margin to 39-0.
Just before the end of the first half, Rison’s punt coverage unit recorded a safety when Nick Marshall picked up the kick at the 1-yard line and was tackled in the end zone by a host of Wildcats. That made it 41-0 with 3:45 left in the second period.
The ‘Cat defense held the Hermits to minus 13 yards offense in the opening half.
Rison didn’t score again until early in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard TD run by Dillon Smith that extended the lead to 48-0.
Then Oliver made the long interception return for a touchdown on the last play of the game to put the final margin at 54-0.