Wildcats cruise to 39-14 win over Bears


RISON — Scoring touchdowns on their first four offensive series, the Rison Wildcats splashed their way to a 39-14 victory Friday night over the Woodlawn Bears in an 8-2A Conference contest between the Cleveland County rivals on a wet and soggy Wildcat Field.

The win improved Rison’s record to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference, as the Wildcats avoided going 0-3 for the first time since 1975. Woodlawn fell to 0-2 and 0-1.

In building a 26-0 halftime lead, Rison piled up close to 300 yards on offense in the first two quarters and finished with a total of 458 yards in the game. All but 32 yards came on the ground, as the Wildcats completed two out of three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown.

While Woodlawn managed just 43 yards and three first downs in the opening half, the Bears rebounded in the second half behind the strong running of junior Jeffery Jones to finish with 197 yards, all on the ground. Jones, who had 20 carries in the game, gained 128 of his 138 yards in the second half. Woodlawn attempted just one pass in the game, which went incomplete.

The Wildcats had a pair of senior backs go over the century mark in rushing, with Zuntario Oliver gaining 197 yards on 15 carries and Jokenzie Broughton adding 117 yards on a dozen runs to spark Rison’s 426-yard ground assault.

Rison took the opening kick and drove 53 yards for a touchdown, capped by senior quarterback Nathan Wilson’s 5-yard plunge. Oliver added the first of his two PAT kicks to make it 7-0 with just 2:42 gone in the game.

With 4:33 remaining in the first period, the Wildcats’ Oliver swept the right side, broke a tackle, and zipped 66 yards for a touchdown to push the score to 13-0.

A 29-yard TD pass from Wilson to sophomore wide receiver Jaylon Mitchum at the 11:04 mark of the second quarter extended Rison’s advantage to 19-0.

Then facing second-and-15 at the start of their next possession, the Wildcats used 10 plays to go 84 yards, capped by Broughton’s 28-yard touchdown scamper to send the score to 26-0 with 4:01 remaining in the opening half.

After the Bears drove to the Rison 29 to begin the second half, the Wildcats marched 71 yards in 11 plays to build a 32-0 cushion with just 1:42 to go in the third period.

Woodlawn got on the scoreboard with 2 seconds left in the third quarter, as Jones crashed over the right side on third-and-six and outraced the Rison defense on a 60-yard touchdown run that made it 32-6.

Senior slotback Kolton Hooks got Rison’s next scoring drive started with a 28-yard dash to the Woodlawn 28. With Rison’s reserve backs inserted into the lineup for the fourth quarter, sophomore Cortez Phillips scored his first varsity touchdown on a 4-yard carry. Sophomore Chris Leaks tacked on the PAT to give Rison a 39-6 lead with 8:27 left in the game.

Using 13 plays and 7:47 of the clock, the Bears marched 52 yards for a touchdown on Jones’ 1-yard plunge with just 40 seconds to go. Tyson Hume ran over a 2-point conversion that made it 39-14.