Wildcats run all over Leopards

RISON — Piling up 367 yards of offense, all on the ground, the Rison Wildcats won their fourth straight game by pounding the Norphlet Leopards, 32-6, in an 8-2A Conference contest at Wildcat Field Friday night.

The Wildcats (4-2, 4-1 in 8-2A Conference) went to the air just one time in the contest, an incomplete pass on their fifth offensive play, but averaged almost 6 yards per run to end a four-game winning streak for the Leopards (4-2, 3-1 in 8-2A Conference).

“I continue to be amazed by these kids,” Rison head coach Clay Totty said. “We just keep getting better and better. We’re better now than I could have ever imagined four or five weeks ago.”

Rison dodged an early bullet when Norphlet advanced to the Wildcats’ 22-yard line. However, facing fourth-and-10, the Leopards called on Kyler Means for a 37-yard field goal attempt. Means’ kick had the distance, but sailed wide right with 7:22 to go in the first quarter.

In eight plays the Wildcats covered 80 yards for their first touchdown, capped by Dillon Smith’s 8-yard scoring run to make it 6-0 at the 4:03 mark of the opening quarter. Smith finished the game with 50 yards on nine carries. The drive was highlighted by Zuntario Oliver’s 30-yard scamper to the Norphlet 17. Oliver had 82 yards on 11 rushes.

On the Leopards’ next possession, a fourth down pass from the Norphlet 45 fell incomplete to give Rison good field position.

With Rison’s offensive line starting to take control of the line of scrimmage, the ‘Cats covered the distance in 10 plays, capped off by quarterback Nathan Wilson’s fourth down sneak from the one for a TD.

Another try for two points failed, leaving the score, 12-0, with 1:52 gone in the second period.

It took the Wildcats nine plays to march 84 yards on their third offensive series, with Wilson keeping the final 7 yards for Rison’s third touchdown. Wilson rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries.

Jokenzie Broughton swept the right side for a two-point conversion to pad Rison’s lead to 20-0 with 4:45 remaining in the first half.

Just before halftime, the Leopards drove deep into Rison territory, but a pass at the 19 from quarterback Michael Tipton to Jaylon Robinson with 1 second left fell just short of the the end zone to end the threat.

Rison took the second half kick and used 10 plays to drive 48 yards for a touchdown, scored by Wilson on a sneak from the one. The PAT failed, leaving Rison on top, 26-0, at the 7:10 mark of the third period.

Following an interception by the Wildcats’ Kolton Hooks at the Rison 35, the Wildcats marched 65 yards in 11 plays, with Broughton covering the final 9 yards on a sweep around the right side for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Broughton, Rison’s first 100-yard rusher in a game this season, finished with 121 yards on 18 carries. The PAT failed, but Rison had a 32-0 advantage.

Norphlet avoided the shutout when Tipton hooked up with Deonte Rodgers on a 45-yard touchdown pass with just 2:48 to go in the game to make it 32-6.