Yellowjackets prevent Warriors’ comeback

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Yellowjackets remain undefeated in their fourth meeting with the Little Rock Hall Warriors despite a potential comeback by Hall in the fourth quarter to secure a 42-40 win on Friday night.

Penalties kept the Warriors from keeping up with a balanced Yellowjacket offense.

The first score of the game came from the Warriors’ quarterback Daniel Brown with a 25-yard touchdown run. Under first-year head coach Tom Scarbough, Hall went for a two-point conversion that failed and never successfully converted one until the 4th quarter.

Sheridan’s Braden Lunday answered Brown’s score with a 1-yard touchdown run of his own after a facemask penalty put the Yellowjackets into scoring position.

On the next possession for Sheridan, Mackenzie took a hand off to the right side for a 55-yard scamper to put the Yellowjackets up 14-6 at the end of the first.

In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Dustin Reid’s touchdown pass that was intended for Dylan Perdue ended up in the hands of Brady Bidd off of a tip between two Hall defenders. Joe Riggans kick was no good, and with one minute remaining in the half Brown connected with Peyton Stevens on a 51-yard touchdown pass.

Reid countered back with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Sean-Michael Stubbs as time expired going into halftime. Lunday capped off a successful opening third quarter drive with a 1-yard touchdown, but the mobile Brown scored for the Warriors again on a 5-yard run on the next position.

On the ensuing kickoff, a short kick by the Warriors resulted in a 67-yard kickoff return by Yellowjackets strong safety Cody Thompson. With Sheridan up 42-26 it seemed as if the game was slipping away from Hall.

But the Warriors never gave up and threatened with two unanswered scores.

The first was an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Stevens. Terry Smith scored the only successful two-point conversion of the night putting Hall within reach at 42-34 with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The running game of Hall was capped with a 1-yard touchdown run by Xavier Johnson but holding penalties were costly and negated a two-point conversion attempt allowing the Yellowjackets to run out the clock and hang on to win 42-40.

Sheridan will host Arkadelphia at 7 p.m. Friday.