Pine Bluff football coach Bobby Bolding was all smiles after his team was able to hand Watson Chapel a 48-12 loss on Friday.
“It was a total team effort,” he said. “We did everything right and the scoreboard is the scoreboard as a coach once said.”
Pine Bluff’s defense played a key role in the rout. The Zebras returned two Kris McCullough interceptions for touchdowns, including a 101-yard return by Devarious Rice to end the first half.
“Those were great for our momentum and we got the picks and took them in,” Bolding said. “The 100-yard return, I thought that was awesome.”
That does not mean the Zebras were without their faults on Friday, though.
A week after putting together 491 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, running back Walter Ashley had 76 yards rushing and two touchdowns and caught an 18-yard pass. Granted, Ashley did not play in the second half and saw a good amount of rest in the first half.
“I just came out wanting to show everyone what I had and do what I did last week,” Ashley said. “I just got what I could.”
Bolding said Ashley played great and there are adjustments the offensive line needs to make.
“We need to fix some things on the offensive line and they will tell you that,” he said. “They want to do things perfect and we are a long, long ways from that.”
Even though most of the starters were pulled in the second half, the Zebras were held scoreless and that did not sit well with Bolding.
“We made some stupid mistakes in the second half and I wasn’t happy with our focus in the second half,” he said. “But that is something we can address next week.”
Pine Bluff plays at North Little Rock this week, and it did not take long for Bolding’s focus to shift from a big win over a rival to a squad that includes standout running back Altee Tenpenny.
“In about three seconds my focus will shift to North Little Rock,” said Bolding on Friday.
Chapel deals with suspensions
Watson Chapel was without five players for its loss Friday, two of whom were starters in the defensive secondary.
But Watson Chapel coach George Shelton said that did not play a factor in the team’s loss.
“It was just a team violation on our trip to Fayetteville when we played Siloam Springs,” he said. “It certainly affects your team, but I don’t blame the loss on it. Just move forward.”
Shelton did not disclose the suspended players. He did say that Pine Bluff just had its way with the Wildcats.
“They’ve got a good football team,” he said. “They were able to exert their physical force on us and we made mistakes.”
Vaughn: Bulldogs upset they didn’t get to finish
No one will know how the White Hall-Little Rock Christian game would have turned out, but it was clear White Hall was gaining some momentum.
The Bulldogs, trailing 7-6, were driving from Little Rock Christian’s 18 after an interception return by Quinton Winston, but bad weather forced stoppage of the game at the 5:45 mark of the second quarter. Little Rock Christian, the host team, elected not to continue, and the game was declared no contest because the first half was not completed.
“Whatever they wanted to call it, we felt like we won the game because they (Little Rock Christian) didn’t want to finish,” White Hall coach Mike Vaughn said. “We were upset. Our kids were not happy because of the first quarter.”
White Hall trailed 7-0 going into the second quarter but pulled within a point on a touchdown pass from Terrance Warren to Percy Arnold.
“We finally got out of the funk, we picked it up and then it stopped,” Vaughn said. “We should have finished the game. They wouldn’t play Saturday afternoon. We told them we would play Monday, and they didn’t want to play.”
Dollarway’s defense goes a long way
Dollarway totaled 332 yards rushing in a 32-15 home victory over Little Rock Parkview on Friday. Defensively, the Cardinals held Parkview to 270 total yards.
“The defense held real hard and strong (Friday),” Dollarway coach Cortez Lee said. “We had a few plays where we thought our miscues could hurt us. We came out, we capitalized and made the defensive stops when we needed to, and great job by the defense and the coaches.”
The Cardinals have not allowed more than 15 points so far this season. They won their opener at Helena-West Helena Central 44-14.
Despite the defense’s success, the Cardinals rarely blitzed the Patriots in shotgun formation, and quarterback Caelon Harden had plenty of room to operate. He only threw for 120 yards, though.
“We used a containment system because we didn’t want them to get outside and break down our defense, so we had our ends kind of hold and our linebackers sit there and wait for them to cut back,” Lee said.