Dollarway used 44 first half points to put Lonoke away for a 52-19 win Friday night.
The Cardinals (7-0, 4-0 in 2-4A) are now in sole possession of first place in the conference.
“It feels good now to be in first place by ourselves,” said Dollarway head coach Cortez Lee.
For senior quarterback Joshua Liddell, it was a night filled with highlights. On the first play of the game, Liddell took a keeper and went up the right side line for an 80-yard touchdown.
Liddell rushed 11 times for 189 yards and completed 2 of 5 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
“It was a big win for us,” Liddell said. “Lonoke came in undefeated (in the conference) and we beat them. We just got to keep working.”
Liddell found himself again in the end zone after a 38-yard run in which he ran up the right sideline, cut back inside, hurdled over two defenders and cut back in again into the end zone before the end of the first quarter.
Dollarway’s defense had a tough time on Lonoke’s first drive as the Cardinals were called for a sideline penalty and being offsides. The Cardinals’ defense allowed a rushing touchdown from Lonoke quarterback Kody Smith on a 2-yard quarterback dive.
Upon Lonoke’s next offensive drive, Dollarway’s defense was able to penetrate the Jackrabbits’ offensive line, but a late hit call allowed Lonoke (5-2, 3-1) to move to the Cardinals’ 26-yard line. Two plays later, Lonoke running back Josh Coleman took a handoff up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown.
After the Jackrabbits second touchdown of the night, the Cardinals were able to dominate for the rest of the game off of big plays.
“Defensively we just wanted to keep the intensity going,” Lee said.
After a 57-yard rushing touchdown from Cardinal junior running back Keyshawn Williams, junior defensive lineman Donald Robinson forced a fumble to give Dollarway the ball back on its own 37. Liddell took advantage of Lonoke’s turnover and scored on a 5-yard keeper.
“Offensively, we just wanted to set the tone and keep doing the things that we’ve been doing,” Lee said.
And even though Liddell only completed two passes, they were a pair of big-play passes. Liddell’s first completion was a 14-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Henry Murphy and the other was a 32-yard pass to Kabion Ento.
After going up 44-12 at halftime, Ento made his presence known at the cornerback position by intercepting a pass from Smith and returned it 63 yards for a score. Ento’s interception return for a touchdown initiated the AAA sportsmanship mercy rule and sealed the win for Dollarway.
The Cardinal defense allowed another rushing touchdown from Coleman to put the Jackrabbits’ point total to 19 toward the end of regulation, but at that point, the Cardinals were just happy to get a win overall.
“We have three more games to go for the conference title and we’re going to just take care of business,” Lee said.
Williams rushed nine times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Chaderius Avery led the Dollarway defense with 11 tackles, four of them assisted and two of them for losses. Nic Woodfork had six tackles (four assisted and two for losses).