DUMAS — What started out as a track meet ended in a runaway as the Dumas Bobcats opened 8-4A Conference play with a 63-26 Homecoming victory over the Lakeside Beavers of Lake Village Friday at Tidwell Field.
Brenston Neal of Dumas (1-3, 1-0 8-4A) returned the opening kickoff from his 20 to the 38, then broke loose for 49 yards on the first play from scrimmage before fumbling as he went down at the 13 and Lakeside took over there. The Beavers (1-3, 0-1) kept the ball for almost five minutes before the Bobcats defense held on fourth-and-four at the Dumas 34.
The teams traded punts before the Bobcats scored on a six play, 45-yard drive that ended at the 3:04 mark of the first quarter when senior quarterback Ryan Miller, who threw for 255 yards and four touchdowns, ran it in from the five. Jairo Ramirez kicked the first of nine consecutive extra points for a 7-0 Dumas lead.
The Beavers responded with a six play, 53-yard drive to pull within 7-6 with 1:16 left in the period on a 35-yard run off a reverse by Kyrin Carr. DeAndre Henderson scored on a two-point conversion for an 8-7 Lakeside lead that lasted less than a minute.
Keondrick Spencer, who caught four passes for 173 yards and two scores, returned the ensuing kickoff from his 11 to the Lakeside 15 and Jarion Woods scored on a 15-yard run two plays later for a 13-8 Bobcat lead with 22.6 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Ramirez added the PAT.
The Beavers opened the second quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run by Jaelin Thomas to tie the score at 14-14 with 11:47 on the clock. The two-point conversion try failed.
Dumas needed only two plays to take the lead for good. After each team was assessed a minor penalty and Miller kept for six yards before connecting with Ladarius Harris on a 57-yard scoring pass at 10:35 left in the half. The PAT gave Dumas a 21-14 lead that soon grew to 28-14.
Lakeside punted after three plays and Miller found Spencer open for 79 yards and a touchdown with 7:13 on the clock. That, with the PAT, gave the Bobcats a little breathing room, but the Beavers again had an answer.
Starting at the Lakeside 24, the visitors used 12 plays to score, overcoming a holding penalty and aided by two major penalties against Dumas. A fourth-down scoring pass from quarterback Malik Adams to Quin Miller pulled the Beavers within 28-20 with 1:27. Harris and James Spinks stopped Adams short on the two-point conversion try.
Dumas began its next possession at the Lakeside 46 after Spencer returned the kickoff from his 22. A 16-yard run by Neal and a 20-yard keeper by Miller set up the senior’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Cortland Austin with 36.2 seconds on the clock. Ramirez was true again for a 35-20 Bobcat lead.
Carr set the Beavers up at their 41 with the second half kickoff and Adams got it all on the next play with a 59-yard touchdown pass to Miller with 11:37 left in the third. The PAT kick try was blocked as the score remained 35-26 and ended things for Lake Village for the night — but not for the Bobcats.
Dumas pushed the lead to 49-26 with drives of six plays for 52 yards and seven plays for 72 yards. The first ended on a 2-yard touchdown run by Lamar Hemphill with 8:30 left in the quarter and, after a Lakeside punt, Neal ran it in from the 4 with 4:22 left.
The teams swapped punts before the Beavers gave the ball over on downs at their 27 with 17.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Two Lakeside defenders went for Miller’s pass as it landed in Spencer’s hands in the end zone with 10 seconds left. The PAT put Dumas ahead 56-26.
The Beavers, who had scored on the first play in the second and third quarters, lost six yards as the final quarter began, then Kontarrow Phillips intercepted Adams at the Lakeside 31 on the next play and ran it in for a 62-26 Dumas lead. Ramirez kicked it to 63-26 to close put the scoring and the clock ran unimpeded the last 11:15 under the Arkansas Activities Association sportsmanship rule.
Dev Buchanan made a diving interception of an Adams pass at the Beaver 30 before the Bobcats punted and the visitors ran out the clock.