DUMAS – It was officially Senior Night at Tidwell Field Thursday night as Dumas and Hamburg met in an 8-4AConference game to end the regular season, but it might as well have been called Miller Time after Hamburg’s Trey Miller and Kevin Miller combined to score five of the Lions’ seven touchdowns as Hamburg rolled to an easy 49-7 victory.
The Bobcats fell to 2-8 overall, 2-4 in 8-4A, while the Lions moved to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in league play. Hamburg already had the No. 2 seed to the Class 4A playoffs, while Dumas secured the fifth spot – and a visit to the 7-4A champion, either Arkadelphia or Malvern – after Monticello beat DeWitt and Star City beat Crossett Thursday night.
Quarterback Trey Miller scored on the second play from scrimmage from the nine after a 50-yard run and Conner Calloway kicked the first of seven PATs for a 7-0 Lion lead with just 15 seconds gone.
Dumas kept the ball long enough before punting to keep Hamburg off the scoreboard until Kevin Miller ran three yards for a score with 2:17 on the clock.
After a quick three-and-out by the Bobcats, Trey Miller ran 56 yards for a touchdown with 27.4 seconds left in the opening period and the PAT made it 21-0.
A 29-yard run by Demonte Burns and Calloway’s point-after put the Lions on top 28-0 with 8:54 left in the half as the Dumas defense was generally defenseless against Hamburg’s Wing-T offense and the variety of misdirection plays thrown at it. Meanwhile, the Bobcat offense managed only one first down in each of the first two periods and punted six times and fumbled once after a pass completion that would have moved the chains.
Kevin Miller ran it in from the one with 6:35 remaining in the half and the PAT made it 35-0, meaning the AAA sportsmanship rule would set the clock running in the second half.
But the chilly fans, players and officials didn’t have to wait that long after Trey Miller ran right past several defenders and up the middle for 34 yards and a touchdown that, after the PAT, put the Lions up 42-0 with 4:32 left before halftime.
Dumas coaches agreed to let the so-called “mercy rule” take effect early and the Bobcats ran three plays, punted again and Hamburg ran out the clock with a 19 yard run. The Lions had 368 yards rushing by the half., while Ryan Miller of Dumas was 6-of-10 in the air but for just 48 yards.
Hamburg added a touchdown on a 45 yard run with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter as several Lion starters left the game, pushing the score to 49-0.
The Lions turned the ball over on a fumble recovered by Keondrick Spencer and on downs on their final two possessions.
Dumas avoided a shutout when quarterback Ryan Miller scored untouched from the 14 with 10:10 remaining following Hamburg’s fumble. Jairo Ramirez kicked the PAT for the final 49-7 margin.