HAMBURG — Drake Jones accounted for four of Warren’s five touchdowns and led the Lumberjacks to a 32-13 win over Hamburg on Friday to clinch the 8-4A Conference championship.
The win also earned the Lumberjacks (6-3, 6-0 in 8-4A) a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the 4A state playoffs.
Jones started Warren’s onslaught with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Von Eric Gonder. He also had two short touchdown runs to build an 18-0 lead, which would be the score at halftime.
Hamburg (7-2, 5-1 in 8-4A) got on the board with a touchdown run, but Jones had a 2-yard TD carry to make it 25-6. The Lions scored later in the quarter to pull within 25-13, but Darveon Brown capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard carry.
Warren (6-3, 6-0 in 8-4A) will host Lake Village on Thursday in a bid to finish the conference slate undefeated.
McGehee 20, Smackover 14
SMACKOVER — The McGehee Owls ended the Smackover Buckaroos’ undefeated start to the season with a 20-14 win in the teams’ 6-3A matchup Friday night.
The Owls’ (6-3, 5-1 in 6-3A) Kaion Parker, who later scored a rushing touchdown, intercepted the Buckaroos (8-1, 5-1) on the game’s opening possession. The interception set up the first of two first-half touchdown runs by David Shepard.
Smackover answered Shepard’s touchdown with one of its own to tie the score 6-6. McGehee scored the next 14 points to take a 20-6 lead into halftime.
The Buckaroos scored with about 3 minutes remaining, but the Owls were able to recover the onside kick and run out the clock.
McGehee hosts Fordyce next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in both teams’ final regular season game.
Star City 44, DeWitt 14
STAR CITY — The Star City Bulldogs scored the game’s final 28 points to pull away from the DeWitt Dragons for a 44-14 win on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2 in 8-4A) scored the only points of the first quarter on a field goal by Erik Estaban. DeWitt answered to take its only lead of the game at 7-3.
Star City scored its first touchdown on a 45-yard run by quarterback Tye Brown, but missed the extra point. The sophomore then threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Toney Matthews to extend Star City’s lead to 16-7.
DeWitt (4-5, 2-4) scored to pull within 16-14, but Dajunn Harris scored on a 46-yard touchdown run to give Star City a 23-14 halftime lead.
Brown threw two third-quarter touchdown passes — one each to Chris Holleman and Blake Wynn — before Harris capped the scoring with a 5-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run.
Rison 30, Strong 24
STRONG — Zuntario Oliver scored on a 1-yard run with 45 seconds left to give the Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 in 8-2A) the win over the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2) in a battle for third place in the 8-2A Conference.
Rison trailed 24-14 in the fourth quarter and went 70 yards on the winning drive.
No further statistics were available.
Fordyce 32, Camden Harmony Grove 6
FORDYCE — Javeaz Sledge threw for two touchdowns to open the scoring, and the Redbugs (7-2, 4-2 in 6-3A) dominated the Hornets (3-6, 2-4) to set up next week’s battle with McGehee for at least a share of the conference championship.
Gary Cross was on the receiving end of Sledge’s first touchdown pass from 18 yards out. Josh Stroud caught an 8-yard pass from Sledge, and Larry Buckley caught a pass for the two-point conversion and 14-0 lead.
Stroud returned in interception 49 yards to make it 20-0, the halftime score. Jakeymes Gates added to Fordyce’s lead with a 5-yard run, and Cross returned a punt 50 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
Harmony Grove just ended the shutout bid on a 22-yard pass at the end of the game.
Sledge completd 6 of 12 passes for 73 yards. Cross had four catches for 33 yards.
Gates ran the ball six times for 64 yards, and Buckley made 14 carries for 55 yards.
Parkers Chapel 8, Woodlawn 6
WOODLAWN — A touchdown with less than a minute remaining and two-point conversion pushed the Trojans (3-6, 3-4 in 8-2A) past the Bears (1-6, 1-5).
Woodlawn’s only score came in the second quarter on Jeffrey Jones’ 6-yard run on fourth-and-5.