STAR CITY — Star City’s Dajunn Harris put on a show Friday night in what was likely the Bulldogs final home game of the season.
The junior running back had 240 yards on 14 carries (17.1 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in Star City’s 56-24 win over Gentry in a 4A first round playoff game.
In the first quarter, Harris opened the scoring with a 26-yard run and added a 62 yard run later in the quarter to extend Star City’s (8-3) lead to 21-6.
After Gentry (6-5) got within 10 points at 28-18, Harris added two touchdowns late in the first half on runs of 50 and 5 yards for a 42-18 halftime lead.
Harris added an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and 30-yard TD run in the fourth to cap his incredible night.
“It’s the best perfromance that I can remember or have even heard of at Star City with the six touchdowns,” Star City head coach Jett Furneaux said of Harris’ performance. “I’m pretty sure it’s a school record.”
Harris wasn’t the only Bulldog to enjoy a good night, though.
Sophomore quarterback Tye Brown finished 13-for-20 for 222 yards. He also threw first-half touchdown passes to seniors Austin Smith (33 yards) and Chris Holleman (15 yards).
Star City will play at Gosnell, which received a first-round bye, next Friday night.
4A first round
Arkadelphia 35, Dumas 0
ARKADELPHIA — The Dumas Bobcats season ended on Friday night with a 35-0 loss to Kris Oliver and the Arkadelphia Badgers in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
Oliver accounted for all five of Arkadelphia’s touchdowns. He had a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Oliver also had three receiving touchdowns and a touchdown run.
Dumas (2-9) trailed just 21-0 late in the third quarter but Arkadelphia added two touchdowns to invoke the Arkansas Activities Association sportsmanship rule for the ninth time in 11 games.
Arkadelphia (11-0) will face Newport, which beat Pottsville 30-20 on Friday night.
Malvern 53, Monticello 21
MALVERN — Monticello’s (4-7) season came to a close Friday night with a 53-21 loss to Malvern (9-2) in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
Maumelle 31, Stuttgart 10
MAUMELLE — The Stuttgart Ricebirds (4-7) chances for back-to-back 4A state titles ended in the first round Friday night with a 31-10 loss to Maumelle (9-2).
3A first round
Fordyce 35, Mayflower 28
FORDYCE — The Fordyce Redbugs blew a 28-0 lead but still managed to win their 3A first-round playoff game 35-28 over Mayflower on Friday night.
Fordyce senior Larry Buckley ran for 193 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns to lead the Redbugs. Senior quarterback Javeaz Sledge finished 8-for-15 for 108 yards and two TDs for Fordyce.
A 38-yard run by Buckley opened the scoring and a 16-yard pass from Sledge to senior Gary Cross gave Fordyce (9-2) a 14-0 lead after one quarter.
Buckley added two second-quarter TD runs before Mayflower (6-5) got on the board with just 38 seconds remaining in the first half.
Mayflower quickly got back in the game with two third quarter touchdowns to pull within 28-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
With 9:31 remaining in the game Mayflower tied the game but failed on a two-point conversion that would have given it the lead.
Fordyce finally answered the 28-0 run by Mayflower with a 2-yard pass from Sledge to Josh Stroud with 4:49 remaining in the game to give the Redbugs the 35-28 win.
Fordyce will host Earle next week. Earle beat Fountain Lake 42-37 on Friday night.
McGehee 46, Greenland 7
McGEHEE — The McGehee Owls erupted for 39 points in the first quarter en route to a 46-7 win over Greenland (6-5) in the first round of the 3A state playoffs on Friday night.
“I’m very proud of how we got focused and took care of business,” Owls coach Marcus Haddock said.
McGehee (7-4) will travel to Charleston next week. Charleston defeated Benton Harmony Grove 42-0 on Friday night.
6A first round
Jonesboro 42, Sheridan 0
JONESBORO — The Sheridan Yellowjackets season came to to an end Friday night with a 42-0 loss to Jonesboro in the first round of the 6A state playoffs.
Four first-quarter touchdowns, including an 83-yard punt return by Ke’dren Brunson, and two second-quarter TDs allowed Jonesboro (7-4) to cruise through a mercy-rule shortened second half.
Sheridan (2-9) managed just eight first downs and 102 yards in the game. Jonesboro, which will host Lake Hamilton next week, picked off four passes and recovered two fumbles in the game.