Wildcats finish unbeaten champs

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Two rushing touchdowns by Simeon Blair and a strong defensive effort helped Watson Chapel complete a 10-0 season Tuesday night with a 16-12 victory over Central Arkansas Christian in the River City Conference junior high championship game.

“It was a total team effort by the players and the coaching staff,” Watson Chapel coach Jared Dutton said.

Blair’s 1-yard run in the third quarter and his two-point conversion rush kept the Wildcats ahead for good.

After the Wildcats fumbled on the second play of the game, the Mustangs went ahead 6-0 on a 5-yard touchdown pass. But in the second quarter, Blair ran 8 yards for a score and Davion White rushed for the extra two points to give Watson Chapel the 8-6 edge, which was the halftime score.

CAC took a 12-8 lead on a 55-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. Blair’s second TD came on the ensuing drive.

From there, the Mustangs never gained another first down.

Watson Chapel rushed for 149 yards and passed for 119. CAC was held to 38 yards rushing but gained 165 passing.

“They were excited,” Dutton said of his players. “It took a lot of hard work. The guys got beat against Pulaski Academy last year in the championship game, and the players who were on that team knew how that felt, and they didn’t want that feeling again. We worked hard in the offseason and during the season and had some breaks go our way.