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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Eagles glide by Quitman

  • Conway Christian remained in a three-way tie for first-place in the 5-2A conference by crushing Quitman 54-6 on Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
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  • Conway Christian remained in a three-way tie for first-place in the 5-2A conference by crushing Quitman 54-6 on Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. The Eagles (5-1, 4-0) shut down the Bulldogs' stout running game, holding Quitman to only 27 yards on the ground and 173 total. Meanwhile, Conway Christian used a balanced attack to roll up 495 yards of total offense (225 passing, 270 rushing). Quitman (2-4, 1-3) held the Eagles on their first two possessions as cornerback Hunter Bridges broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone and Chase Stewart intercepted a pass, which he returned to the Eagle 25. But, the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs and Conway Christian marched 77 yards in six plays for its first score ¬ a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Tanner Stevenson. Chandler Ferrand added two more points, running the ball into the end zone off a swinging gate conversion play for an 8-0 lead with 11:05 left in the second quarter. Qutiman drove into Conway Christian territory before stalling out on four downs and the Eagles struck again ¬ this time with a quick strike from Stevenson to Ferrand, who caught the pass and raced down the right sideline for a 65-yard touchdown. With 8:43 left in the second quarter, the Bulldogs stopped the two-point conversion, leaving the Eagles with a 14-0 lead. Conway Christian recovered an onside kick, which flipped field position and eventually led to another score as the Eagles took a 20-0 lead, which grew to 26-0 moments later with a 24-yard interception return for six. With only 1:51 left until halftime, Quitman started its only scoring drive when DJ McVay returned the kickoff 28 yards to the CC 38, where the Bulldogs used five plays to cover 62 yards. Quitman moved into enemy territory with the help of a 15-yard facemask. Facing second and 15, quarterback Walker Johnson hit slot back Jamen Ellis for 10 yards as Quitman moved to the Eagle 37. Johnson then found Stewart for six yards and a new set of downs. On the Bulldogs' next snap, Johnson passed over the middle for Stewart, who side-stepped two defenders and burst into the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown. Conway Christian held tight on the two-point attempt, preserving a 26-6 halftime lead. Stevenson, who completed 14-of-31 passes for 225 yards, tossed two touchdown passes in the third quarter, including a 54-yard strike to receiver Andrew Dather as the Eagles built a 40-6 lead with eight minutes left in the third quarter. Dather finished with eight receptions for 112 yards. Conway Christian running back Ancil Lea, who finished with 22 carries for 146 yards two touchdowns, scored from six yards out early in the fourth quarter and Ferrand added a 6-yard touchdown run as Conway Christian coasted to a 54-6 win. Stewart led Quitman with 11 receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown, while Johnson completed 16-of-40 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. The Eagles held Quitman all-state running back Allen Mannon to only one yard on 10 attempts. Linebacker Derek Robinson led the Bulldogs' defense with 11 tackles and linebacker Jacoby Brown followed with 10 stops, while defensive end Justin Kent, linebacker Hadley Martin and Bridges each collected nine tackles. Quitman travels to winless Poyen (0-7, 0-4) on Friday. (Editor's note: Stats and information courtesy of Quitman Football Foundation's Dan Lichoff)

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