Quitman's Junior Bulldogs found their groove on Thursday night in Conway where they defeated the Conway Christian Eagles 60-32 while rolling up 489 yards of total offense.
The Junior Bulldogs started their offensive onslaught with a 7-play, 71-yard scoring drive capped by quarterback Trey McGhee's 38-yard touchdown run. Running back Eli Peck added two more points on the conversion for an 8-0 lead with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.
After the home-standing Eagles responded with two scores to take a 12-8 lead, Quitman fired back with a 3-play, 51-yard scoring drive that ended with a 35-yard touchdown scamper by running back Chris Milam, who broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage before sprinting into the end zone. McGhee kept for two more points on the conversion, giving Quitman a 16-12 advantage with 7:38 left in the second quarter.
Milam set up the Jr. Bulldogs' next score with an interception, which led to a 6-yard touchdown run by McGhee, capping a 5-play, 40-yard scoring drive that included two runs by Peck for a total of 23 yards.
Late in the second half, Conway Christian scored to pull within six but the Jr. Bulldogs came right back, this time marching 55 yards in four plays for a touchdown. With time running out in the first half, McGhee found receiver Caleb Lutrell for a 28-yard touchdown. Peck added two more points on the conversion, pushing Quitman's lead to 30-18 at halftime.
Michael Lewis recovered an onside kick turned fumble to start the second half and the Jr. Bulldogs scored after Milam ripped off a 37-yard run. On first and 20 following two false start penalties, McGhee found Milam for 13 yards then Quitman's quarterback kept for five more yards and a first down.
On the Jr. Bulldogs' next snap, Peck scored from five yards out as Quitman pushed its lead to 44-18 with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Quitman's Abi Quiroz recovered a fumble on the Jr. Eagles' ensuing possession and the Jr. Bulldogs made them pay when McGhee hit receiver Treavor Williams for a 35-yard touchdown. Peck added two more points on the conversion as Quitman's lead grew to 52-18 with 1:34 left in the third quarter.
Conway Christian responded with a touchdown pass and two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter before Quitman defensive back Tyler Grantham intercepted a screen pass and dashed 25 yards for a touchdown. Lewis found the end zone on the two-point conversion.
The Jr. Eagles tacked on a late score to set the final at 60-32.
McGhee finished 6-of-13 passing for 170 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing 10 times for 103 yards and two more scores. Milam ran eight times for 102 yards and a touchdown, while adding two receptions for 65 yards and a score. Milam also completed a pass for 18 yards.
Peck finished with 12 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown, plus three two-point conversion runs.
Page 2 of 2 - Williams led Quitman in receiving with three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Milam paced the Jr. Bulldogs with nine tackles.
The Jr. Bulldogs improved to 2-3 in the 5-2A conference with two games to play, including tonight's home finale against Poyen.
(Editor's note: Stats and information courtesy of Quitman Football Foundation's Dan Lichoff)