Mayflower quarterback Adam Dycus passed for 510 yards and five touchdowns and running back Daniel Gieber rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Eagles into the Class 3A state playoffs while dashing Rose Bud's postseason hopes with a 69-42 victory on Thursday night in Mayflower.
Although the Ramblers (4-5, 2-5) came up short of the playoffs, Rose Bud Coach Steve Rose led his young team to a school-record four wins, gaining valuable experience in the grueling 2-3A conference.
“We set the school record in wins and we won multiple conference games for the first time. It's just been a slow process getting it built up,” said Rose. “We've got a lot of kids coming back but we are losing some key guys which we are going to have to work to replace in the off-season and that is what our focus is right now. We've got 18 or 19 starters back so we expect to be as good or better next year.”
Mayflower (5-5, 3-4) led 35-27 at halftime and never got up by more than two touchdowns until late in the fourth quarter when the Ramblers committed a turnover and the Eagles capitalized.
Junior quarterback Christian Reynolds completed 23-of-37 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, while rushing 19 times for 74 yards and two more scores.
Senior receiver Dillon Reesnes led the Ramblers' receiving corps with 15 receptions for 213 yards and four touchdowns, while senior receiver Spencer Starkey came down with four catches for 71 yards.
Junior Cole Robertson, who surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season along with Reynolds, ran for 79 yards on 16 carries.
Mayflower travels to Yellville-Summit for the first round of the playoffs.