Quitman's Junior Bulldogs ripped Mountain Pine's Junior Red Devils 46-22 in their 5-2A Conference opener on Thursday night in Mountain Pine.
Zack Heffentrager set up Quitman's first touchdown with an interception, which led to a 61-yard touchdown run by duel-threat quarterback Trey McGhee.
McGhee found the end zone for two more points on the conversion, giving the Jr. Bulldogs an 8-0 lead with 3:43 left in the opening quarter.
Mountain Pine responded with a 6-play, 52-yard scoring drive and two-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8 with under a minute to play in the first quarter.
Quitman fired back, marching 60 yards in seven plays as McGhee carried the team on his back, leading the Junior Bulldogs into Jr. Red Devil territory with runs of 16, 11 and 13 yards.
McGhee capped the drive when he ran down a high snap and scrambled 38 yards for a touchdown then running back Eli Peck ran in the two-point conversion, pushing Quitman's lead to 16-8 with 5:21 left in the second quarter.
The Junior Red Devils answered again, this time on a 58-yard run by their wingback, plus they converted on the two-point try to tie the score at 16-16 with 4:47 remaining until halftime.
Quitman came right back, scoring for the third time in three chances as Dyllan Locke flipped the field with a 20-yard kickoff return to the Jr. Red Devil 45.
A holding penalty pushed the Jr. Bulldogs back, but they wouldn't be deterred as McGhee hooked up with Locke in stride for a 45-yard touchdown. McGhee completed the two-point conversion, boosting Quitman's lead to 24-16 with 2:43 left until intermission.
Quitman recovered a fumble on Mountain Pine's ensuing drive and took advantage when running back Nathaniel Henderson broke loose for an 18-yard touchdown run. Peck barreled into the end zone for two more points on the conversion, extending the Jr. Bulldogs' lead to 32-16 with 39.9 seconds left in the first half.
Heffentrager took over for McGhee at quarterback to start the second half and Quitman continued to have its way, driving 64 yards in four plays for a touchdown as Peck carried three times for a net of 34 yards, setting up a 32-yard touchdown run by Henderson. The two-point try failed, leaving the Jr. Bulldogs' lead at 38-16 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.
Mountain Pine countered with a quick strike touchdown, using two plays to reach the end zone while pulling within 16 at 38-22.
Quitman then put the game away with a 4-play drive highlighted by Peck, who ran over three defenders en route to a spectacular 56-yard touchdown run. Peck carried across the goal-line for two more points on the conversion as Quitman built a 46-22 lead with 2:35 remaining in the third quarter.
The Jr. Bulldogs relied on stout defense to close out the game.
Page 2 of 2 - McGhee finished the game with nine carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 2-of-6 passes for 56 yards and another score.
Henderson ran five times for 86 yards and two touchdowns, while Peck led the Jr. Bulldogs with 11 carries for 101 yards and one touchdown.
Locke led the receiving corps with two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Peck earned offensive player of the game for Quitman and Heffentrager was honored as defensive player of the game.
McGhee's 61-yard touchdown run was nominated as play of the game.
Quitman (2-0) hosts Class 5A Morrilton (2-0) in a matchup of unbeaten teams tonight at 7 p.m.