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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Eagles batter Bulldogs

  • Cutter Morning Star rolled up 417 rushing yards and forced five turnovers while battering Quitman 55-13 on Friday night in 5-2A Conference play at Cutter Morning Star.
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  • Cutter Morning Star rolled up 417 rushing yards and forced five turnovers while battering Quitman 55-13 on Friday night in 5-2A Conference play at Cutter Morning Star. The Eagles (4-1, 2-0), who finished with 473 yards of total offense, picked up 21 first downs on 41 plays. CMS jumped out to a quick 28-0 lead behind an interception returned for a touchdown and scoring runs of 44 and 16 yards by running back Austin Morphew. Early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs responded with a 5-play, 55-yard scoring strike aided by a 20-yard kickoff return by Trevor Williams. A fourth down facemask penalty set up Quitman with a first down in Eagle territory and the Bulldogs capitalized following running back Chris Milam's 10-yard run. On first down, quarterback Walker Johnson hooked up with Williams in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown and Johnson added the PAT, pulling Quitman within 21 at 28-7 with 9:15 left in the second quarter. The Eagles fired back with a 47-yard touchdown reception on their next snap, plus a two-point conversion to take a 36-7 lead. Quitman responded, covering 54 yards in eight plays after Williams returned the kickoff 19 yards into CMS territory. Nathaniel Reynolds pulled down a 3-yard reception, plus a facemask penalty that placed the ball at the Eagle 28. A holding penalty negated a catch by Williams and pushed the Bulldogs behind the chains but they recovered on fourth down when Johnson hit receiver Lake Davis for 21 yards to the Eagle 16. Four plays later Johnson connected with Williams from four yards out for a touchdown. The PAT failed, leaving the Eagles' lead at 36-13 with 5:48 left until halftime. The Bulldogs forced a turnover on downs but on fourth and 10 Morphew intercepted a pass and ran 55 yards down the right sideline, setting up another CMS score as the home team took a commanding 43-13 lead to intermission. Quitman drove deep into CMS territory before its drive stalled out and the Eagles placed the AAA's mercy-rule into effect by marching 65 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. Johnson, who was named The Sun-Times Offensive Player of the Week after the Bulldogs' loss to Bigelow, completed 25 of 51 passes for 250 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Williams was Johnson's primary target. The sophomore hauled in 10 catches for 108 yards and both of the Bulldogs' scores. Davis had five receptions for 83 yards and Reynolds added seven catches for 42 yards. Tyler Grantham paced Quitman's running game with six carries for 42 yards, while Chris Milam added 36 yards on 10 attempts. Defensively, Grantham intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs, while linebacker Jacoby Brown paced Quitman with 12 tackles, including a forced fumble and tackle for loss. Williams added six tackles, while linebacker Kyle Thompson and defensive lineman John David Ward each contributed five stops. The Bulldogs (1-4, 0-2) host Magnet Cove (3-1-1, 2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. The Panthers nipped Poyen 7-6 last week after opening 2-5A Conference play with a 35-19 win over Mount Ida. (Editor's note: Stats and information courtesy of Quitman Football Foundation's Dan Lichoff.)

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