DES ARC — The Carlisle Bison took a major step toward securing a home playoff game with a 49-6 win over the Des Arc Eagles on Friday.
Carlisle (7-1) will play the England Lions this Friday. The winner will earn the second seed in the playoffs from the 2A-6 conference and host a playoff game Nov. 9
"It’s a big game for both teams," Carlisle coach Scott Waymire said. "The winner gets to play at home next week. That should mean a lot for our seniors, getting a chance to play in front of your home crowd at least one more time."
Waymire said it’s a rivalry game as the Bison have won six consecutive over the Lions.
"It’s like Hazen and Des Arc … beating us can complete their season," Waymire said of the Lions, who are 7-2 on the season. "We know it’s important for our kids to get a chance to play at home. We’ve got to keep executing, playing well because we know the next season is just around the corner."
In the win over Des Arc, Carlisle took an 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Chris Hart threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Austin Reed. Deron Ricks added the two-point conversion.
Carlisle’s Josh Mathis then recovered a Des Arc fumble. That led to Ricks scoring on a 3-yard run with 6:44 left in the first quarter. Justice Bryant added the two-point conversion to give the Bison a 16-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Ricks scored on a 7-yard run. The extra point failed, leaving the Bison ahead at 22-0.
The Bison scored another first quarter touchdown on a 60-yard run by Bryant with a minute to play. Ricks kicked the extra point to give Carlisle a 29-0 lead.
Carlisle scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 42-0 at halftime. Ricks scored on a 19-yard run with 9:35 left. Hart then threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to his first cousin Cory with 2:04 left. Ricks kicked the extra point.
Des Arc’s lone score came on a 36-yard run with 11:55 left int he game. The Bison added another touchdown on a 1-yard run by Jordan Sheets with 2 minutes left. Ricks kicked the extra point.
The Bison finished with 230 yards rushing on 30 carries. Ricks led Carlisle with 72 yards on 11 carries. Bryant had 63 yards on five carries. Clinton Hampton had 39 yards on four carries.
Chris Hart completed 7 of 11 passes for 142 yards. Austin Reed caught two passes while Braden Reed, Ricks, Mathis, Bryant and Cory Hart each caught one pass.
Des Arc had 132 yards rushing on 39 carries. They completed no passes but Braden Reed had an interception for the Bison on the final play of the first half.
Waymire said his team executed well against the Eagles.
"We caused a couple of turnovers, executed well, converted a couple of third and longs," Waymire said. "I was pleased with that."
One thing the Bison didn’t do is commit a penalty.
"Penalties have killed us," Waymire said.
He said he hopes his team is peaking.
"Right now is the time you want to be playing good football," Waymire said. "We played good football Friday night. Des Arc has been a little banged up. The good thing for us is that we executed."
Carlisle’s game with England starts at 7 p.m. at Fred C. Hardke Field.
Junior Eagles 30, Junior Bison 0
The Des Arc Junior Eagles ended Carlisle’s season with a 30-0 win last week at Fred C. Hardke Field.
Carlisle ends its season at 2-7.
Des Arc scored 16 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second quarter.
The Junior Eagles rushed for 222 yards on 30 carries. They completed 3 of 5 passes for 42 yards.
Carlisle had 76 yards rushing on 26 carries.
Clay Parker led the way with 33 yards on seven carries. Tyler Sanders and Ben Wilson each rushed for 16 yards.