The Lonoke Jackrabbits had little trouble handling the Clinton Yellowjackets in a 55-28 thrashing Friday night in the regular-season finale at James B. Abraham Stadium.
Lonoke (6-4, 4-3 4A-2) had over 300 yards of offense in the first half while taking a 35-14 lead at the break. Most of those yards came from tailback Eric Williams and quarterback D.J. Burton.
Williams took a hard hit in the stomach early in the game and got sick on the field. Maybe that somehow helped the senior, as he ran 14 times for 174 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.
Clinton’s (2-8, 1-6) first play of the game turned into a 75-yard touchdown run by Stephen Sappington for a quick 7-0 lead just seconds into the contest.
"We did a really good job on offense, and after that first play, settled down and played some good defense," said Lonoke coach Doug Bost. "Their offense is so hard to simulate in practice with the short splits and different motions they use."
Lonoke responded with a 10-play, 51-yard scoring drive that would be their longest of the night. Williams ended the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run, his first of five scores in the game. He would finish the night rushing 16 times for 205 yards and five touchdowns.
Williams had touchdown runs of 7, 69, 17, 57 and 12 yards. A touchdown pass by Clinton 19 seconds before halftime was answered on the next play by Williams’ 57-yarder.
Burton also went over the century mark, rushing 10 times for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Burton had 83 yards in the first half, including a 62-yard touchdown.
Williams’ fifth score, followed by a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown by Dra Offord put Lonoke ahead 55-14 early in the third quarter, setting the clock running the rest of the game.
Lonoke will be traveling to Warren this weekend to take on the Lumberjacks in a Class 4A first round playoff battle.
"Warren’s a good team, they always are," Bost said. "They like to throw the ball all over the field and are good at it. I think the battles we’ve been in in this conference will have us ready for anybody. When you’re playing competition like Dollarway and Stuttgart, then you’ve seen some great teams already."
Game time at Warren is 7 p.m.