All the Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits needed was a wake-up call in their game with Southside Batesville last week at James B. Abraham Stadium.
The Junior Southerners took a 6-0 lead before Lonoke rolled with 41 consecutive points for a 41-6 conference win. Lonoke is now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in 4A-2 leave action.
"With homecoming going on, as coach, that’s what you’re always worried about," Lonoke coach Darrick Lowery said. "Give Southside credit. They took it right down the field on us. We had to answer back and we did."
Lonoke punted on its first possession. Southside then drove 64 yards in 10 plays. The Junior Southerners scored on a 3-yard run with 1:57 left in the first quarter to lead 6-0.
On the next play from scrimmage, Lonoke quarterback Logan Dozier ran 67 yards for a touchdown. Casey Martin kicked the extra point to give the Junior Jackrabbits a 7-6 lead.
Southside punted on its next possession. Again, on the next play from scrimmage, Dozier ran 60 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter. Martin kicked the extra point to make the score 14-6.
Lonoke pushed its lead to 20-6 on a 20-yard run by Martin with 4:07 left in the first half.
Lonoke scored a safety on Southside’s next possession as a snap sailed over the head of the quarterback and he was tackled in the end zone.
Dozier then returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown, making the score 28-6.
Lonoke’s fifth touchdown was scored by Caleb Horton on a 3-yard run with 33 seconds left in the half. Martin kicked the extra point to make the score 35-6.
Three plays later, Lonoke’s Dylan Smith returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown with 0.6 seconds left in the first half, making the score 41-6 and invoking the 35-point mercy rule with a running clock in the second half.
Dozier finished with 177 yards rushing on four carries. Isaac Toney had 24 yards on 4 carries.
Lonoke will host Pine Bluff Dollarway in a key conference game tonight at 7 o’clock at James B. Abraham Stadium.