Carlisle’s Bison got their first win of the football season last week, a 42-0 drubbing at Marvell-Elaine.
Mark Uhiren’s team (1-3, 1-1 in 6-2A play) will play host to Hazen (3-2, 3-0) on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Hornets lost non-conference games to Piggott, 24-14; and Barton, 40-24; but they’ve been spot-on in 6-2A play. They beat Clarendon, 52-22; McCrory in double overtime, 36-28; and Brinkley last week, 55-0.
Since a 14-win, conference-championship season in 2014, the Hornets slipped to eight wins in ‘15 and four in ‘16, including a 36-8 loss to Carlisle. It was Hazen’s worst season since going 3-6 in 2000. But the Hornets finished fifth in the league last year to earn their 10th consecutive trip to the playoffs, falling at Hampton, the eventual state champion, in the opening round, 53-8.
Hazen was picked to finish fourth in ‘17, according to Hooten’s Arkansas Football’s preseason poll of league coaches.
Seven starters returned on each side of the football for 2017. The Hornets run a Multiple offense and a 4-3 defensive scheme.
Last week at Marvell, the Bison went up 7-0 on Braiden Jenkins’ 10-yard pass to Houston Garrich and Ian Seidenschwarz’s PAT; 13-0 on Kaden Bray’s two-yard run; 19-0 on Devarius Allen’s three-yard run and 25-0 on Jenkins’ 12-yard throw to Dylan Nichols.
After a third-quarter safety, the Bison led by 27-0. Jasean Harper snagged an interception, returning it for a 42-yard score, and Allen scored the two-point conversion to give Carlisle a 35-0 lead. Bray’s 17-yard run, combined with another Seidenschwarz PAT, set the final score at 42-0.
Bray’s 69 yards on 11 carries and Jenkins’ three-of-four passing for 73 yards led the Bison offense, which accounted for 178 yards on the night. Garrich caught two passes for 61 yards. The Carlisle defense limited the Mustangs to negative-22 yards.