Maumelle had its best offensive showing of the year last week against Jacksonville in a 49-15 and the Hornets will need to keep the touchdowns flowing as defending state champ Pulaski Academy comes to town this week.
The win at Jacksonville essentially puts Maumelle in the playoffs that begin on Nov. 12.
The Hornets are tied for third place with White Hall, while PA leads the 5A-Central, with Little Rock Christian in at No. 2.
But the next three games, starting with PA, will determine playoff seeding. The top two teams start at home, while the No. 3 and 4 seeds travel. This year, the Central is matched up with the West and as it stands now, the top two teams in that league are Greenbrier and Vilonia. Both are currently undefeated and the annual Faulkner County Battle won’t be until Nov. 5 when the teams meet up.
The brackets can be viewed by clicking here.
At Jacksonville, Maumelle dominated all phases of the game, scoring touchdowns on the ground, through the air and on special teams, plus played suffocating defense that shut Jacksonville out in the second half.
The first touchdown came when Jessie Knight scampered in from 15 yards with 9:38 remaining in the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter the now familiar combination of Weston Pierce to Roderick Watts showed up as Pierce hit Watts for a 38-yard touchdown and that was followed by Pierce finding Hunter Specht for a 31 yard catch and run for the score with 9:29 remaining in the second quarter.
The third quarter was more of the same as Jason Crawford scored from three yards out and on the first play of the fourth quarter, Pierce hit John Bruchhagen for 16 yards and the touchdown.
It was a good night for Bruchhagen, who, in addition to the receiving touchdown, was seven of seven on extra point attempts.
Maumelle added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter when Jordan Candler scored from seven yards out and the last was when Crawford returned a punt 52 yards for the touchdown with 4:34 remaining in the game.
It was Crawford’s second touchdown of the game in a balanced effort that saw six Hornets score against Jacksonville.
» Click here for Maumelle’s cumulative football stats
Player of the Game: Quarterback Weston Pierce passed for 207 yards and three touchdowns in his best individual showing this season. Pierce has now passed for 1,310 yards and 14 touchdowns in seven gamess.
Play of the Game: Jason Crawford’s waterbugged through the Jacksonville punting team, zigging and zagging for 52 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was Crawford’s second touchdown of the game, as he had rushed for one earlier.
What’s next: Maumelle (3-4) hosts Pulaski Academy (5-1) at 7 p.m. this Friday
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Friday: Maumelle 21, Ozark 7 (Scrimmage)
Aug. 26: Maumelle 31, Sylvan Hills 21
Sept. 3: Robinson 47, Maumelle 44 (OT)
Sept. 10: Vilonia 34, Maumelle 32
Sept. 16: Shreveport Byrd 24, Maumelle 21
Sept. 24: Little Rock Christian 16, Maumelle 10
Oct. 1: Maumelle 35, Beebe 17
Oct. 8: Maumelle 49, Jacksonville 15
Friday, Oct. 15: Pulaski Academy at Maumelle
Friday, Oct. 22: Maumelle at White Hall
Friday, Oct. 29: Watson Chapel at Maumelle
All games kickoff at 7 p.m. unless noted
5A-Central StandingsSchool … Conf. … OverallPulaski Academy ... 2-0 ... 5-1Little Rock Christian ... 2-1 ... 6-1Maumelle ... 2-1 ... 3-4White Hall ... 2-1 ... 5-2Jacksonville ... 1-2 ... 1-5Beebe ... 0-2 ... 1-5Watson Chapel ... 0-2 ... 0-5
Dashaire Ford-Burton, Southern Arkansas
Nathan Juhl, Arkansas Monticello
Charles McRae, Arkansas State
Houston Motes, Arkansas Tech
Jonathan Reyes, Iowa Wesleyan
Zyon Slade, College of the Canyons, a junior college in California
Kendall Donnerson, was cut by Carolina Panthers on Aug. 24 and has yet to sign with a new team.
Have any additions to this list? Email us at Arkansas@substack.com
Watch Horton in ActionSports streamer Natural State Sports will have a Coach’s show with Kirk Horton, broadcasting live from American Pie Pizza at 7 p.m., tonight. The show will be weekly and should be every following Tuesday at 7 p.m. until the season is over.Natural State Sports will also be streaming Maumelle football games this season and the YouTube channel can be found by clicking here.
Sports streamer Natural State Sports will have a Coach’s show with Kirk Horton, broadcasting live from American Pie Pizza at 7 p.m., tonight. The show will be weekly and should be every following Tuesday at 7 p.m. until the season is over.
Natural State Sports will also be streaming Maumelle football games this season and the YouTube channel can be found by clicking here.
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