Football: Maumelle cruises past Watson Chapel, playoffs are next

With Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman in the stands, it was a good time for Maumelle to put together its most complete game of the season in a 56-6 rout of winless Watson Chapel.

Arkansas coach Sam Pittman and Maumelle coach Kirk Horton on Friday afternoon before the Hornets played Watson Chapel.

Pittman was on hand for the game as Maumelle has not one but two Arkansas football commits on the roster this season in offensive lineman Andrew Chamblee and defensive lineman Nico Davillier.

With the win, Maumelle improved to 4-6 on the season and 3-2 in 5A-Central play. With the regular season complete for the Hornets, Maumelle is assured of the No. 4 seed from the conference and will face the winner of Greenbrier and Vilonia in the first round of the playoffs that begin on Friday, Nov. 12.

Both Greenbrier and Vilonia are undefeated on the season and the winner will be the 5A-West champ and host Maumelle.

If it is VIlonia, it will be a familiar opponent for Maumelle as the Hornets lost to them on Sept. 10. 34-32.

The brackets can be viewed by clicking here.

Against Watson Chapel, Maumelle raced out to a 42-6 lead at the half and the second half was played under the state’s mercy rule.

As for the game, it was Jessie Knight's night.

The running back rushed for 201 yards on 15 carries, an eye-popping 13.4 yards a carry average, and two touchdowns.

Knight also had four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. He also played safety and snagged an interception on defense, that he returned 24 yards.

That return gave Knight 301 yards of all-purpose offense, which is pretty, pretty good.

As a team, Maumelle finished with 391 yards of offense.

Scoring plays were a four yard rush from Knight with 9:19 remaining in the first quarter. Followed by Knight’s receiving touchdown of 31 yards on a pass from quarterback Weston Pierce with 7:46 left in the first quarter. Maumelle’s Jordan Candler rushed in from 15 yards out with 2:12 remaining but the Hornets, and Knight, weren’t done as he dazzled on a 50 yard run with 42 seconds to make it 28-0, after a John Bruchhagen kick.

The second quarter saw a Jason Crawford seven yard touchdown with 5:50 left and then Pierce went in from two yards out with 1:32 left and that activated the mercy rule for the second half.

In the third quarter, it was Jordan Harrison who rushed in from one yard and on the first drive of the fourth quarter, Jaden Worsham rushed for a 40-yard score with 10:55 left.

Bruchhagen was eight of eight on extra points in the win.

Maumelle scored in the first quarter when quarterback Weston Piece hit a familiar target in Roderick Watts for a 30-yard catch and run for a touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed.

Maumelle 56, Watson Chapel 6 | Game Sketch

  • Player of the Game: This one is easy, Jessie Knight. Three touchdowns and 301 yards of all-purpose offense.

  • Play of the Game: Knight had several gems but the 50 yard run in the second quarter was dazzling.

  • What’s next: Maumelle (4-6) has this Friday and will play at the winner of Greenbrier-Vilonia in the first round of the 5A playoffs on Friday, Nov. 12.

Paid subscriptions make this reporting possible

Subscribe if you like, pay if you can

Maumelle football schedule

  • 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

  • Oct. 15: Pulaski Academy 42, Maumelle 14

  • Oct. 22: Maumelle at White Hall 45, Maumelle 12

  • Friday, Oct. 29: Maumelle 56, Watson Chapel 6

5A-Central Standings

School … Conf. … Overall
Pulaski Academy ... 5-0 ... 8-1
White Hall ... 4-1 ... 7-2
Little Rock Christian ... 3-2 ... 7-2
Maumelle ... 3-3 ... 4-6
Beebe ... 2-3 ... 3-6
Jacksonville ... 1-4 ... 1-7
Watson Chapel ... 0-5 ... 0-8

Click #HighSchoolHornets for the current roster

#CollegeHornets

#ProHornets

  • 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 Action

Sports streamer Natural State Sports will have a Coach’s show with Kirk Horton, broadcasting live from American Pie Pizza at 7 p.m., Tuesday night. 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.