Central Arkansas Christian will try to break a four-game conference losing streak Friday when the Mustangs travel to Lonoke.
It’s a tough task for CAC (2-5, 0-4) against the Jackrabbits (6-1, 3-1). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“Lonoke is very talented, as always,” CAC coach Tommy Shoemaker said. “They are playing well right now.”
The Jackrabbits knocked off Mills University Studies last week, 35-6. CAC fell to Mills three weeks ago, 60-16.
“They played real well last week against Mills,” Shoemaker said. “I was surprised at how easily they handled them. They’ve kind of got the ball rolling. We’ll certainly have our hands full.”
Lonoke’s sophomore quarterback, Bradon Allen, accounted for four touchdowns (runs of 6, 4 and 42 yards and a 39-yard pass) against Mills. He rushed 21 times for 154 yards as the Jackrabbits rolled up 353 yards of offense.
In a 49-34 loss to the Mustangs last year, the freshman Allen threw for 176 yards (completing 11 of 13) and two touchdowns and ran for 106 yards and another score.
“We’ve been on the good end of it the last two or three years,” Shoemaker said. “So it’s one of those things where we’ve just got to play well, and we can’t give up big plays on defense. And that’s going to be tough because they’re a big-play team on offense.”
Lonoke is tied with Southside for second in the 4A-2 behind Stuttgart, having lost only to the Southerners, 38-37, two weeks ago. The Jackrabbits will play host to Stuttgart for the inside track to a conference title next week.
The Mustangs lost to Southside Batesville last week, 59-19, giving up 480 yards on the ground.
CAC held a 7-6 lead after a 79-yard opening drive with Tyler Williams scoring on a two-yard run. Isaac Rine connected on the extra point.
The Southerners led by 36-13 at halftime after Rine returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score. He also scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
It’s been a tough stretch at Mustang Mountain.
“Our kids have been really resilient,” Shoemaker said. “We’re preparing every week, but we have not really talked about who we’re playing — more along the lines of, ‘Don’t let our circumstances dictate how we’re going to play and how we’re going to prepare.’ We just want to be the best we can be and see how that plays out on Friday.
“I’ve been really pleased with the kids’ attitudes and how they practice. Our seniors have done a really good job.”
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Sept. 3: Riverview 41, Central Arkansas Christian 7
Sept. 10: Central Arkansas Christian 55, Carlisle 46
Sept. 17: Central Arkansas Christian 35, Mayflower 34
Sept. 24: Clinton 50, Central Arkansas Christian 20
Oct. 1: Little Rock Mills 60, Central Arkansas Christian 16
Oct. 8: Heber Springs 47, Central Arkansas Christian 26
Friday, Oct. 15: Southside Batesville 59, Central Arkansas Christian 19
Friday, Oct. 22: Central Arkansas Christian at Lonoke
Friday, Oct. 29: Bald Knob at Central Arkansas Christian
Friday, Nov. 5: Central Arkansas Christian at Stuttgart
All games kickoff at 7 p.m. unless noted
4A-2 standingsSchool … Conf. … OverallStuttgart ... 4-0 ... 6-2Lonoke ... 3-1 ... 6-1Southside Batesville ... 3-1 ... 5-2Little Rock Mills ... 2-2 ... 5-2Heber Springs ...2-2 ... 3-3Clinton ... 2-2 ... 3-4Central Arkansas Christian ... 0-4 ... 2-5Bald Knob ... 0-4 ... 0-7
Gentry Miller, Arkansas State
Cole Shoemaker, Harding
Brandon Bishop, Henderson State
Jeremiah Wingfield, Ouachita Baptist
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