It wasn't exciting but a win is a win and North Little Rock will take it as they beat Fayetteville, 14-7, on the road to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Fayetteville, expected to be one of the better teams in 7A, is now 1-2 on the year.
North Little Rock was, again, led by junior quarterback Malachi Gober who threw for 92 yards and a touchdown. Running back Torrance Moore was again North Little Rock's leading rusher with 85 yards on 25 carries and also had a touchdown reception.
As a team, North Little Rock finished with 222 yards of total offense but were penalized 15 times for 142 yards.
Key to the North Little Rock effort was fourth down attempts where the 'Cats were successful three times on four tries plus some salty defense from defensive backs Jaylen Pettus, above, and Josh Thrower, who both had interceptions in the win.
North Little Rock now travels to West Memphis this Friday. The Blue Devils are 1-1 on the season and had last week off. The last outing was a 35-13 loss to Wynne.
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Play of the game: Senior defensive back Josh Thrower returned an interception 47 yards for the touchdown with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter to score the first touchdown of the game. It was the second of back-to-back interceptions as on the previous series, North Little Rock's Malachi Gober was picked off.
Player of the game: North Little Rock put the game away when Malachi Gober found Torrance Moore in the flat and the running back did the rest as he rumbled 17 yards for the second and final touchdown of the night for the 'Cats with just :18 seconds remaining in the quarter.
What’s next: North Little Rock (2-0) travels to West Memphis (1-1) this Friday.
Aug. 27: North Little Rock 38, El Dorado 28 (Scrimmage)
Sept. 3: North Little Rock 58, Springdale Har-Ber 28
Sept. 10: North Little Rock 14, Fayetteville 7
Friday, Sept. 17: North Little Rock at West Memphis
Friday, Sept. 24: North Little Rock at Little Rock Central
Friday, Oct. 1: Conway at North Little Rock
Friday, Oct. 8: North Little Rock at Little Rock Southwest
Friday, Oct. 15: Little Rock Catholic at North Little Rock
Friday, Oct. 22: Fort Smith Northside at North Little Rock
Friday, Oct. 29: North Little Rock at Bryant
Friday, Nov. 5: North Little Rock at Cabot
All games kickoff at 7 p.m. unless noted
7A-Central standingsCabot ... 3-0Bryant ... 2-0Fort Smith Northside ... 2-0North Little Rock ... 2-0Conway ... 2-1Little Rock Catholic ... 0-2Little Rock Central ... 0-3Little Rock Southwest ... 0-3
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Tobias Enlow, Central Arkansas
Dwain Hunt, Central Arkansas
Jaden Salley, Central Arkansas
Dennis Carroll, Harding
Frederick O’Donald, Henderson State
Jordan Owens, Henderson State
Mason Carlan, Air Force
Slayten Clark, Dodge City Community College (Kansas)
Chris Jefferson, Dodge City Community College (Kansas)
Damon Ball, Jackson State University
Drew Martin, Memphis
Brandon Thomas, Memphis
Tony Collier, New Mexico
Oscar Addaway, North Texas State
David Chapple, North Texas State
Kareame Cotton, Northwestern State
Jaylon Glosson, Northwestern State
Erin Smith, SMU
K.J. Hill, L.A. Chargers
Martrell Spaight, Mass. Pirates (Indoor football league)
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