If it wasn’t for bad luck, Maumelle would have no luck at all.
The Hornets, now 1-4 on the season, are finally back at home this Friday night when Maumelle hosts Beebe in a 5A-Central game. It will also, fittingly enough, be Homecoming at the high school.
So, all in all, not the worst way to end a month on the road.
This is the first conference game for Beebe and the Badgers are 1-3 on the year.
At the halfway point in the season, Maumelle has had four agonizingly close losses as opponents have scored 142 points on the defense, while the Hornets offense has scored 138 points. When as a team, you’re averaging nearly 28 points a game, that should be enough, it just hasn’t.
Against Little Rock Christian last week, it was more of the same as the Warriors jumped out to a 16-3 lead at the half, only to watch Maumelle turn up the offense and quarterback Weston Pierce go four yards for the touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Maumelle then forced the punt and the offense was clicking.
Pierce found Hunter Specht for a 45 yard catch and run, then back-to-back runs got the ball to the 15 and in the red zone but Christian forced a fourth down, and then Pierce was sacked to end the drive.
Maumelle again forced the Warriors to punt and the Hornets got the ball back on the 13-yard line with 2:47 remaining and the game on the line.
Pierce immediately found Jordan Candler for a six-yard catch and then on 3rd and 4, Pierce hit Amarie Rogers for a 28-yard catch and run.
The Warriors defense stiffened and on 4th down, Pierce’s pass was tipped away by a defensive back to seal the win.
Little Rock Christian went 5-0 on the season with the win.
» Click here for Maumelle’s cumulative football stats
Play of the Game: Kicker John Bruchhagen made his third field goal in as many attempts with 9:35 remaining in the second quarter to give Maumelle its first points of the game. Bruchhagen, who also plays wide receiver, also made an extra-point and is now third on the team in total scoring with 29 points. Weston Pierce is second with 30, while receiver Roderick Watts leads the team with 36 points.
Player of the Game: Quarterback Weston Pierce was 10 of 25 for 167 yards passing in the game and also rushed for a touchdown. Pierce has now passed for 921 yards this season and looks to be on track for a 2,000 yard season.
What’s next: Maumelle (1-4) hosts Beebe (1-3) 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: Maumelle at Shreveport Byrd 24 Maumelle 21
Sept. 24: Little Rock Christian 16, Maumelle 10
Friday, Oct. 1: Beebe at Maumelle (Homecoming)
Friday, Oct. 8: Maumelle at Jacksonville
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, BOLD indicates 5A-Central conference game
5A-Central StandingsSchool … Conf. … OverallLittle Rock Christian ... 1-0 ... 5-0Pulaski Academy ... 1-0 ... 3-1White Hall ... 1-0 ... 4-1Maumelle ... 0-1 ... 1-4Jacksonville ... 0-1 ... 0-4Watson Chapel ... 0-1 ... 0-3Beebe ... 0-0 ... 1-3
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.