photo by KELLEY MITCHELL
Pointers Dylan Burnham (49) and Russell Davis (67) advance to Ramsey’s ball carrier during Thursday game at Blakemore Field. The Rams scored three times in a span of 1:58 to run away with 43-21 win.
photo by TAMMY HOBSON
The Mountainburg Dragon Flames welcome students from the elementary school to the gym for a pep rally Friday morning hosted by the dance team and the senior high cheerleaders. The Dragon Flames are coached by Amber Hopwood.
Alma and Mountainburg picked up another round of junior high wins, while the VBFA suffered another loss Thursday night.
The Van Buren Freshman Academy came out in the second half and cut Ramsey’s lead by one Thursday night at Blakemore Field.
Then the Rams scored three times over the next 1:58 to come away with the 43-21 River Valley Conference win.
A pair of big plays vaulted Ramsey to a 15-0 lead with 7:02 remaining in the first half.
The Pointers (1-6, 0-4) got on board after gaining good field position to start on the Rams 32. Four plays later, adn oafter a 27-yard run by quarterback Kyan Rose, Gage Bowlin punched it in for a 5-yard gain with 4:10 remaining in the second quarter.
Aside from the two big plays that gave the Rams the lead, the VBFA defense kept Ramsey (4-2, 3-1) in check and forced it to go three-and-out on four of its seven first-half possessions. That kept the Pointers close at the break, 15-7.
The Pointers utilized the opening drive to march down the field thanks to Bowlin’s three runs for 27 yards. Then Rose hit Noah Turman for a short pass, but Turman ran the rest of the way for a 43-yard touchdown and after the PAT, the Pointers were within one, 15-14, with 6:04 left in the third quarter.
Ramsey responded with a 64-yard touchdown run by Hunter Pendleton. Then, Ramsey recovered the ensuing kickoff on the Pointer 37. David Matthews hauled in a 27-yard pass for another touchdown and Ramsey extended its lead to 29-14.
Van Buren got the ball back, but on its first play, Ramsey defensive lineman Hunter Moreton stripped the ball away and ran 50 yards for the third score in a manner of 1:58 for Ramsey, which led 36-14 with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter.
The Ramsey added another touchdown on its next possession as Graves Schmidly finished with 8-of-13 passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns — all to Matthews, who finished with four catches for 146 yards. Matthews had a 75-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter.
VBFA’s final touchdown was a 23-yard pass from Rose to Quinton Cottrell.
Rose was 5-of-14 passing for 93 yards.
The Pointers travel to Alma (6-1, 3-1) next week.
Alma 20, Kimmons 7
Airedale quarterback Noah Dotson nearly combined for 300 yards of offense as Alma picked up its second straight win.
Dotson threw for 121 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 176 yards.
Defensively, Dotson also had two interceptions. Coach JD Coursey said that the defense played “great.”
Jacob Davis caught one 53-yard pass while Drake Pendergraft caught touchdown passes of 32 and 36 yards.
Mountainburg 28, Hackett 0
The Dragons improved to 6-1 with the win Thursday night in Hackett.
Elisha Vanourny caught two touchdown passes (31 and 12 yards) and finished with three catches for 65 yards.
Riley Dollard added a 45-yard run and Elijah Wilson had a 25-yard fumble return.
Quincy Pixley completed 10 of 17 passes for 123 yards and two scores. Dollard finished with five carries for 77 yards. Robert Roxin added 65 yards on six totes and he had three catches for 47 yards.