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Prep Football: Pirates, Dragons clinch league road games

Cedarville’s win at Danville gave the school its first 5-0 start in over 20 years since the program restarted, and the Dragons took care of business at Hartford.

The Pirates defeated Danville 46-19 in the 3A-4 contest.

The Little Johns took advantage of the Pirates’ road weariness and jumped to a 6-0 lead on a 73-yard drive.

“Danville is a pretty good team,” said coach Mark Shelton. “They did a good job lining up to stop the run, so we just threw the ball a lot.”

Corey Fincher added the first Cedarville score on a short run to make it 7-6 with 4:48 remaining in the first quarter, and the Pirates never looked back.

The Little Johns (2-3, 0-2) suffered two turnovers on their next consecutive possessions and Cedarville converted both into points. Senior quarterback Dylan Shelton completed his first of three touchdown passes, the first to Abraham Hernandez. Casey Sanders then returned an interception for another score. Shelton tossed the two-point conversion to Alex Cantrell and the Pirates led 21-6 at the 1:50 mark in the first quarter.

Shelton completed touchdown passes to Nick Turner and Cantrell, who also had two interceptions for the night.

Kendall Pittman added a 20-yard touchdown run for the Pirates.

The Pirates face Lamar (5-0, 2-0) for a key league showdown next week. Mansfield (2-3, 0-2) travels to Danville.

Mountainburg 60, Hartford 6

The Dragons kept Hartford’s offense out of the end zone all night.

Hartford’s only score came when the defense recovered a fumble on Mountainburg’s opening possession of the second and ran it back for a touchdown to cut the Dragons (3-2, 3-1) lead, 28-6.

However, it was all Mountainburg the duration of the game.

“Hartford had two really good athletes, they got hurt, and it kind of went south for them after that,” said Mountainburg coach Tom Harrell.

Dakota Hobson capped the night after he returned an interception for a score as the clock expired.

Harrell said that sophomore Samuel Copeland had three touchdowns and classmate Clayton Stephenson added another.

Senior Chris Nolen caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Josh Skattebo.

Mountainburg will play its fifth road game in six weeks when it travels to face Hector (5-0, 4-0). Hartford (1-3, 0-3) hosts J.C. Westside (1-4, 1-3).

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