Playing the role of underdog in the Class 5A state playoffs, the Morrilton High School football team went toe-to-toe with the No. 2-ranked team in the state, but a late touchdown gave Camden Fairview a 28-21 win over the Devil Dogs in first round action Friday night. The Cardinals broke a 21-all tie on a touchdown with less than four minutes remaining. The Devil Dogs' chance to tie it ended when David Ford was sacked on fourth down at the Fairview 32-yard line. Ford finished with 190 yards passing and two touchdowns, including a 74-yard strike to sophomore Toney Hawkins that gave Morrilton an early 7-0 lead. Hawkins finished with a career-high 143 yards receiving on four catches. The Devil Dogs end their season with a final record of 6-5.
Paris Avery rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and his interception with two minutes remaining sent the Morrilton Devil Dogs into the Class 5-A state playoffs with a 20-17 win over Siloam Springs Friday night. Avery's interception was one of four turnovers created by the Devil Dog defense in the second half, the first of which was an interception by Warren Leapheart which the senior returned 52 yards for a touchdown on the Panthers' third play from scrimmage after halftime. The win improves Morrilton's record to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
The Morrilton Devil Dogs are now one win away from earning a berth in the Class 5A state football playoffs. The Devil Dogs got 169 rushing yards and three touchdowns from senior Paris Avery in a 42-20 Senior Night victory over Huntsville Friday night. Senior Warren Leapheart had five catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns to help Morrilton invoke the sportsmanship rule on its opponent for the fifth time in five wins. The Devil Dogs are now 5-4 overall, 3-3 in conference play. They're tied with Siloam Springs for fourth place in the conference, and a winner-take-all game against the Panthers will be played Friday night at Siloam Springs. The Panthers lost to Alma, 27-14, last week.
Sophomore Toney Hawkins caught two touchdown passes from David Ford and passed for a third as the Morrilton High School football team trounced Harrison, 42-7, Friday night. Hawkins finished the night with 93 yards on four receptions and threw a 39-yard scoring pass to Montrell Hood to give the Devil Dogs an early 14-0 lead. Hood was the leading receiver on the night with 104 yards on four catches. Paris Avery opened the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run on the Devil Dogs' third play from scrimmage and finished with 122 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. LaQuanta Canady had two interceptions on the night, the second of which he returned 68 yards on the final play of the first half to give the Devil Dogs a 35-0 lead and putting the sportsmanship rule in effect at the start of the third quarter. The win moves Morrilton to 4-4 overall, and 2-3 in 5A West conference play.
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Paris Avery rushed for a career-high 229 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries as the Morrilton High School football team dominated Vilonia in a 49-28 Homecoming win Friday night at Devil Dog Stadium. The senior, who got his first start of the season at tailback filling in for the injured Jamar Criswell, scored on runs of three, 40, and four yards in the first half as the Devil Dogs jumped to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Morrilton invoked the sportsmanship rule early in the third quarter, scoring after two Vilonia fumbles. Avery found the endzone three times in the second half, capping his spectacular night with a 15-yard touchdown run that gave the Dogs a 49-14 lead. Warren Leapheart caught a 33-yard pass from David Ford with 41 seconds let in the first half for the Devil Dogs' other touchdown.
The win was the first of the season in conference play for Morrilton, and improves their overall record to 3-4.