De QUEEN, Ark. — The game was put away early.
Arkansas High scored 35 points in the first quarter and rolled past De Queen, 45-6, in a Conference 5A-South football game Friday night at Leopard Stadium.
"I thought the kids did a really good job tonight," Razorback head coach Barry Norton said. "We got a turnover on the opening kickoff and that started it off. We got some explosive plays. When we get explosive plays and win the turnover battle, we tend to win."
The Razorbacks (6-3 overall, 5-2 in conference) will enter the state playoff as the No. 2 seed from the South behind champion Hot Springs Lakeside (6-1 conference).
Arkansas High will host Maumelle (8-2), the third-place finisher from 5A-Central, in next Friday's opening round of the state playoffs.
The Razorbacks tied with Magnolia and Camden Fairview at 5-2 in conference, but the Hogs defeated both those teams to earn the No. 2 seed. Magnolia beat Camden Fairview to claim the No. 3 spot.
Arkansas High had a first quarter for the ages as it scored 35 points against the winless Leopards (0-10, 0-7).
Blair broke free and scored from 20 yards out to give the Hogs an early 7-0 lead. After a Leopard three-and-out, Blair turned on the jets and found the end zone on a 45-yard punt return.
Blair got the hat trick with 6:55 left in the opening quarter on a 4-yard TD run to put Arkansas High up 21-0.
Braylon Bishop got involved as he rushed 52 yards to give the Hogs a commanding 28-0 lead.
With 24 ticks left in the first quarter, Bishop broke a tackle and cut to his right to make it 35-0.
Christian Stewart split the uprights on a 28-yard field goal with 9:24 to go in the second period as the Hogs went up 38-0.
Blair racked up 62 yards rushing on just four totes in the first half, while Bishop had 86 yards on four carries.
The clock ran without stopping in the second half—mercy rule.
Layton Lammers found Naijah Taylor on a 22-yard pass to pad the Hogs' lead, 45-0, with 5:55 left in the third.
Jesus Camacho scored a TD from 12 yards out for De Queen with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter.