MORRILTON, Ark. — A game that started slow between Arkansas High and Morrilton ended in fireworks.
The Razorbacks (7-0) knocked off the Devil Dogs (4-5), 20-14, Friday night in a Class 5A first-round playoff at Devil Dog Stadium on the campus of Morrilton High School.
"It was a good win for us," Arkansas High head coach Barry Norton said. "We knew coming in it was going to be a full fourth-quarter game. They have a really good defensive team. We knew we were going to have to run the ball and be able to stop the run to win the game."
Eric Flowers clinched the game for Arkansas High on a interception with 58 seconds left in the contest.
The Dogs' Jackson Moll scored his second touchdown of the game and the first score of the second half on a 2-yard dive with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter.
Moll finished with 28 carries for 112 and two scores.
Torie Blair led the Razorbacks rushing attack with 238 yards on 34 totes.
"We played well in our kicking game, getting the block punt was big for us," Norton said. "Right now, we just want to continue to be able to practice on Mondays. I'm extremely proud of our kids.
"It wasn't the prettiest win, but it's a win nonetheless."
Moll put the Dogs on the scoreboard after barreling into the end zone on a 5-yard run with 10:22 left before intermission.
Josh Gamble recovered a fumble for AHS on the Morrilton 36-yard line with 9:25 remaining in the quarter.
Both defenses caused problems for the offenses, whether it was pressure on the outside by Morrilton, or pressure through the tackles by the Razorbacks.
Arkansas High only gave up one pass to the Dogs for 5 yards in the first half, while the Hogs' Layton Lammers scored his second touchdown of the half on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 2:48 left before the half. Lammers scored two touchdowns, gaining 12 yards on three carries.
"We can't make mental mistakes this time of the year," Norton said. "We gave up 30 yards in penalties at the end of the game there and we just can't do that to get where we're trying to go. I was proud of our kids of how they battled through."
Lammers opened the scoring for the Hogs, diving for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter with 3:56 left in the period.
On the following Dog possession, the Razorbacks blocked the Morrilton punt and Flowers scooped up the fumble in the end zone for AHS for a touchdown with 3:05 showing in the second quarter.
The Hogs will travel to Wynne (11-0) on Friday. Wynne defeated Maumelle, 38-6, in its playoff game.