HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Arkansas High remained unbeaten.
The Razorbacks went on the road and defeated Hot Springs Lakeside, 21-14, on its Homecoming Night.
"We're getting better," said Razorback head coach Barry Norton. "What you've gotta do in this game is be hot going into the playoffs. If you can get hot going into the playoffs, then you have a fighting chance."
Arkansas High recovered a fumble with less than two minutes left in the game to snuff out Lakeside's hopes of a final drive to reclaim or tie for the lead.
The Razorbacks trailed the entire game until 4:57 in the third quarter when Torie Blair plunged in from the 1-yard line to give Arkansas High the lead for good at 21-14.
Blair led the Razorbacks with 205 yards on 25 carries.
Razorback quarterback Braylon Bishop added the 15 totes of his own for 94 yards and two rushing TDs.
Bishop was less successful through the air, with the Rams holding the Razorbacks to 8 total yards passing.
"Here's the thing," coach Norton said. "We're not throwing and catching the ball well. You can't say, 'That's the quarterback, or its the receiver.' It's all of us."
In the opening half the Razorbacks ran the ball 19 times for 112 yards, including one touchdown. Arkansas High ended the game with 40 carries for 199 yards, 95 yards more than Lakeside.
While the Rams produced far fewer yards on the ground, they surpassed Arkansas High through the air with 8 completed passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
In the second half, the Hogs were able to slow down the Rams' passing game, limiting them to just 10 passing yards.
Lakeside was the first team to score in the opening frame, a 9-yard pass to Brock Garner from Will Ross. Rams ahead 7-0.
The Hogs were able to respond on their following drive; marching 91 yards to score on a 1-yard keeper by Bishop to tie the game at 7-all.
After a big kickoff return, the Rams scored on the first play of the drive with a 30-yard hook up between Ross and Logan White to give Lakeside a 14-7 edge going into halftime.
White led Lakeside receivers with three catches for 48 yards.
Isaac Echols paced the Rams' rushing with 60 yards on 25 carries.
"I've got to do a better job coaching the passing game," coach Norton said. "I told the kids tonight, 'It's my fault and I'll fix it.' It's gonna take some work."
After halftime, Arkansas came out and knotted the game at 14 when Blair cracked over from the 1-yard line. The Rams threw an interception on the first play of the next drive, which ended with Bishop darting in from the 1 to take the lead, 21-14.
In the final frame, the ball changed hands five different times without a score change, the last time being the fumble that gave the ball back to the Razorbacks with 1:44 remaining to play.
Arkansas has a bye week next and will host Hot Springs the following Friday night.