A massive third quarter propelled the Bald Knob Bulldogs to a 35-15 road victory over the Heber Springs Panthers on Friday night.
The first quarter started with Heber Springs marching down the field and getting points early. Quarterback Matthew Cook and running back Ricky Rubio was a difficult one-two punch for the Bulldogs to handle.
With 8:57 left in the first quarter, Cook ran the ball into the end zone from 2 yards out. Gus Hannah’s extra point was good and the Panthers had the early 7-0 lead.
That was the only points of the first half.
Both defenses had big plays throughout the first and second quarters.
Bald Knob did not attempt a punt in the first half and was 0 for 4 on fourth down attempts.
Running back and linebacker Josh Clark for the Bulldogs had an impressive first half with multiple runs and an interception in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs’ defense made another stand late in the second quarter when Michael Wingo intercepted a deep pass from Cook.
The Bulldogs moved the ball down the field and with two seconds left attempted a field goal at the end of the half. Marcus McGahee’s field goal was no good.
At the half, the score stood 7-0 for the Panthers.
The second half a different Bald Knob team came to the field.
“My kids did a great job just keeping with it,” Bald Knob head coach Lynn Garner said about the third quarter.
The Bulldogs scored on the last three possessions they had in the third quarter.
With 5:22 left in the third quarter, Wingo found the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and the game was tied 7-7.
The Panthers fumbled on their next possession and Bald Knob made them pay for the turnover,
Quarterback Leason Pierce found Wingo on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 3:20 left in the third quarter. McGahee’s extra point was good and the Bulldogs led 14-7.
“He [Wingo] knows football,” Garner said. “It’s great to watch a kid who is just a student of the game that he is able to take advantage of other teams.”
The Bulldogs rolled the dice and kicked an onside kick and it paid off. They had the ball in Panthers territory.
With 1:06 left in the third quarter, Pierce found running back Dane Lindsey for a 29-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good and the Bulldogs momentum rolled to a 20-7 lead.
The fourth quarter was much of the same.
With 10:46 left in the fourth quarter, Pierce found running back Josh Clark for a 38-yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs converted a two-point try to make the score 28-7.
Bald Knob was not done scoring.
With 4:27 left in the game, Clark found the end zone from 4 yards out on a run.
The extra point was good and the lead grew to 35-7.
Heber Springs found the end zone one last time with 28.4 left on a Jackson West touchdown run. The two-point conversion was good.