Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lumberjacks Breeze To Round One Win

After thinking they had him down, Treylon Burks pulls away and heads downfiel.
The Warren Lumberjacks defeated the Jonesboro Westside Warriors 42-23 Friday night in round one of the 2016 class 4 playoffs.  The score may sound reasonable but the game was never close.
The Lumberjacks led 42-7 at the half and played second team players, including a good number of ninth graders, the entire second half, allowing Westside to score a couple times.  Due to the sportsmanship rule the clock ran almost continuously in the second half and the game was over at an early hour.  Warren dominated the game totally.

Captains Devonta Brown and Greyson Ashcraft meet the
opponents at midfield for the coin toss.

Warren won the toss and elected to receive.  It took less than a minute for the Jacks to score.  After coming out throwing, Byron Person ran in for a touchdown from ten yards with 11:05 remaining in the first quarter, and Sergio Yepes made the point after, and the Jacks jumped up 7-0.  Westside had a good return of the kickoff to midfield, but the Lumberjack defense stopped them at Warren's 40. With 9:07 left in the quarter, quarterback Hayden Lassiter hit Treylon Burks for a 47-yard touchdown pass, and Yepes made the score 14-0.  After Yepes kicked off into the end zone and a big hit by Keemontrae McKnight on defense, Westside punted to the Warren 42.  With 4:32  left in the first quarter, Hayden Lassiter scrambled for 11-yards and another Warren TD.  Yepes stayed perfect and the scoreboard read 21-0 Warren.  After another
Byron Person crosses into the endzone for a touchdown.
big hit by McKnight on the kickoff and big defensive plays by Wallace Smith and De'vonta Brown, Westside punted to the Lumberjack 22.  D'Shawn Jackson had a big run and then scored from the one yard line with 22 seconds left in the quarter.  The PAT was blocked leaving the score 27-0 in favor of the Lumberjacks.

With 10:35 remaining in the second quarter, Westside struck pay dirt.  After a long run, they scored on a 22-yard touchdown run after breaking several tackles. The successful point after left the score 27-7 in favor of the Lumberjacks.  Moments later Hayden Lassiter hit Keemontrae McKnight for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and Yepes made the extra point to put the Warren lead at 34-7.  With the Warren defense playing well, the Jacks got the ball again, and Lassiter threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cade Reep at the 1:31 mark of the second quarter.  Lassiter then ran in a
Quarterback Hayden Lassiter racks up
another touchdown for the Jacks.
two-point conversion, and Warren lead 42-7.  The Jacks got the ball back by recovering a fumble at the Westside 46 with thirty seconds left.  The fumble was recovered by De'vonta Brown.  Coach Hembree ordered Lassiter to take a knee and run out the clock.

The Lumberjacks kicked off to begin the second half with the clock running continuously.  J'malachi Kinnard intercepted a Westside pass at the Jonesboro 46 yard line.  With second teamers and ninth graders in the game, the teams traded possessions.  In the fourth quarter Westside scored on a 14- yard run and a two point conversion and again on a 40-yard run and another two point play.  Time ran out quickly and the game ended 42-23 in favor of the Lumberjacks.

Lassiter ran the ball four times for 50 yards and a touchdown.  He was 16 out of 23 passing for 286-yards and three touchdowns.  Several receivers had catches, with Braden Hargis making seven.  Hargis was named the Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union Player of the Game by
That Lumberjack offensive line protects their quarterback.

The Lumberjacks will now face old foe Stuttgart in round two of the playoffs on Friday, November 18th at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium.  Warren defeated Stuttgart in game two of the season at Stuttgart in a non-conference game.  It was a tough game and Stuttgart is a good team.  A big crowd is expected for the contest with the kickoff set for 7:00 P.M.
Lumberjacks prove to much for Jonesboro Westside to handle.

Treylon Burks works magic to keep from going down.

Braden Hargis drives hard for the Jacks.

Keemontrai McKnight - taking care of business

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