Chicks finish season on positive note
The Blytheville Chickasaws finished their season on a positive note and sent their seniors off with a 40-22 victory over the Forrest City Mustangs at Haley Field.
The Chickasaws took advantage of several Mustang turnovers on the night.
Blytheville got on the board first with a seven-yard pass from Chickasaw junior Jahiem Carter to Adonerous Johnson with 7:54 left in the first quarter. On the second Mustang drive and first play, Chickasaw senior Corey Chunn intercepted Mustang junior quarterback Randal Moore to give the Chickasaws back the ball.
Carter would then run for 17 yards to paydirt on the Chickasaws’ ensuing drive. Carter was intercepted while trying convert on the two-point conversion. The Chicks (3-7, 2-5 5A-East) would lead 12-0 with 7:21 left in the game.
Moore then completed a pass to Bobby Hardrick but after the catch Hardrick fumbled and the Chickasaws would retain possession. Chickasaw junior running back Jalen Gunby would carry Mustang defenders nine yards for the Chickasaws third touchdown in the first quarter. The Chickasaw two-point conversion was no good, giving the Chickasaws an 18-0 lead. On a deep pass by Moore, Chickasaw senior cornerback B.J. Holton stepped in front of and came away with an interception with 4:14 left in the first quarter of play.
The Mustang defense would then drop on a Carter fumble with 23.0 seconds left to go in the period. The Chickasaw defense would strike again, however, when Hadrick would get the ball knocked out of his hands after completing a pass and Chickasaw senior Kadren Hunt would pick it up and take it to the house to give the Chicks a 24-0 lead with 11:44 left in half. The two-point conversion was good to give the Chicks a 26-point lead. Forrest City drove deep into Chickasaw territory before Mustang senior receiver Josiah Gayles would slip and Chunn would intercept it for the Chickasaws’ third interception on the night. The Mustang defense held, however, and then Moore would get in from three-yards out to put the Mustangs on the board with three minutes left in the half. The two-point conversion was good after an Arthur Dale run.
Blytheville’s Jordan Coleman would end the half with a sack on Moore. The Chicks would take a 26-8 lead at the half.
The first Mustang drive of the second half would result in another Hardrick fumble and Chickasaw corner Roc Weaver would recover it and get some positive yards before being brought down. The Chickasaws, however, would fumble the ball on the drive. With 4:21 left in the third quarter Hunt would get in from five yards out to give the Chickasaws a 32-8 lead.
Deviunta’ Foster would get his first touchdown on the night with a 10-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left in the third. The Mustangs would trail 32-14. Nine plays later Hunt would run for a two-yard score and give the Chickasaws a 38-14 lead. The two-point conversion by Gunby was good to increase the Chickasaws lead to 26 points with 9:36 left in the game. Moore would drop back for a pass before deciding to run. However, fumbled the ball and Chickasaw lineman Tyler Gant scooped it and gained some positive yards. Foster would find the end zone again on another 10 -yard run and a three-yard pass from Moore to Hardrick would make the final score, 40-22.
“It’s a good night all-around for the seniors. I had seniors score touchdowns, get interceptions, make big plays on defense, so I’m glad they got to go out like that,” Chickasaws head coach Ben Fisher said. Fisher ended the night emotionally after saying his good-byes to many seniors on the team, including Division I lineman prospect Larry Clark and many others.
An emotional Fisher said, “It wasn’t the year we wanted obviously, but I’m proud of the way we came out and we had a fast start. Great job by these guys (seniors). I can’t say enough about the seniors tonight, because they are a big part of the reason… It was just awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better last game. So, not everybody gets to win the last game of the year and we got to.”
Fisher said the Mustangs played well, and his team was “lights out.”
“They played hard tonight. They gave us all they had,” Fisher added. “Just unfortunate that we weren’t playing for a lot other than for these seniors… They came out here and fought we just played lights out tonight.”