ROSE BUD — The Mayflower Eagles will head into next Thursday’s showdown with a chance to take over the 2-3A Conference lead after defeating Rose Bud 42-27 Friday night.

But Eagles (3-3) coach Jed Davis hopes for a better all-around performance when Harding Academy comes to Mayflower.

"It felt good to get the win, but we didn’t play very well," Davis said. "The guys were kind of looking ahead to Harding Academy and kind of took Rose Bud for granted, and that showed."

But the Eagles were able to do enough to notch their third-straight conference win.

Demetris Lasker scored on runs of 55 and 27 yards in the first half before pulling a groin and having to sit out the second half. Jordan Dycus helped pick up the slack and scored on a 35-yard run and had touchdown passses of 55 and 40 yards to Chris Hale and Wesley Varnell, respectively.

Taylor Mathis added a 37-yard touchdown run.

Davis credited the play of Dycus to the win, helping Mayflower fight off a late charge from Rose Bud.

"We relied on him to carry us, and he did a good job," Davis said. "When (Lasker) got hurt, we needed someone to step up, and (Dycus) did that."

And getting the win made it better, especially since that’s been hard to come by for some of the players.

"This is a young team, and they haven’t had much success in the past," Davis said. "Hopefully, this is some momentum they can build on."

Next Thursday’s game at Patrick Stadium will be broadcast on KARZ (Conway Corp. channel 9). Lasker’s status for that game is questionable.