NORPHLET -— Conway Christian made a long trip to south Arkansas productive Friday night with a 44-28 non-conference victory over Norphlet.
The Eagles (5-3) matched an early Leopard touchdown and jumped to an 8-7 lead. Norphlet (1-7) regained the lead at 15-8 before CCS matched that and took a 16-15 lead.
"We took control of the game from there," said CCS coach Chuck Speer.
Adam Ragland led CCS with 143 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Bates Isom added 133 on six carries and a touchdown.
Mark Harris rushed for 78 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Kirby Powell rushed for 40 yards on three carries and a touchdown. He completed five of six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Jacobs.
Because of several lost fumbles, the Eagles had to hold off a late Norphlet surge.
"The game was closer than it looked because of our turnovers," Speer said. "We almost gave the game away. We got put in a position where we had to throw the ball when we didn’t want to.
"After the long road trip, we came out flat, but we fought back and got ourselves in good position, then we let them back in it and had to fight through it. I was proud of the way the kids fought through it."
The Eagles host Two Rivers next week in a game that should determine the No. 3 spot in the conference. League-leading Danville edged Two Rivers, 7-6, Friday.