For Conway White’s Brandon Cox, scoring touchdowns come easy.
Cox ran for four touchdowns during the Kittens’ 27-18 win against Russellville East at John McConnell Stadium on Thursday.
Cox scored on runs of 27, 48, 68 and 80. Three of the touchdowns came after the intermission to help Conway White remain undefeated in the North division of the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference. The Kittens’ overall record stands at 6-1, and 4-0 in conference.
"The coaches just told me to just wait on my blocks at halftime. I did and they opened some great holes," Cox said. "We have a saying that if we play hard, then God will bless. We played hard and that’s what happened tonight."
Cox scored his first touchdown on a 27-yard run with 2:14 left to tie the game at 6 — a play after Delvin Dooley recovered a muffed punt. His second touchdown tied the game once again with 6:38 remaining in the third quarter. Connor Prout added the extra point kick to give Conway White its first lead at 13-12. Cox extended the Kittens’ lead by breaking free on a 68-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth. During the run, Cox started to his right then reversed his field before ending up in the left corner of the end zone. Prout’s kick gave Conway White a 20-12 lead. Cox’s final touchdown was the longest run of the night. His 80-yard run was definitely highlight reel material as the touchdown sealed the Whirlwinds fate.
"I thought the defense came out and played much more physical in the second half," Conway White coach Trent Mallett said. "They were just blowing up the line bringing five, six and seven. Russellville took it to us in the first half, and we didn’t get into the flow of the game. We have to bring our ‘A’ game in this conference every night. We can’t afford to make mistakes. Anybody can beat anybody. We have another tough game next week here against Russellville West. They were the only team to beat Searcy."
Carl Stuart’s Evan Wilson scored three touchdowns to lead the Kittens to a 26-6 win over Russellville East.
Wilson scored on runs of 37, 88 and 22 yards. Carl Stuart’s Kwan Tolbert also scored on an elusive run.
"We played hard the entire time," Carl Stuart coach Barry Lueders said. "Coach Boucher did a good job with our defensive line. He got them to understand to go out on the line instead of upfield."
The offense line opened the lanes for the running back during the win, which moved Carl Stuart’s overall record to 4-3. That unit consists of Jake Evans, Spencer Moore, Daniel Villarreal, Aaron Alexander and Jagger Barnett. The Kittens’ Sidney Moore also made a reception down to the Russellville 4 to set up one touchdown.
Michael Parnell, Cortez Akins, Jesus Lopez, Andre Willard and Demontrez Franklin kept everything in front of them and hardly let anybody get into the secondary.