By PRESTON TOLLIVER
SPECIAL TO THE LOG CABIN
MAYFLOWER — Arkansas Baptist disappointed Mayflower on its Senior Night, as the visiting Eagles took a 49-7 victory Friday night at Patrick Stadium.
Arkansas Baptist took advantage of four Mayflower turnovers en route to the win.
"Turnovers has been our Achilles heel all year," Eagles coach Jed Davis said.
Now at stake is a Class 3A playoff berth, as Mayflower (3-6, 2-4) closes out the season at Little Rock Episcopal. The winner of the season finale will most likely earn a postseason berth as the fifth seed from the 2-3A Conference.
Despite the lopsided score, Mayflower actually led in the game. That came when Taylor Mathis scored on a 3-yard touchdown run at the 10:15 mark in the second quarter. Matthew Post’s PAT gave Mayflower a 7-6 lead.
That lead, however, was short-lived, as Arkansas Baptist scored on the ensuing possession — an 8-yard pass from Riley Perkins to Dakota Newkirk witth 7:13 left in the half before adding a 2-point conversion.
Arkansas Baptist led 21-7 at halftime.
"We played really well in the first half," Davis said. "That first half, I was really, really pleased with our defense."
Arkansas Baptist continued its scoring in the second half, scoring four more touchdowns by the end of the game and holding Mayflower scoreless for the remainder of the game.
"Coming into the second half, they did a few things offensively we hadn’t seen on film," Davis said. "They took us by surprise."
Mayflower appeared to be on the verge of scoring in the second half. However, Carson Pate fumbled after being pressured by the Arkansas Baptist defense at the Mayflower 36. Arkansas Baptist scored a couple plays later to invoke the mercy rule at the 3:30 mark in the third.
"We thought we were going in to score and then we turned the ball over," Davis said. "We kind of let the wind out of our sails."
Mayflower heads into next Friday’s game one game ahead of Episcopal in a must-win situation.