HARRISON — Greenbrier’s Panthers spooked the Harrison Golden Goblins early and often Friday night on the way to a 42-7, mercy-rule victory in their 5A-West opener.
The Panthers (4-0) scored 21 points in the second quarter on the way to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Greenbrier quarterback Neal Burcham completed 13 of 19 passes for 282 yards in four touchdowns while playing sparingly the second half. Scott Cavin caught four passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
"We big-played them early, but also got a little running game going; it fell off the second half because we had some sacks with some of the younger players," said Greenbrier coach Randy Tribble, whose Panthers had 419 yards of offense, 321 passing.
Austin Fischer, who rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, opened the scoring with a 60-yard run with 7:50 left in the first quarter. Almost three minutes later, Fischer caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Burcham.
With 6:53 left in the second quarter, Burcham and Cavin teamed to burn the Harrison defense with a 97-yard touchdown play.
Burcham passed 18 yards to Cavin for a 28-0 lead 5:21 left in the second quarter. Burcham connected with Fischer for a 29-yard TD pass with 2:15 left in the half.
Fischer scored on a 50-yard run with 8:47 left in the third quarter and Sam Burchfield kicked his fifth PAT.
The Goblins (1-3, 0-1) scored on a pass play with 50 seconds left.
The Panthers return home Friday night to take on Huntsville, which lost to Vilonia in its conference opener.