The Carlisle Bison opened 2A-6 conference play with a 44-8 win over the Palestine-Wheatley Patriots on Friday night.
Carlisle is now ranked third in Class 2A and undefeated at 4-0.
The Patriots took an 8-0 lead on a reverse pass with 10:44 left in the first quarter.
From there, Carlisle scored the final 44 points of the game.
Bo Weddle started the scoring with his first of five touchdowns with 5:38 left in the first quarter. He scored on a 1-yard run. The two-point conversion was no good as Palestine-Wheatley led 8-6 after one quarter.
Carlisle took a 14-8 lead with 9:02 left in the first half on a 1-yard run by Weddle, who also scored the two-point conversion.
Weddle’s third touchdown came with 5:20 left in the first half on a 5-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and the Bison led 20-8 at halftime.
Weddle scored twice in the third quarter. The first came on a 24-yard run with 9:17 left. Deron Ricks added the two-point conversion to make the score 28-8.
Weddle’s final touchdown came on a 3-yard run with 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Austin Reed threw to brother Braden for the two-point conversion.
Carlisle’s Chance Richards scored the Bison’s final touchdown on an 11-yard run with 6:29 left in the game. He also scored the two-point conversion to set the final score of 44-8.
Ricks led Carlisle with 212 yards rushing on 17 carries. Weddle had 145 yards on 24 carries.
Austin Reed completed 3 of 7 passes for 67 yards. Braden Reed caught all three passes.
“We had a real shaky start,” Carlisle coach Brandon Barbaree said. “We came out flat. It wasn’t so much that we came out and turned the ball over. We just came out, not really executing. You do get nervous in some games like this because they are catch games. Osceola was a tougher win in adverse conditions. We came into this game and I think we took some things for granted.”
Barbaree said his team wasn’t really sloppy.
“We didn’t finish blocks,” he said. “We didn’t do some things that we normally do. It showed in the first quarter. We played a little undisciplined on their third offensive play. That gave them some momentum and gave them some confidence. There is a bunch to work on this week.”
Carlisle hosts Clarendon on Friday. The Lions are 0-4 on the season, coming off a 44-14 loss to Des Arc in their conference opener.
Clarendon is coached by former Pulaski Academy quarterback Thomas Thrash.
“The films we have on them, they are improving,” Barbaree said of Clarendon. “They are obviously in the PA spread, which brings excitement to a town. It’s so hard to execute sometimes. They are getting better at it, obviously.
“We’ve got to take care of what we do and hopefully get better at what we do. Hopefully, that will take care of the game. That’s how we’ve got to think of it every week, no matter who we are playing.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Fred C. Hardke Field.