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Bison rout Red Devils, prepare for Seminoles

Bison coach Brandon Barbaree talks to players Jacob Jones, Justice Bryant and Bo Weddle during their season-opening win over McCrory. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Bison coach Brandon Barbaree talks to players Jacob Jones, Justice Bryant and Bo Weddle during their season-opening win over McCrory. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Carlisle Bison scored early and often in beating Mountain Pine 46-7 on Friday night at Mountain Pine.

The Bison rushed for 348 yards on only 16 carries.

Justice Bryant led the way with 74 yards on three carries. Chance Richards had 68 yards on five carries. Bo Weddle rushed for 63 yards on his only carry. Deron Ricks had 59 yards on two carries.

The Bison were 2 for 2 passing. Austin Reed completed his only pass to his brother Braden. Chase Brazeal completed his only attempt to Nick Schafer.

Carlisle took a 7-0 lead when Weddle scored on a 63-yard run with 9:27 left in the first quarter. Ricks kicked the extra point, his first of the season.

Ricks then scored on a 53-yard run with 3:59 left to make the score 13-0.

Bryant scored the Bison’s third touchdown on a 1-yard run with 10:51 left in the second quarter. Ricks’ extra point pushed the Bison’s lead to 20-0.

The Bison led 26-0 at halftime when Austin Reed threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Braden Reed with 4:29 left in the first half.

Carlisle scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Jacob Jones scored on a 1-yard run with 8:39 left. Ricks kicked the extra point. Landon Sage scored on a 3-yard run with 4:26 left. Ricks kicked the extra point.

Carlisle’s final touchdown came on a 45-yard run by Richards with 10:50 left in the game.

Mountain Pine scored its only points on a 3-yard run on the game’s final play.

Carlisle coach Brandon Barbaree said the Red Devils had only 14 players during Friday’s game.

“We were able to run 16 offensive plays and put 46 points on the board,” he said. “It was about what we expected. I hate that for a storied program like Mountain Pine. I have much respect for their coaches and what they have done in the past.”

Carlisle (2-0) will step up its competition this week when they host Class 3A Osceola at Fred C. Hardke Field. The Seminoles are 1-1 after beating Blytheville 40-22 in Week 1 then falling to Gosnell 27-14 last week.

“They are really big, tremendously athletic,” Barbaree said of Osceola. “They were last year as well.”

Carlisle won 22-18 at Osceola a year ago.

Barbaree said the Seminoles have a transfer quarterback from Kennett, Mo., who is a “heck of an athlete.”

He is referring to Harold Weedon, who threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the Seminoles’ win over Blytheville in the season opener.

“They will spread us out and we will have to be aware of his legs as he is dropping back to pass … we will have to be aware of that,” Barbaree said.

Osceola’s best rusher is a transfer from Nettleton — Ashton Nalls, who rushed for 202 yards against Blytheville.

“Those two are tremendous athletes but they have speed all over the field,” Barbaree said. “Any time a team is fast, and they are faster than us, you have to worry about multiple people on the field at all times.”

Barbaree said playing Osceola will help prepare his team for conference play, which starts next week at Palestine-Wheatley.

“I think it did last year,” he said. “Hopefully, playing Dumas early on in the scrimmage and McCrory had a little speed, we will be prepared for a faster team.

“It should be a highly-competitive game. Hopefully, we will be able to outlast them and keep fighting and see where we can go from there.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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