For the first time since 2009, the Lonoke Jackrabbits have won a playoff game.
Lonoke scored early and often in beating the Pocahontas Redskins 49-7 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs Friday at James B. Abraham Stadium. With the win, Lonoke (9-2) will host the Maumelle Hornets in the second round this Friday.
In Friday’s win over Pocahontas, Lonoke led 21-0 after the first quarter. Josh Coleman scored on a 35-yard run with 7:16 left. Jose Garcia kicked his first of seven extra points. The touchdown was set up by an interception by Blake Mack.
Lonoke pushed its lead to 14-0 when Kody Smith threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Mack with 5:17 left. Smith then scored on a 63-yard run with 1:01 left.
Pocahontas’ lone touchdown came on the first play of the second quarter. Eric Wolf scored on a 7-yard run. The Redskins kicked the extra point to make the score 21-7.
The Jackrabbits scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 35-7 at halftime.
Mack scored on a 15-yard run with 3:58 left.
Lonoke’s next score was set up by an interception from Caleb Bailey. Smith threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nick Watson with 32.8 seconds left.
The Jackrabbits added two second half touchdowns to account for the final score.
Smith threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Mack with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
Deven Moseley scored on a 10-yard run with seven minutes left in the game.
Lonoke coach Doug Bost said he was proud of his team.
“We had a great week of practice last week and came out executed for four quarters,” Bost said. “We even got the backups in and they got a score. They played well too.”
Smith completed 11 of 17 passes for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Mack caught 8 passes for 215 yards. Watson caught 2 balls for 46 yards.
Coleman rushed for 108 yards on 10 carries. Smith had 84 yards on 6 carries.
Ethan Holland and Chandler Elmore led Lonoke with 8 tackles each. Bailey had seven. Jay Pitts and Cedric Cooney had five tackles each. Dylan Goforth and Mack had four tackles each.
Lonoke’s second round opponent, Maumelle, knocked off defending state champion Stuttgart 31-10 in the first round last week. The Hornets are 9-2 this season.
In fact, Lonoke and Maumelle played each other in a scrimmage game in August.
Bost said his team must stop Maumelle quarterback TyShun Robinson.
“He’s the best athlete on their team,” Bost said. “He can throw it but can also run with it. He makes a lot of plays happen with his legs. We’ve got to keep him in the pocket and keep him contained.”
Bost said the Hornets run a 4-4 defense and they like to blitz.
“They are going to send seven or eight every play,” he said. “We’ve got to stay on our blocks to give our running game a chance.”
Game time Friday night is 7 p.m.