The Lonoke Jackrabbits scored a season-high 66 points in a 66-18 win over Marianna on Friday at James B. Abraham Stadium.
With the win, Lonoke improves to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in 4A-2 conference play.
“I’m proud of the way the kids came out,” Lonoke coach Doug Bost said. “Our opening drive stalled out. We came back on the second one and were able to put points on the board. I thought the defense played well. In the second half, we were able to play the second stringers the rest of the game. They got a couple of touchdowns on the board themselves and made some good stops.
“From top to bottom, it was an overall good effort for our team.”
Marianna took a 6-0 lead with 7:03 left in the first quarter. Lonoke’s Trevor Ransom blocked the extra point.
Lonoke tied the game at 6-6 on a 63-yard run by Josh Coleman with 6:47 left in the first quarter. The Jackrabbits took a 14-6 lead with 4:37 left in the first quarter. Coleman scored on a 4-yard run. Blake Mack then passed to Justin Meadows for the two-point conversion.
Lonoke added another touchdown in the first quarter to lead 21-6. Kody Smith threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Mack. Jose Garcia kicked the extra point.
Lonoke scored four touchdowns in the second quarter. Mack scored on an 81-yard run off a reverse. Garcia kicked his first of four extra points in the second quarter.
Coleman scored on a 4-yard run with 7:13 left. Cedric Cooney returned an interception 20 yards for a for a touchdown with 6:42 left.
Cooney did it again 2 minutes later, returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown.
Garcia kicked a 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the first half to give the Jackrabbits a 52-6 halftime lead.
Lonoke scored two touchdowns in the second half. Deven Mosely scored on a 4-yard run with 8:26 left in the third quarter. Savonte Rountree scored on a 10-yard run with 1:10 left.
Marianna scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to account for the final score.
Smith completed 3 of 5 passes for 63 yards. Mack caught two passes for 58 yards. Nick Watson caught 1 pass for 5 yards.
Mack rushed for 114 yards on 3 carries. Coleman had 100 yards on 10 carries. Smith rushed for 57 yards on 6 carries.
Ethan Holland led Lonoke with eight tackles. Chandler Elmore had seven. Jay Pitts had five.
Lonoke will play defending state champion Stuttgart on Friday at James B. Abraham Stadium.
The Ricebirds are 4-3 overall and 3-2 in 4A-2 play.
“They are still a very good football team,” Bost said. “We know we are going to get their best shot. We were the only team to beat them last year. They remember that. They will be ready for us.”
Bost said his team had a great day of practice Tuesday and expected the same thing Wednesday.
“Offensive-wise, they have 38 formations,” Bost said. “The big thing is just getting lined up right against their formations. We are really concentrating hard on getting lined up right.
“Defensive-wise, they are a 4-3 team like we are.”
If the Jackrabbits win, they will clinch second place in the 4A-2 conference and host a first-round playoff game.
“The two-seed is on the line,” Bost said. “We know if we win, we are the outright second seed and you get a home playoff game right off the bat. There is a lot on the line. Being conference runner-up would be great for us.”
Kickoff on Friday night is 7 o’clock.