The Lonoke Jackrabbits improved to 2-1 on the season with a 35-8 win over Little Rock McCellan on Friday at James B. Abraham Stadium.
The Jackrabbits led 14-0 at halftime then blew it wide open in the second half with three touchdowns against the Class 5A Lions.
Lonoke took a 7-0 lead when Caleb Bailey scored the first of two defensive touchdowns as he returned a McClellan fumble 51 yards for a touchdown with 5:38 left in the first quarter. Jose Gracia kicked the first of five extra points.
Lonoke pushed its lead to 14-0 when Kody Smith scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run with 1:33 left in the first half.
Smith scored his second touchdown on a two-yard run with 4:15 left in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 21-0. Later in the quarter, Smith threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Blake Mack with 1:01 left.
The Jackrabbits’ final score came when Jay Pitts returned a McClellan fumble 61 yards for a touchdown with 6:24 left in the game. Garcia’s extra point invoked the running clock.
McClellan’s only score came on a 60-yard run with 2:40 left. Deon Johnson scored the touchdown while Aryen Ervin added the two-point conversion.
The Jackrabbits finished with 162 yards rushing on 37 carries. Josh Coleman had 96 yards on 14 carries. Smith had 41 yards on 15 carries. Mack had 20 yards on six carries.
Chandler Elmore led Lonoke with 13 tackles. Ethan Holland had 12. Trey Bevis had seven. Brent Shelton finished with six.
“I thought we competed hard,” Lonoke coach Doug Bost said. “We had a couple of turnovers we weren’t pleased with but the defense made up for it with two scoop-and-scores.
“We came out in the second half and put three touchdowns on the board and finished the game.”
Lonoke will travel to Heber Springs to take on the winless Panthers in the 4A-2 conference opener Friday.
“They’ve gotten us the last two years,” Bost said of Heber Springs. “We talked to the kids about how important it is to start off 1-0 in this conference, which is probably the second toughest conference in Class 4A. It’s important to have a good week of practice and come out and compete Friday night.”
Kickoff at Heber Springs is set for 7 p.m.