It was not the ending that coach Darrick Lowery and the Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits wanted but they are still co-champions of the 4A-2 conference.
Clinton held off Lonoke for a 14-6 win last week in the season finale at James B. Abraham Stadium. The loss, coupled with Heber Springs’ win last week, left the two teams tied for the 4A-2 conference championship. If there were playoffs in junior high, Lonoke would be the top seed by virtue of its win over Heber Springs earlier this season.
“You’ve got to give Clinton credit,” Lowery said. “Their defense had an excellent game plan against us. They made it very tough on us to run the ball like we are used to doing. We had plenty of chances in the second half. We couldn’t get over the hump and punch one in.”
Lonoke had a chance to score with less than a minute to play but turned the ball over on downs inside the red zone.
Clinton led 6-0 after the first quarter. Lonoke tied the game at 6-6 on a 16-yard run by Michael Hodges. Clinton scored another touchdown in the second quarter to lead 14-6.
Logan Dozier led Lonoke with 91 yards rushing on 14 carries. Isaac Toney had 54 yards on seven carries. Hodges had 34 yards on four carries.
Dozier completed 4 of 13 passes for 42 yards.
Despite the loss, Lowery was proud of what his team accomplished this year, going 7-2.
“We’re extremely proud of our kids,” Lowery said. “We can’t say enough about how hard they’ve worked from the time I took over in the summer until now. We made quite a few changes on offense and defense. They’ve taken everything in stride and worked extremely hard to get us in a position to have a year like this.”