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Late TD Lifts Badgers to Class 4A Title

December 10, 2017

Arkadelphia senior wide receiver Alec Lewis made the catch of a lifetime as the Badgers downed the reigning Class 4A state champion Warren Lumberjacks , 28-27, to win the Class 4A championship Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

 

In what would prove to be a back-and-forth battle, Warren struck first, taking advantage of an Arkadelphia turnover on downs and marched downfield on two plays for a touchdown run from junior Treylon Burks. 

 

Following Warren's score, the Badgers quickly took control of the first half, responding with 21 consecutive points--touchdown runs from junior running back Zion Hatley, sophomore quarterback Cannon Turner and senior fullback Josh Burnham.  

 

Shortly before halftime, Burks squeezed in his second rushing touchdown of the contest, a three-yard scamper with 21 seconds remaining. Warren's PAT was blocked, cutting the Arkadelphia lead to eight points. A missed field goal attempt from Arkadelphia junior kicker Gabe Goodman resulted in a 21-13 halftime lead for the Badgers.

 

In the third quarter, Warren regained momentum, coming out and scoring on the first play from scrimmage--a 53-yard touchdown reception for Burks. On the ensuing possession, Arkadelphia threw a red-zone interception, which Warren turned into a 91-yard touchdown pass to Burks to regain the lead, 27-21. 

 

Despite being stifled by the Lumberjacks defense for most of the second half, Arkadelphia finally found the end zone as Turner hit a wide-open Lewis down the middle for an 81-yard score. Goodman's PAT gave the Badgers a one-point lead, 28-27, over the Lumberjacks. 

 

Warren threatened late in the final minute, marching downfield to the Arkadelphia seven-yard line with less than 20 seconds remaining and no timeouts. As the Lumberjacks attempted the do-or-die final play with three seconds remaining, a spectator entered the playing field, sparking both controversy and commotion that, after a minutes-long delay, resulted in a controversial  unsportsmanlike conduct penalty charged against Warren and the adding of nine additional seconds to the game clock.  

 

Granted one final attempt at the win, Warren quarterback threw an interception to Arkadelphia senior cornerback Dillion Scott to seal the Badgers' first state

championship since 1987.

 

 

 

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