Productive Peavey

Arkansas senior quarterback pledge Rafe Peavey has accounted for over 1,100 yards total offense and 19 touchdowns while leading his Bolivar, Mo., squad to a 4-0 mark so far this season.

Arkansas 2014 quarterback commit Rafe Peavey (6-2, 212) just keeps on chewing up the yardage via the air and on the ground.

Peavey was 13-of-16 passing for 195 yards and four touchdowns and also ran 6 times for 90 yards and three other scores in his Bolivar team's 48-0 win over Hollister on Friday night.

That moved the Liberators to 4-0 this season and pushed Peavey's totals to 53-of-66 passing for 689 yards and 11 TDs while rushing for 435 yards and 8 more scores.

"I found out during my sophomore year that if the play broke down, it was important to make good decisions and make plays with my feet as well my arm," Peavey said. "I have just tried to continue to do that this last two seasons.

"Our team has played really well and our offense has been very physical," Peavey added. "My receivers and backs have done a great job getting open and making plays and our offensive line has really played well."

That includes this Friday night's game at rival Marshfield in which Peavey – who is a regarded as a four-star prospect by most recruiting services – hopes to keep his team's record unblemished.

"They are a big rival so it's a huge game for us," Peavey said. "It's been a good start for us, but we just want to try and keep getting better every day because there is a lot of season left and a lot of tough teams on our schedule."

Peavey took in Arkansas' 24-3 win over Southern Miss live in Fayetteville on Sept. 14 and then watched the Razorbacks fall 28-24 at Rutgers on Saturday afternoon.

"I really thought that Arkansas was going to be 4-0, especially after they got up 24-7," Peavey said. "But the (Rutgers) punt return (for a touchdown) really turned things around and then they got another big punt return and that was the biggest factor."

Back-up walk on quarterback A.J. Derby took over for injured starter Brandon Allen in the first quarter of the Southern Miss game and then took every snap in the game in New Jersey.

"He's doing a good job filling in for Brandon and taking advantage of the offense that (Arkansas offensive coordinator) Coach (Jim) Chaney has for him," Peavey said. "I know Arkansas is just going to keep getting better each week."

Peavey will be back in Fayetteville on Saturday to see the Razorbacks (3-1) host Texas A&M (3-1) in a 6 p.m. game that will be televised by ESPN2.

It will give him a chance to see his future college team as well as a look at Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (6-1, 210), the reigning Heisman Trophy winner who is similar in build to Peavey.

"I think it will be a really good ballgame and it will give me a chance to watch a guy that is of the same stature as me," Peavey said. "I think we are similar in that we can both make plays with our arms and our legs.

"That's not to say we are the same quarterback because I will probably never come close to being as good as he is, but it will give me a chance to study someone that is elusive like I have been in high school," Peavey added.

Some other top performances this weekend from Arkansas commitments and potential future pledges:

• Razorback 2014 WR pledge Jared Cornelius had a biog night with 8 catches for 142 yards and 3 Tds in Shreveport Evangel's 45-0 win over Northside.

• North Little Rock tailback Juan Day – another Arkansas 2014 commitment – had touchdown runs of 14 and 3 yards in the Charging Wildcats' 35-14 win at Pine Bluff.

Day hurt his knee later in the first quarter and will have an MRI at some point early this week.

• Jonesboro sophomore tailback Denzel Mitchell had 32 carries for 318 yards and 3 TD runs of 61, 34 and 14 in the Hurricane's 38-31 win over Batesville.

• Rusellville senior WR Jalen Curtis had 10 catches and 120 yards and a score as the Cyclones downed Alma 17-7.

• Springdale senior TB Deandre Murray, who had over 400 yards rushing combined the first two weeks, had 16 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns.





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