Not even a injured throwing hand could keep Arkansas 2014 quarterback commit Rafe Peavey and his unbeaten Bolivar, Mo., team from rolling to an easy victory.
Peavey rushed 8 times for 106 yards and passed 4 of 4 for 141 yards in just one half of play in the Liberators' 56-0 win over Springfield Catholic.
The elusvie Peavey – playing with an injured and wrapped up non-throwing hand - dashed 76 yards for a score early in the game and Bolivar (8-0) was never headed from that point on.
"I really only have two fingers I could use," Peavey told the . "But I started figuring it out later in the game. My center took a little bit off the snaps and my line gave me plenty of time. It was a good win tonight."
The Liberators – ranked second in Class 4A poll and vying for an 11th straight conference title - will now square off in the biggest regular season game of the year when it faces undefeated and Reed Springs (8-0), ranked fourth in Class 3.
It is the defacto Central Ozark Conference Small Division Championship game.
Bolivar won last year's match-up 37-16 and will face a tough challenge this year according to Liberators head coach Lance Roweton.
"They played us very tough last year and have got a lot of their kids back," Roweton said. "They're big up front and score a lot of points. They're a really good football team, so we've got our work cut out for us."
The Liberators have shutout their last three opponents while outscoring them 133-0 and have won every game this season by at least 10 points.
Reed Springs is averaging 42 points per game and has shut out its last two foes since giving up 41 points to Springfield Catholic.
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Arkansas other quarterback commit also helped his team remain unbeaten despite not playing one of his best games.
Charleston quarterback and 2015 Razorback pledge Ty Storey had a rare off night while going 18-of-35 passing for 264 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
But the Tigers (7-0) remained unbeaten with a strong defensive effort as they downed previously unbeaten Lamar 35-18.
"It wasn't Ty's best game and he'd tell you that," Charleston head coach Greg Kendrick told the Southwest Times Record. "But it is a credit to the kids that they won the game anyway. An ugly win is always better than a pretty loss. This was a conference championship game and were able to get a win."
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Arkansas 2014 kicking commit Cole Hedlund booted three field goals on Friday night – 52, 36 and 19 yards - and moved into a tie for second all-time in Texas with a career total of 42.
Hedlund, who set a national record with 25 made field goals as a sophomore, booted his last trio as Argyle (7-0) roared past Carrolton Ranchview 65-9 on Friday night.
His 42 career makes – with three regular season and at least one playoff game left - ties him with current New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley, the former Southlake Carroll standout.
The Texas State record of 48 was set by Fort Worth Arlington Heights' Tomas Sanchez (1995-1998) while the national record is former Hertiage Hall kicker Jimmy Stevens' mark of 50.
Argyle has won 20 straight district games dating back to 2009.
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Stats from other Arkansas commits and prospects that played Friday night:
• Arkansas senior defensive tackle commit Bijhon Jackson of El Dorado had five tackles - one for lost yardage – as he and his team downed Lake Hamilton 44-34 on Friday night.
• Bentonville 2014 tight end and Arkansas commit Jack Kraus and his team edged Rogers Heritage 13-10 as the Tigers moved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in conferene play.
• Shreveport Evangel WR Jared Cornelius – a Razorback pledge – has caught 39 passes for 533 yards and six touchdowns this season for a 5-1 squad.
• Razorback senior WR commits Torrance Mosley (7 carries, 50 yards) and Corey McBride (37-yard TD catch) were on the losing end of Dutchtown 38-22 defeat.
• North Little Rock junior wide receiver K.J. Hill had 3 catches for 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns – one after he recovered an on-sides kick – and also had 2 carries for 35 yards as the Charging Wildcats ripped Searcy 52-0.
In that same game, senior Deion Tidwell – filling in for injured Arkansas tailback signee Juan Day – had 20 carries for 156 yards and three touchdowns and also caught 3 passes for 82 yards and another score.
• Nashville junior WR La'Michael Pettway had 2 catches for 60 yards and a score, but Ashdown downed the Scrappers 10-6.
• Conway junior kicker Matthew Cummins had a 50-yard field goal and was 4-of-5 on PATs as the Wampus Cats – featuring Arkansas junior OL commit Colton Jackson - routed Fort Smith Southside 37-7.
• West Memphis senior fullback Jarvis Cooper has now rushed for over 100 yards in six of seven games this season after getting over the century mark and scoring two touchdowns as the Blue Devils downed Marion.
• Springdale senior tailback Deandre Murray had 19 carries for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and also had a 32-yard scoring reception as his team whipped Van Buren 49-21.
• Har-Ber senior defensive end Jake Hall had two sacks among his eight tackles and junior defensive tackle Ricky Dobbins 10 total tackles as the Wildcats rallied from a 35-14 deficit to beat Siloam Springs 42-35.
• Pine Bluff junior tight end Will Gragg had 3 catches for 33 yards in a 35-6 win over Little Rock Fair.
• Little Rock Catholic junior standout D.J. Brown had 7 catches for 132 yards with a 65-yard scoring one and also 6 carries for 44 yards in the Rockets' 51-31 win over Russellville.
• Fayetteville junior tight end C.J. O'Grady (3 catches, 51 yards) caught a 13-yard touchdown pass and threw a 19-yard one as the Purple Bulldogs beat Rogers 35-14.
• Jonesboro sophomore tailback Denzel Mitchell rushed just 9 times for a whopping 241 yards and five touchdowns as his squad rolled over visiting Mountain Home 49-28.
• Highland junior Dion Stewart had a fantastic Friday with 13 catches for 253 yards and four touchdowns while also having 4 kickoffs for 120 yards in his team's 44-40 loss to Gosnell.
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