Arkansas wide reciever commit Jared Cornelius, one of three Razorback pledges set to come in at mid-term and go through spring practice, was a star in what turned into a wacky football game on Friday night.
Cornelius had 8 catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns as his Shreveport, La., Evangel Christian team downed Mansfield 27-0 Friday night to win the District 1-3A championship.
It was a game that featured 10 turnovers – 5 by each team – and 20 penalties, 13 of which racked up 121 yards in negative yardage.
"I've never been around that in my life," Evangel head coach Byron Dawson said, "but our guys did a great job of just finding a way. We had a holding on a PAT – first time I've seen that. It's good preparation for the road in the playoffs."
Evangel is now 8-1 overall and 5-0 in league action and will find out who it faces in the Division II Select playoff bracket on Sunday.
"We just focused at halftime and changed our mind-set," Cornelius said. "We finished it off."
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Arkansas wide recevier commit Torrance Mosley had a 10-yard scoring dash that gave his Dutchtown team a 53-50 win in five overtimes and a share of the District 5-5A title.
Dutchtown scored with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to force the extra periods.
Mosley and Corey McBride are Razorback WR commits from Dutchtown, who is now 8-2 overall and 4-1 in district action.
• Arkansas kicker commit Cole Hedlund of Argyle, Texas, was 9-of-9 on PATs, but did not get an opportunity to kick a field goal during his unbeaten team's 63-13 Friday night win over previously undeafeated Celina.
Hedlund, who set a national record with 25 field goals as a sophomore. will head into the playoffs with 46 career field goals – two shy of the state record and four shy of the national record.
His next chance to move closer to both records will be Thursday night when Argyle (10-0) faces Krum in the Class 3A D2 bi-district round.
• Razorback QB pledge Rafe Peavey also kept his team unbeaten as Bolivar downed Kansas City Grandview 42-14 Wednesday night in the Class 4A Missouri state playoffs.
Peavey was 9-of-15 passing for 190 yards and a score and also rushed for 190 yards and four TDs on 25 carries. His first carry went 76 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game.
The Liberators play Pleasant Hill (11-0) on Monday for the District 7 championship with the winner playing again on Saturday in the Class 4A semifinals.
Two more wins would have Peavey and Bolivar playing for the state championship Friday, Nov. 29 in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
• Arkansas senior defensive end commit Jake Hall had four sacks in his team's 41-7 win over Springdale on Friday night.
Har-Ber will host Little Rock Catholic next Friday night in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs.
• In that same game, Springdale's Deandre Murray rushed 28 times for 158 yards.
• Arkansas 2015 QB pledge Ty Storey was 10-of-12 passing for 117 yards while playing only midway through the second quarter in Charleston's 48-14 win over Mansfield on Friday night.
Charleston finishes the regular season 10-0, wins the Class 3A-4 district championship and will host Benton Harmony Grove in the first round of the state playoffs next Friday.
• Fayetteville junior tight end C.J. O'Grady caught 8 passes for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns and senior wide receiver Jordan Dennis 5 catches for 177 yards in their team's 35-21 loss to Bentonville.
Bentonville has a bye to open the state playoffs next week while Fayetteville will host Little Rock Central.
• Little Rock Catholic junior athlete D.J. Brown had 34 carries for 196 yards and two TDs, caught 5 passes for 76 yards and 84 return yards in the Rockets' 21-14 loss to Conway.
• North Little Rock junior wide receiver K.J. Hill had 2 catches for 79 yards and 2 Tds and also had a 13-yard carry as the Charging Wildcats blasted Little Rock Central 38-14 on Thursday night.
• Nashville junior WR La'Michael Pettway had 5 catches for 103 yards and a pair of scores as Nashville's 55-28 win over Bauxite.
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