Productive Peavey

Although his team's unbeaten season and state title hopes both died Saturday, Arkansas 2014 quarterback commit Rafe Peavey - who will sign a financial aid agreement with the Razorbacks next Monday - had a spectacular season in which he passed for 2,294 yards and rushed for 1,557 more while accounting for 43 TDs.

Rafe Peavey and his Bolivar Liberators had a magical season while going unbeaten in their first 12 games, but saw it come to a bitter end Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A Missouri state playoff quarterfinals.

Peavey (6-2, 212), Arkansas' 2014 quarterback commit who will sign a financial aid agreement with the Razorbacks next Monday at 2 p.m., passed for 2,294 yards and rushed for 1,557 more the Class 4A Missouri state playoff quarterfinals.

He accounted for 43 touchdowns – 27 scores coming via the ground and 16 via the air while throwing only four interceptions.

"Rafe was just a joy to coach and accounted for over 3,700 yards total offense by himself," Bolivar head coach Lance Roweton said. "There were many nights when we might not have had the best team out their on the field, but we had the best player and he always found a way to help us get the win."

Three of those four picks came Saturday as Liberty North downed Bolivar 35-0 after the previously unbeaten Libertators had won a school-record 12 games this season.

It was just 7-0 late in the third quarter and 14-0 early in the fourth quarter per Roweton.

"This is a school that has 500 to 600 more students than we do even though they are in the same classification," Roweton said. "They just lined up and whipped us physically."

Peavey was obviously disappointed as the season came to such a bitter end.

"I've been blessed with a great community and great coaches, and I have the best teammates," Peavey told the Springfield News-Leader. "I'm just going to miss it so much. It stinks that it's come to an end, but that's in God's plan so I'm trusting in him."

Peavey, who is a mid-term graduate and the son of former NFL player Jack Peavey, will enroll at Arkansas in January and be able to go through spring practice.

After a brilliant season, he was 12-of-30 for 159 yards on Saturday as Liberty North used its ground game to roll up 387 yards rushing.

"You can always take something from a loss, but I just didn't execute to the best of my abilities," Peavey said. "I'm just going to hold my head high knowing that I gave it my all."

Peavey will take his official visit to Arkansas on Dec. 13-15, but also may come unofficially the week before when the Razorbacks are hosting a group of prospects as well.

He ends his career with 54 passing touchdowns and 53 rushing ones while going 30-5 as a starter.

Peavey rushed for 2,718 yards in his career and passed for 5,990 yards with 54 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.

He had a 67 percent completion percentage and rushed for average of 7.9 yards per rush.

"Arkansas is not only getting a great quarterback, but a great person who will just lift the program up in every way possible," Roweton said. "He is just the total package, a phenomenal player and person."

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Peavey is one of at least three players currently pledged to Arkansas that is expected to enroll at mid-term.

The other two are Marietta, Ga., Lassiter, cornerback Chris Murphy (5-11, 175) and Shreveport, La., Evangel wide receiver Jared Cornelius (6-1, 190).

Murphy's senior season came to an end Friday night when Peachtree Ridge downed Lassiter 59-20 in the Georgia AAAAAA playoffs.

His squad had captured the Region 5 crown the week before.

Cornelius' team is 9-1 this season and still alive after downing Loyola College Prep 59-23 last weekend in the Division II Select State playoffs.

The Eagles will host St. Thomas More (10-1) on Friday night.

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Arkansas wide receiver commits Torrance Mosley and Corey McBride will lead Dutchtown (9-2) into the second round of the Louisiana Class 5A state playoffs against Ehret (8-2). Mosley had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 61-yard touchdown catch as Dutchtown downed Woodlawn-Baton Rouge 41-20 last Friday.

"They came out with eight in the box, and we couldn't run the ball with that many in box," Mosley told "So we just took what they gave us and we were successful. We continued to throw the ball throughout the game and it put us in a position to win."

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Arkansas has two other Louisiana commits – Metairie Archbishop Rummel linebacker Dwayne Eugene and cornerback Henre' Toliver – still alive in the Division I Select state playoffs. The Knights (7-3) will battle Scotlandville (8-1) in this week's second round playoff contest.

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Other Arkansas commits who shined last week:

…Razorback senior linebacker pledge Khalia Hackett had 14 tackles, 2 passes broken up, rushed 4 times for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also had 1 catch for 21 yards and his Douglasville, Ga., South Paulding team won the school's first-ever state playoff game.

…Charleston junior quarterback Ty Storey – a 2015 Razorback pledge – has his team 11-0 after a 42-0 win over Benton Harmony Grove.

With Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney looking on, Storey was 15-of-20 for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns while playing just a half and lifted the Tigers into this week's game with visiting McGehee.

…North Little Rock junior wideout K.J. Hill had 6 catches for 138 yards in a 49-16 win over Rogers Heritage and now has 56 catches for 1,005 yards and 15 touchdowns this season while accounting for 1,675 all-purpose yards.

The Charging Wildcats visit Bryant this Friday night.

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