Arkansas 2015 quarterback pledge Ty Storey of Charleston wasn't fazed by the number 13 or facing the defending state champions on Friday night.
Storey passed for a whopping 533 yards and 7 touchdowns Friday night as his road Tigers (13-0) downed defending 3A state champion Harding Academy 48-21 in a 2013 quarterfinal round showdown.
"We knew coming in that Harding had a very potent offense and we were going to have to keep our foot on their throat," Charleston coach Greg Kendrick told the Southwest Times Record. "No lead was safe. Normally when we are up like that in the second half we are running the ball and trying to run some clock. We couldn't afford to do that tonight."
Storey was 21-of-38 passing with TD passes of 47, 50, 76, 5, 55, 25 and 31 yards as his team ended Harding Academy's 25-game winning streak.
"The way Harding plays, they are going to give you a lot of man-to-man coverage," Kendrick said. "And they are going to come after you with the blitz. Ty got pounded tonight, but he stayed in there and made his reads and made some great throws.
"You have to stay in there and throw the ball downfield against them and take advantage of their defense," Kendrick added.
Charleston will host Earle next week in the semifinals with a berth in the state championship game on the line.
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Arkansas' reccord-setting senior kicker Zach Hocker completed his college career by being true on a pair of kicks in a heart-breaking loss to LSU.
The young man expected to be take over for him when the Razorbacks start the 2014 season at Auburn on Aug. 30 continues to boot himself toward breaking his own record.
Aryle, Texas, standout and Arkansas commit Cole Hedlund – who owns the national record for most field goals in a career with 52 – got closer to his own national record of 25 in a season with his 22nd makethis season on Friday night.
That was a 41-yarder on his only attempt of the night and he was also 6-of-6 on PATs as his Eagles moved to 13-0 with a 45-38 win over Gilmer in the Class 3A Regional semifinal on Friday night.
The win gave Argyle a measure of revenge as Gilmer knocked the Eagles out of last season's playoff and handed them their only loss in the last 25 games.
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Pine Bluff kicker Austin McGehee – a Purdue commit who has an offer from Arkansas to walk on as a punter – drilled a 42-yard field goal as time expired as the Zebras downed Greenwood 31-28 in a Class 6A semifinal and ended the Bulldogs' 50-game winning streak.
Arkansas has offered Pine Bluff junior tight end Will Gragg, whose team will play El Dorado and 2014 Razorback defensive line commit Bijhon Jackson in the Class 6A final.
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Other top performances on Friday night from Arkansas pledges or targets:
• Shreveport, La., Evangel wide receiver and Arkanas 2014 pledge Jared Cornelius – who will join the Razorback program in January – had his high school career come to an end on Friday night when River Ridge downed Evangel 40-6 in state playoff action.
• Arkansas 2014 wideout commits Torrance Mosely (27-yard TD run) and Corey McBride also had their high school seasons come to an end when their Ducthtown team lost 23-7 in round 3 of the Class 5A playoffs.
• North Little Rock junior wideout K.J. Hill – who now has offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Oklahoma State – had 3 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in North Little Rock's 43-42 double-overtime loss to Cabot in a Class 7A semifinal.
•The Metairie, La. Archbishop Rummel duo of linebacker Dwayne Eugene and corenrback Henre' Toliver will be playing for a state title in The Superdome next Saturday night.
Toliver intercepted a pass at the end of the game to secure a 31-29 win over top-seeded St. Augustine in a Division I semifinal.
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