Ty Storey was sacked on the first play of the game, but he responded with his arm and his legs to lead Charleston to a mercy-rule 42-14 victory over Shiloh Christian Thursday at Mayo-Thompson Stadium in Fort Smith.
The four-star quarterback and Arkansas commit responded with a 23-yard pass on the next play before a couple of dropped passes forced a punt.
Shiloh drove down the field for a touchdown to go up 7-0, forcing Storey to respond. He accounted for all 53 yards of Charleston’s ensuing drive, capping it with a two-yard touchdown run.
“We started off kind of slow, trying to get our feet under us,” Storey said. “With the first game of the year, it’s to be expected, but we have to pick it up.”
Storey finished the game with 225 yards and five touchdowns on 25-of-36 passing (69.4 percent) and 53 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.
Some of his rushing yards came when he was forced out of the pocket and didn’t have an open receiver, but a lot of them came on designed quarterback runs.
“That’s just what I’m asked to do this year,” Storey said. “Last year, I had to pass a lot, this year I think I’m going to have to run more and that’s totally fine. I’m ready to go.”
A seven-yard screen pass for a touchdown and successful two-point conversion put the Tigers up 42-7 late in the third quarter, enforcing the mercy rule and ending Storey’s night.
While Storey said he is completely focused on his high school season, but he said four-star wide receiver K.J. Hill’s commitment to Arkansas last Friday excites him.
He is also hopeful three-star wide receiver LaMichael Pettway will join them in Fayetteville. Pettway de-committed from Ole Miss Monday.
“He seems like a great guy from when I’ve talked to him and he’s a great player,” Storey said. “I’ve seen his highlight film. Hopefully we can get him, too, but it’s whatever he wants to do and whatever is going to be best for him.”
Storey was not the only Arkansas commit in action Thursday. Hill caught five passes for 81 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown that put North Little Rock up 14-7 over Little Rock Catholic late in the second quarter. The Charging Wildcats won 17-7.
Tight end Austin Cantrell caught one pass for six yards, ran six times for 22 yards, completed a pass for a two-point conversion and recovered a fumble on defense in Roland (Okla.)’s 35-0 win over Muldrow.
Cantrell, Storey and Pettway will be in Fayetteville for an unofficial visit to watch Arkansas play Nicholls State in its home opener Saturday.
Here is a list of prospects that will be at the game for an unofficial visit.
• Austin Cantrell, TE, 6-4, 240, Roland, Okla.
• Daytrieon Dean, DE, 6-3, 263, Fort Smith Northside
• Hajtle Froholdt, DT, 6-5, 290, Bradeton, Fla., IMG Academy
• K.J. Hill, WR, 6-1, 190, North Little Rock
• C.J. O'Grady, TE, 6-5, 230, Fayetteville
• Zach Rogers, C, 6-3, 300, Carollton, Texas, Hebron
• Ty Storey, QB, 6-3, 215, Charleston
• Lars Froholdt, DL, 6-1, 320, Denmark
• Will Gragg, TE, 6-4, 245, Dumas
• Dre Greenlaw, S, 6-1, 220, Fayetteville
• Henri Murphy, WR, 5-11, 185, Pine Bluff Dollarway
• LaMichael Pettway, WR, 6-4, 200, Nashville
• Charles West, TB, 5-9, 180, Coppell, Texas
• Damarea Crockett, TB, Little Rock Christian
• Kasey Ford, QB, 6-5, 250, Bentonville
• Tyrone Mahone, CB, 5-8,160, Bentonville
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