It wasn’t supposed to be easy, but Junction City and Arkansas commit Jamario Bell mercy-ruled rival Bearden 39-0 for the Dragons’ 33rd consecutive win.
Despite Junction City’s No. 1 ranking in the 2A and dominance during its winning streak, winning its previous 32 games by an average margin of 39 points, most people thought the Bears would give Junction City a tough game.
In the Dragons’ three wins over their rival in the streak, they won by 1, 5 and 6 points, easily their closest games.
That was not the case Friday night, as Junction City raced out to a 39-0 lead in the first half before pulling out its starters.
“It was a great game,” Bell said. “We came out and took care of business. We blocked, we ran the ball, we caught the ball very well and it came out very good for us.”
In only one half of play, Bell caught two passes for 23 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown that gave Junction City a 32-0 lead in the middle of the second quarter.
He also had a 40-yard catch and run right before the end of the first quarter, but it was negated with a penalty.
“It felt very good,” Bell said. “We’ve been working on our passing game all week and all during summer. Everything is coming together.
On the other side of the ball, he led a defense that never allowed the Bearden offense to get things started and made a few key fourth-down stops early in the game. He finished with four tackles, including one for a loss.
“Jamario has gotten better,” Junction City head coach David Carpenter said. “I coach the (defensive) ends, so I put him in the position to do a lot more on the defensive side to help our linebackers out and he’s done a good job.
“I just want him to keep getting better at it every week.”
The win was Junction City’s third straight shutout. Since beating 3A Smackover 33-19 in their season opener, the Dragons have outscored their opponents 300-16, including a 48-8 win over Rison, the No. 4 team in the 2A, and a 39-0 win over Bearden, the No. 2 team in the 2A.
Bell said he hopes to carry those winning ways on at Arkansas.
“(Arkansas) plays very good in the first half,” Bell said. “It’s just the second half it seems like guys get tired and things fall apart. Everything will be okay next year.”
He is a four-star prospect and the No. 14 defensive end in the Class of 2015, but Bell said he also wants to play tight end and that he expects to compete at both positions.
Here are stats of other commits and prospects from Friday night.
• Arkansas FB-TE pledge Austin Cantrell had 2 catches for 84 yards and a pair of TDs (23 and 59) and also rushed 6 times for 44 yards as his Roland squad downed Heavner 34-7 on Thursday night.
• Razorback quarterback commit Ty Storey of Charleston used both his arm and legs to account for all seven of his team’s touchdowns while taking down Lamar 49-28 on Friday night. He was 32-of-51 passing for 362 yards and 4 touchdowns and also ran the ball 19 times for 142 yards with two TDs.
• Arkansas WR commit K.J. Hill of North Little Rock had 3 catches for 78 yards – one a 60-yard TD reception – and also rushed once for 17 yards, completed 1 of 2 passes for 27 yards and returned a kickoff 49 yards Thursday night. He accounted for 171 all-purpose yards while seeing limited playing time as his team hammered Searcy 70-0.
• Arkansas TE commit Will Gragg of Dumas had 5 catches for 68 yards in a 28-7 loss to Star City.
• Fayetteville TE and Razorback pledge C.J. O’Grady had 5 catches for 97 yards and two scores in the first half of the Purple Bulldogs’ 49-20 win over Springdale Har-Ber.
• In that same game, Fayetteville LB-S Dre Greenlaw returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown.
• Razorback tailback commit Rawleigh Williams of Dallas Bishop Lynch (5-3) had 209 yards rushing and two touchdown catches of 27 and 28 yards in his team’s 42-14 win over Fort Worth Nolan. Williams has now rushed 201 times for 1,913 yards with 24 touchdowns this season and also has 12 catches for 154 yards and three more scores.
• The Woodlands and tailback Patrick Carr were off this week, but Carr has amassed 757 yards rushing so far this season.
• Coppell, Texas tailback Charles West had 10 carries for 91 yards and a touchdowns in a 62-7 win over Richland on Friday. West now has 113 carries for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
• Conway junior quarterback Breylin Smith was 14-of-19 passing for 190 yards passing while Arkansas OL commit Colton Jackson led an offensive line that helped the Wampus Cats (7-0) pile up 235 yards rushing and remain unbeaten with a 35-0 win over Alma.
• Prairie Grove junior tight end Dylan Soehner had 7 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in a 28-20 loss to Pea Ridge.
Here is a list of players that will be in Little Rock for an unofficial visit during the Georgia game.
• Jamario Bell, 6-6, 230, Junction City
• Will Gragg. TE, 6-4, 245, Dumas - canceled Texas official visit that was scheduled for this weekend
• KJ Hill, WR, 6-1, 190, North Little Rock
• Ty Storey, QB, 6-3, 215, Charleston
• Gabriel Campbell, DE, 6-5, 260, Yazoo City, Miss.
• Bryce English, DT, 5-11, 315, DeSoto, Texas (UCLA commit)
• Carrington Nelson, DE, 6-3, 250, DeSoto, Texas
• Khairan Stafford, LB, 6-3, 225, Newport
• Jordan Jones, 6-3, 170, Smackover
• McTelvin Agim, DE, 6-3, 255, Hope
• Willie Allen, OL, 6-6, 275, River Ridge, La., John Curtis
• Austin Capps, DE, 6-5, 303, Star City
• Jake Charpentier, OL, 6-2, 250, River Ridge, La., John Curtis
• Nate Evans, LB, 6-2, 230, River Ridge, La., John Curtis
• T.J. Hammonds, ATH, 5-11, 200, Pulaski Robinson
• Kenyon Jackson, DT, 5-11, 268, Little Rock Parkview
• Michael Perry III, DT, 6-1, 328, Memphis Whitehaven
• LaDarius Skelton, S, 6-2, 185, Pine Bluff
Bell, Junction City Win 33rd Straight
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