Storey Overcomes Slow Start
After a slow start, Ty Storey led Charleston to a dominant 49-22 win over Osceola in the Arkansas Class 3A quarterfinals Friday night.
With less than a minute left in the first half, Storey was sacked and fumbled. Osceola recovered and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown to pull within 21-20.
However, a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes by the Arkansas commit gave the Tigers an insurmountable lead.
“We just got back to doing what we do,” Storey said. “At first, they did some stuff up front that confused us. It worked the first series, but then we turned it on.”
Storey finished the game with 401 yards and seven touchdowns on 26 of 36 passing (72.2 percent) in Charleston’s 27th consecutive win.
During the game, he surpassed the 12,000-yard mark. With 12,274 career passing yards, he is one of only four quarterbacks in state history to eclipse the milestone.
“I’m just worried about winning games and ending up in Little Rock (for the 3A state championship game),” Storey said. “That’s something I’ll look back on after the season and appreciate.”
Booneville is the only team standing between Storey and a return trip to War Memorial Stadium.
In Week 9, the Tigers cruised to a 47-20 win over their 4-3A foe, but Storey said he believes both teams have improved since then.
“It could benefit both of us,” Storey said. “Taking shots at each other once is good for the second time around. They’ll be ready, but even more ready. It’ll be a tough battle.”
Before his game against Osceola, Storey was able to watch the entire first half and parts of the second half of Arkansas’ 21-14 loss to No. 17 Missouri.
He said it was depressing to watch, but he doesn’t listen to fans’ criticism of quarterback Brandon Allen.
“I don’t pay much attention to that and I know he doesn’t either,” Storey said.
Here is a look at how other Arkansas commits and prospects performed Friday night.
• Bentonville junior QB Kasey Ford was 9-of-15 passing for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns in his team's 42-10 win over North Little Rock on Friday night at War Memorial Stadium.
• Arkansas WR pledge K.J. Hill had 99 yards receiving in the same game
• Fayetteville sophomore QB Taylor Powell was 20-of-22 passing for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns as Fayetteville whipped Fort Smith Southside 56-14 on Friday night. He has now passed for 2,204 yards passing this season with 18 TDs and six interceptions. Arkansas commits Dre Greenlaw ( 2 catches, 44 yards) and C.J. O'Grady both had a touchdown catch in the game for the Purple Bulldogs.
• Razorback TE-FB pledge Austin Cantrell saw his season end as Kingfisher downed Roland, Okla., 35-6.
• Nashville WR and Razorback pledge LaMichael Pettway had 6 catches for 50 yards in his team's 35-19 loss to Dardanelle
• Dallas Skyline quarterback Kylan "K.C." Johnson - an Arkansas safety recruiting target - had touchdown passes of 19 and 37 yards as his team downed Klein Collins 34-14
• Arkansas 2016 commit Jordan Jones of Smackover had 3 catches for 54 yards and also a 12-yard TD run in 49-14 win over Fordyce.
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