Arkansas commitment T.J. Hammonds made his senior season debut one to remember.
Hammonds (5-11, 200) rushed 10 times for 200 yards and caught 3 passes for 135 yards as he led Pulaski Robinson to a 50-16 season-opening win over Bauxite.
“This opening game was more about seeing where we were after camp and just seeing what mistakes we would need to clean up as the season goes along,” Hammonds said. “I was pleased with how we came out and took care of business.
“As for myself, I feel like I was able to do some good things. I feel 100 percent now after being injured a little bit and feel like I am good to go and ready to help us have a big season.
Nathan Page, Robinson’s talented sophomore wide receiver, had 120 yards receiving as well as eight tackles and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.
“Our young guys really looked good and they just have a lot of talent,” Hammonds said. “It was good to see them get off to great starts.”
Hammonds then made his way up to watch the Razorbacks hammer UTEP 48-13 in their season opener.
He was especially pleased with what he saw from new Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos, whose team passed for 308 yards while piling up 490 yards of total offense in the win.
“I saw just what Coach Enos told me was going to happen, that they were going to open up the offense and throw the ball more,” Hammonds said.
“Coach Enos has told me that when I get up there, they are going to put me in the backfield some, split me out some.
“They want to run the ball some, split out and make plays and run a lot of things like bubble screens and things like that to get me the ball in space.”
He also was thrilled to have Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim - a good friend of his - come aboard Saturday as the 14th Arkansas commit of the 2016 class.
“I’ve known for awhile that we were getting him, but he just wanted to announce it when he had all his family together,” Hammonds said. “He’s a great guy and a great football player and I am glad he is going to be with us.”
Agim actually scored three times out of the Wildcat for his team and rushed 4 times for 43 yards and also recorded a safety, but Nashville edged Hope 32-31.
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Other top performances from this past week:
• Jordan Jones, WR, 6-3, 180, Smackover – The Arkansas pledge came very close to a game-tying 21-yard touchdown catch that could have possibly led to breaking Junction City’s 40-game winning streak.
But Jones’ foot came down out of bounds on the last play of the game in what ended as a 13-7 win for the Dragons over the Buckaroos, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A.
It was Jones’ second game of the first week of the season as Warren downed Smackover 59-30 in a Hooten’s Kickoff Classic game held Monday.
Jones played just a half due to dehydration while catching one pass for eight yards, completing 5-of-8 passing for 98 yards while lining up at quarterback some and also returning an interception 98 yards for a touchdown.
• Kofi Boateng, WR, 6-3, 180, Arlington, Texas, Lamar – The Arkansas pledge had 3 catches for 102 yards with two touchdowns as Lamar beat Keller Central 38-14.
• Austin Capps, DT, 6-5, 304, Star City - Capps, one of Arkansas' first commits of the 2016 class, had 11 tackles with three for lost yardage in his team's 38-27 loss to Lonoke.
• Cole Kelly, QB, 6-7, 235, Lafayette, La., Teurlings Catholic - The Razorbacks' quarterback pledge in the 2016 class, Kelly was 10-of-19 for 191 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-28 win over Shreveport Calvalry Baptist
• Grayson Gunter, TE, 6-5, 230, Madison, Miss. Central – The Razorback 2016 commit had two catches for 43 yards.
• Adewale Omotosho, WR, 6-3, 190, Plano East – The Arkansas recruiting target had 4 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown as Plano East downed Jesuit 57-42
• Devwah Whaley, TB, 6-0, 220, Beaumont, Texas, Central – The Arkansas recruiting target had 32 carries for 165 yards and a touchdown in Central’s 24-7 loss to Port Arthur Memorial.
• Devin White, TB, 6-1, 260, Springhill, La., North Webster – The Razorback recruiting target had 168 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns, including an 87-yard kickoff return as North Webster whipped Haynesville 34-13
• DeVaughn Pennamon, TB, 5-11, 211, Manvel, Texas – Pennamon had 65 yards on 6 carries as Manvel downed North Shore 43-40.
•Blake Hogan, TE, 6-4, 225, Mustang, Okla. – The 2016 prospect had 6 catches for 121 yards and a score as Mustang routed Yukon 55-21.
• Jon Johnson, ATH, 6-1, 205, Benton Harmony Grove – The 2016 prospect, who attended Arkansas’ game on Saturday, had 176 yards on 17 carries with four touchdowns and also had five tackles and an interception on defense as his team downed Poyen 32-14
• Taylor Powell, QB, Fayetteville – The junior signal caller came out hot on Friday night and went 15-of-19 for 216 yards with four touchdowns in his team’s 58-6 rout of Lawton, Okla., Eisenhower.
• Jonathan Adams, WR, 6-3, 175, Jonesboro – The 2017 prospect had 6 catches for 120 yards and two scores as Jonesboro downed Valley View 49-20.
• Alex Day, TB, 5-8, 170, North Little Rock – The younger brother of current Arkansas tailback Juan Day, Alex had 181 yards rushing to start off his junior season in a 32-25 loss to Little Rock Catholic
• Kai Lammons, WR, 5-10, 183, Derby, Kan. – Lemons, a junior who plans on being at Arkansas’ game with Texas Tech on Sept. 19, had 4 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns as his team beat Maize 42-20.
• Justin Broiles, CB, 6-0, 175, Oklahoma City, Okla., John Marshall – His team opened its season with a 66-12 win over Northwest Classen and then he made it over to watch the Arkansa game.