CARROLLTON - The Irving MacArthur Cardinals (4-2, 3-0) scored touchdowns on their first seven drives of the game as they cruised to a 50-24 win over Carrollton Turner (3-3, 0-3) Thursday night at Standridge Stadium.
Senior running back Artiss Henderson led the way with 122 rushing yards and three first half touchdowns, while senior WR Jeshua Hodges had 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns to pace what was a potent aerial assault from the Cardinals. QB Kane Hardin was the man delivering the aerial attack as he tossed four touchdown passes.
MacArthur wasted little time jumping out to a 7-0 lead scoring on a nine yard run from Henderson, the score capped a 68 yard drive, the drive appeared to stall out in Turner territory but on 4th and 8 MacArthur executed a fake punt as Marquis Haygood ran for 19 yards and a first down. RL Turner answered with a nice drive of their own moving inside the red zone, but the Lions drive stalled and RL Turner would have to settle for a short field goal from Alex Melendez to cut the lead to 7-3. MacArthur would move right back down the field on the next drive scoring on a two yard Henderson run and a 14-3 lead. The Cardinals defense would take over for the majority of the first half from that point forcing a pair of three and outs and giving their offense excellent field position. MacArthur’s offense would take advantage going up 28-3 as quarterback Kane Hardin threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Sanchez and Henderson added a ten yard scoring dash. Turner fought their way back in the game as QB Justin Eichorn threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to Juan Weaver, who dragged multiple MacArthur tacklers into the end zone to give the Lions some life trailing just 28-10 shortly before half. However, the Lions left too much time on the clock and with all three timeouts, the Cardinals marched right back down the field. The dagger was a 20 yard scoring toss from Hardin to Hodges and Henderson’s two point run to make it 36-10 Mac at the half.
Turner got off to a strong start in the third as Weaver returned the second half kickoff 64 yards to set the Lions up with a chance to cut back into the MacArthur lead, but the drive ended on downs. MacArthur would end any hopes of a competitive second half as Hardin and Hodges hooked up for a sixteen yard touchdown pass making it 43-10 MacArthur. Turner would get a couple of late scores in the second half as Eichorn tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Chris Thompson, but it was simply window dressing as the result was no longer in doubt after the first third quarter touchdown.