Falling behind quickly last Friday against Little Rock Mills, the North Pulaski Falcons’ task doesn’t get any easier as they host city-rival Jacksonville tomorrow.
The Falcons (1-5. 0-3 5A-Central) suffered a 41-7 setback last Friday with the Comets (4-2, 2-10) scoring on their first three possessions. Mills was helped by a short field as all three touchdown drives started inside the Falcons’ 25-yard line. The culprits were North Pulaski’s two short punts and a fumble. The Comets set up at the 24 on a four-yard punt, at the 15-yard on a short punt and again at the 15 on a fumble recovery.
Additionally, Mills’ quarterback Omar Avance hurt the Falcons as he accounted for four scores. He threw for a 34-yard touchdown pass and also had scoring runs of 6, 14 and 4 yards. The Comets owned a 41-0 led before the Falcons Fred Thomas scampered 18 yards with 9:05 left in the contest.
Taking care of the ball could be a problem Friday as Jacksonville (4-2, 3-0) forced five turnovers in a 49-14 victory over Sylvan Hills last Friday. The Red Devils only two losses were to 7A Cabot and 6A Benton in the first two games of the season.
In the Red Devils’ three conference matchups, they have outscored their opponents, 136-47. The other two games were against West Helena Central and Little Rock McClellan. The only common foe North Pulaski and Jacksonville have is Maumelle. The Red Devils defeated the Hornets, 12-7, while North Pulaski lost, 14-0, in a rain-shortened game.
Jacksonville leads the series, 6-0.