North Little Rock isn’t winning pretty, but winning they are and move to 5-0 on the season after beating Conway, 24-14, last Friday night.
Now the Charging Wildcats take the show on the road for the first trip outside of Pulaski County this season when they travel to Fort Smith to face the Southside Mavericks.
Southside, 1-4 on the season and 0-2 in the 7A-Central, lost last Friday to Cabot, 43-41. The Conway game, was another hard-luck tale that saw the Mavericks fall 54-47 in overtime.
Coached by Jeff Williams, Southside lost to North Little Rock, 58-17, last season in the school’s introduction to central Arkansas after having played in a northwest Arkansas conference for decades.
It was Conway that struck first last Friday when the Wampus Cats scored on the first drive. It was Conway’s only lead of the game.
North Little Rock tied it up when Tyler Day went in from three yards out in the first quarter, then took the lead for good when quarterback David Chapple scored on a one-yard plunge. Senior kicker Savana Melton was good on both attempts.
It was Chapple again, this time through the air, as he hit fellow senior Deontae Montgomery for a 48 yard catch and run that resulted in a touchdown with Melton again on the extra point.
She was called on again in the third quarter for a 31-yard field goal with 4:39 remaining.
Conway set the final margin with a garbage time touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
North Little Rock rolled to 312 yards of total offense on 57 plays.
Chapple was nine of 14 on the night with 142 yards passing and one touchdown.
North Little Rock rushed for 170 yards as a team with the bulk of that coming from Brandon Thomas who finished with 130 yards on 25 carries.
In addition to his touchdown receiving, Montgomery added three more catches for a total of 88 yards to lead all receivers.
On defense, Sedrick Cain led the way with one interception, the only one of the night.