With a logjam for third place in the 5A-West, the Maumelle Hornets control their destiny for a playoff spot.
The Hornets (4-4) are one of four teams with 3-2 conference marks. Also sharing the third spot in league play are Morrilton, Farmington and Harrison. Alma and Greenbrier own the top spot with 4-1 records. Prior to last Friday’s 31-30 overtime loss to Farmington, Maumelle was tied with three teams for the top spot in the league. One of those teams was Harrison, who lost 35-34 to Alma, and the Hornets host the Goblins on Friday. Both teams are riding two-game losing streaks so one team will stop that skid and makes its position better for a playoff spot. Farmington finishes the season with Morrilton and Harrison while Morrilton ends the season with Clarksville.
The Hornets scooted out to a 20-lead with 3:15 remaining in the first half before the Cardinals (4-4) scored two quick touchdowns in the final 1:42 seconds to move to within, 20-14, at the half. The only scoring in the third quarter was a safety by Farmington to move the score to 20-16 after three periods. Farmington scored 10 seconds in the fourth quarter to take a 23-20 lead before Maumelle knotted the contest at 23-all with 4:09 remaining on Daniel Wheelers’ 37-yard field goal.
In the overtime period, the Hornets scored first and kicked the extra point. The Cardinals answered with a touchdown but opted to go for the 2-point conversion which was good to seal the victory.
The Hornets piled up 280 rushing yards and 167 passing yards. Antavius Henderson was the leading rusher with 142 yards on 23 attempts with two scores. Darius Thompson also tallied two touchdowns and 84 yards on nine totes. Connor McCullough passed for 122 yards on 10-of-21 passing with two interceptions. Twaun Simmons was the leading receiver with two catches for 44 yards.