Arkansas High Beats Rival Texas High for First Time in 13 Years, 20-14, in Overtime
[By Josh Richert, Special to ETSN.fm]
TEXARKANA — Senior tailback Andrew Bishop raced 25 yards on Arkansas High’s first offensive play of overtime to end the Razorbacks’ 13-year winless streak against cross-town Texarkana rival Texas High, the Hogs pulling off a 20-14 upset in the 100th meeting between the football teams.
The Tigers (0-2) failed to move the chains on their overtime possession and a 40-yard field goal came up short.
Arkansas High took over the ball for its drive, and Bishop broke free to the second level and through three would-be tacklers en route to walking in for the game-winning touchdown. He finished with 22 carries for 91 yards.
Neither team was able to manage much offensively. The Tigers hit one big play to tie the game with 2:30 left, just 20 seconds after the Razorbacks took their first lead on a passing TD following a fumble recovery.
The defenses dominated much of the rest of the game, Arkansas finishing with 111 yards of total offense and Texas managing 178.
The first two scores were both fumbles returned for touchdowns.
Tigers junior Dee Jones snatched up a fumble on an Arkansas short pass and raced 10 yards for the opening strike with 7:37 left in the game.
Texas High took over at its 5 on its next possession, but five plays later the ball was dropped and Hogs senior Stacy Moss scooped up the ball and romped 19 yards for the tying score with 4:20 left in the opening period.
The teams finished the first quarter with a combined 16 yards of offense, Arkansas having negative-5 yards at the first break and just 12 at halftime.
After Arkansas defensive end Nicholas McCann forced and recovered a fumble in Tiger territory, Bishop had four straight runs, and quarterback Bailey Spraywell found a wide-open tight end Kylar Nowlin on a throw-back screen. Nowlin picked up two blocks and plunged into the corner of the end zone with 2:50 left in the game for the Razorbacks’ first lead.
Two plays into the ensuing Tiger drive, Jarion Anderson got free down the middle, and sophomore quarterback Cade Pearson hit him for a 61-yard strike to knot the score.
In 2007 the teams tied 17-all at Razorback Stadium, made possible by a rule in Arkansas preventing overtime in non-conference games. Other than that season, Arkansas High’s last win in the series came in 2000.