GCT holds off Nettleton

PARAGOULD — David Williams ran for three touchdowns and Greene County Tech’s defense stopped Nettleton inside the final minute Friday night as the Golden Eagles edged the Raiders 28-21 in 5A-East conference football.

Quarterback Christian Barber also scored for GCT (5-2, 3-1 conference).

Nettleton (3-4, 2-2 conference) struck first on Cameron Scarlett’s 40-yard run with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter. Williams had the answer for the Eagles as he scored on a 6-yard run later in the period, tying the game 7-7 after the extra point.

Barber scored on a 2-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the second quarter to give GCT a 14-7 halftime lead. Williams boosted the lead to 21-7 when he scored on a 28-yard run in the third quarter.

Scarlett capped a Raider touchdown drive on a 1-yard run with 7:50 left in the third quarter. Nettleton came up with a stop defensively as GCT missed a short field goal attempt in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders could not capitalize and Williams scored on a 59-yard run with 6:19 to play.

Scarlett’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Tolley brought Nettleton within a touchdown with 3:10 remaining, but GCT recovered the onside kick. Blake Brown’s interception gave the Raiders the ball at their 28 with 47 seconds to play, but Shad Vaughan’s interception at the Eagle 33 sealed the outcome with 32 seconds to play.

Scarlett finished with 156 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, followed by Koby Bradley with 63 yards on nine carries.

Scarlett was 5-of-15 passing for 57 yards, with Tolley catching four passes for 50 yards.

Paragould snaps losing streak

FORREST CITY — Paragould put an end to a 16-game losing streak Friday night by thrashing Forrest City 35-0 in 5A-East football.

Nick Ashby scored three touchdowns to lead the Rams (1-6, 1-3 conference) to their first victory since the 2018 season finale. Ashby scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter and on an 11-yard run in the second. Darion Norris scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter as the Rams took a 21-0 halftime lead.

Ashby scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter and Norris added the last touchdown on another 1-yard run.

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