Top stars, best performances in Week 3 of Arkansas high school football

Week 3 of Arkansas high school football featured numerous standout performances in most teams’ last tune-up games before league play.

Here are the top performances that caught our attention across the state on Friday, Sept. 11. Tag us on Twitter or Instagram @sbliveark if we missed anyone. We’ll update the post with more top performances as more official numbers come in.

Braden Jay, Cabot WR

Jay got Cabot off to a strong start with three touchdowns in the first half. Two came on offense and one was a 92-yard kickoff return. Cabot beat El Dorado 41-23.

Tyler Gee, Cabot QB

Gee threw for four touchdowns in the Panthers’ victory.

Connor Baker, Pocahontas RB/LB

With three rushing touchdowns in the first half, Baker helped Pocahontas jump out to a 35-0 halftime lead against Paragould.

CJ Palmer, Pocahontas WR/CB

Palmer was one of numerous Redskin defenders to have a big night. He finished with both a pick and a touchdown catch.

Derek Whiley, Pocahontas FS

Whiley nabbed two picks for Pocahontas.

Rob Mason, Pocahontas LB

Mason got two interceptions from the middle linebacker spot.

LD Richmond, Greenwood QB

Richmond led Greenwood to a surprisingly lopsided 33-0 rout of Har-Ber with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. He completed 22 of 26 passes for 247 yards.

Frederick O’Donald, North Little Rock RB

O’Donald ran for three of NLR’s five touchdowns in a 35-17 victory over Fayetteville.

Bryce McKay, Mountain Home QB

Mountain Home snapped a losing streak dating to 2017 and did it in emphatic fashion. McKay both passed and ran for 163 yards, and he finished with three total touchdowns in a 41-7 victory over Nettleton.

Gage Hershberger, Mountain Home RB

Hershberger ran for 108 yards and three scores in the Bombers’ offensive explosion.

Chris Francisco, Rogers QB

Francisco completed 15 of 19 passes for 274 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-7 victory over Stilwell (Oklahoma).

Dontrelle Robinson, Nashville RB

Robinson was one of several Scrappers to stand out in a victory over De Queen. He turned just two carries into two touchdowns and 119 yards.

Daryl Kattich, Cedarville RB

Kattich was unstoppable against Green Forest in a game that was over by halftime. In the first half, he went for 247 rushing yards, 27 receiving yards and five total touchdowns.

Garrett Brown, Benton QB

Benton put Little Rock Southwest away quickly, leading 37-0 at halftime with 342 yards of offense. Brown not only led the Panthers’ effort with 235 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, but also became Benton’s all-time leader in passing yardage.

Wesley Launius, Glen Rose QB

Launius powered Glen Rose to a 35-6 victory with four touchdown passes, three of which came in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Hunter Smith, Robinson RB/LB/DB

Smith scored the first two touchdowns for the Senators in a 36-7 rout of Marion. In addition to one rushing touchdown, he took a kickoff the full 100 yards for another touchdown. And that’s in addition to two sacks on the other end.

Michael Reed, Robinson DE

One of multiple Robinson defenders who came up big, Reed compiled a stat line of six tackles, three TFLs, two sacks, and a punt block. Fellow DE Deldrick Withers was also dominant.

Jack Cleveland, Robinson LB

Cleveland led the Senators with 10 tackles (two for loss), and had a sack.

Jordan Davis, Magnolia DB

Magnolia overcame a slow start to beat LRCA in a 52-49 thriller thanks in part to two first half interceptions by Davis. One of them was a pick-six that he took 45 yards to the house.

Garrion Curry, Magnolia RB

Curry powered Magnolia’s offense with three rushing touchdowns, well over 150 rushing yards, and a receiving touchdown.

Reid Miles, Searcy WR

Miles exploded for three receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in Searcy’s 41-25 victory over Batesville.

Alex Keilbach, Ashdown QB

In Ashdown’s 41-21 victory over Hope, Keilbach erupted for five passing touchdowns and 213 passing yards on 11-13 completion, plus a rushing TD.

Shamar Easter, Ashdown TE

Easter was the recipient of many of Keilbach’s darts, finishing with two receiving TDs and two two-point conversions.

Ja’Coree Womack, Lonoke RB

Womack was unstoppable in a 41-7 route of Beebe. He racked up three TDs and over 150 yards on the ground while also scoring a 70-yard KR touchdown.

Kam Turner, Rivercrest QB

Turner was productive in both the air and on the ground in a 41-24 victory over Valley View. He totaled 219 passing yards, 211 rushing yards, and two passing TDs. Turner also recovered a fumble for a 60-yard touchdown.

Keyshawn Scott, Rivercrest WR

Scott was good for a receiving TD, a rushing TD, and 141 receiving yards.

Tyler Williams, Central Arkansas Christian RB

Williams amassed 247 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in a 32-16 win against Carlisle.

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