The Arkadelphia Junior High Badgers had no trouble with Hot Springs Thursday night as they handed the Trojans a 53-14 decision Thursday night at Badger Stadium.

The Arkadelphia Junior High Badgers had no trouble with Hot Springs Thursday night as they handed the Trojans a 53-14 decision Thursday night at Badger Stadium.
The Trojans struck first when Isaac Shelor reached the end zone from one yard out with 1:09 remaining in the first. The attempted a two-point conversion, but were unsuccessful as they held a 6-0 lead.
The Badgers quickly responded as Buster Thomas rushed into the end zone from 41 yards out just as time was expiring to mark the end of the first period of play. Eric Cervantes connected on the PAT as the Badgers went up 7-6.
Arkadelphia would remain in the driver’s seat for the rest of the night as Thomas would score another touchdown with 5:34 remaining in the half. The extra point kick by Cervantes was good as the Badgers would go up 14-6.
After marching the ball to the 29-yard line, Shelor was sacked by Arkadelphia’s Christian Kirkley for a four-yard loss.
A fumble on the Trojan 22-yard line was recovered by Arkadelphia’s Braylon Bailey with 4:12 remaining in the half.
Kelin Nelson racked up 11 yards for the Badgers before being taken down by Don Harris. Nelson gained eight more yards before being stopped by Jeremiah Kidd.
Nelson managed to find his way into the end zone from five yards out to put the Badgers up 20-6. The PAT was good as Arkadelphia took a 21-6.
The Badgers were not finished as Payton Byrd rushed 52 yards into the end zone following a pass from Thomas with 1:08 remaining in the half. The extra point kick by Cervantes was good, and the Badgers took at 28-6 lead going into halftime.
Arkadelphia received the ball at their 38-yard line to start the third quarter.
Nelson rushed 31 yards for a touchdown with 7:28 remaining. The PAT was no good, and the Badgers enjoyed a 34-6 cushion.
Three minutes later, the Badgers struck again on a 26-yard touchdown by Drew Rodgers with 4:25 remaining. The extra point kick was no good as Arkadelphia went up 40-6.
Jaishon Davis gave the Badgers an additional six points following a touchdown with 5:23 remaining in the third quarter. The extra-point attempt by Elias Vidal was no good as the score remained 46-6 in favor of Arkadelphia.
The Trojans scored their first points since the first quarter when Harris scored a touchdown with 2:04 remaining. The two-point conversion was good as the Trojans narrowed the margin 46-14.
A touchdown by Arkadelphia’s Kyler Phifer from 17 yards out with 31 seconds remaining in the game, followed by a successful PAT by Cervantes put the icing on the cake for the Badgers as they walked off of AllCare Field with the victory.
“Last week, we came out a little soft on defense and it kind of cost us against Camden-Fairview at the beginning of the game. This week, again, we came out a little soft, but somehow we turned up the volume a little bit,” said Arkadelphia Junior High Head Coach Drew Loe.
According to Loe, his team played a team effort Thursday night.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the whole team,” said Loe.
Given the fact that his team had a short practice week due to the Labor Day holiday, Loe said the Badgers worked hard on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Badgers are on the road Thursday night as they travel to Magnolia for one junior high ball game.