The Arkadelphia Badgers improved their overall and conference record with a 44-26 win over the Ashdown Panthers Friday night.

The Arkadelphia Badgers improved their overall and conference record with a 44-26 win over the Ashdown Panthers Friday night.
With the win, the Badgers improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in conference action. Currently, the Badgers are ranked second in the Class 7-4A conference and in Class 4A behind Joe T. Robinson in both categories. They are also ranked 17th overall in the state.
Arkadelphia’s Lorenzo Lawson recovered an Ashdown fumble at Arkadelphia’s 24 yard-line with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter.
Logan Lucas broke free to advance to ball to the Badger 41, before being stopped by Ashdown’s Detravion Green.
A face mask penalty against the Panthers eventually gave the Badgers a 1st down at the Ashdown 48.
Quarterback Cannon Turner found Alec Ruble down the field. Ruble was stopped by Green at the Panther 11.
Arkadelphia’s Zion Hatley eventually broke free and found his way into the end zone to give Arkadelphia their first touchdown of the night. Gabe Goodman’s PAT was good to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter.
The Panthers got on the board during the opening moments of the second quarter when Green scored on an 18-yard rush into the end zone. The PAT by John Michale Molock tied the game at 7.
A touchdown by Arkadelphia’s Carson Harris put the Badgers up 13-7, but an 82-yard rush by Green, followed by a PAT by Molock put the Panthers ahead 14-13 with 9:25 remaining in the half.
Arkadelphia took the lead late in the second quarter and never looked back when Turner eased into the end zone from several yards out. Patrick Dobbins connected on a two-point conversion attempt to give Arkadelphia a 21-14 cushion.
The Badgers were not finished as Victor Tademy intercepted an Ashdown pass from 12 yards out and returned it into the end zone for a touchdown with 2:02 remaining. Goodman’s PAT was good to put Arkadelphia up 28-14.
The Panthers bridged the gap with a touchdown with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter. The extra-point kick was no good as Ashdown managed to trail 28-20.
The Badgers scored late in the third quarter when Harris scored his second touchdown for the night. Goodman’s kick found its way through the uprights to put the Badgers up 35-20.
Ashdown’s Shuntori Montue managed to tack on an additional six points for the Panthers when he scored on a 10-yard rush. Arkadelphia’s Dillion Scott blocked the extra-point attempt as Ashdown trailed 35-26.
Arkadelphia’s Turner was stopped short of a first down to bring up a 4th-and-1, and the Badgers were forced to punt. The ball rolled to Ashdown’s one-yard line with 6:42 remaining in the game.
After an incomplete pass forced by Carlos Haynie, Rickey Rogers Jr. managed to tackle Ashdown’s Brett Bond in the end zone for a safety to give Arkadelphia a 37-26 advantage.
Hatley sealed the game on a 10-yard touchdown rush with 4:17 remaining. Goodman’s PAT was good as the Badgers held on to a 44-26 win.
Arkadelphia will be on the road this Friday to take on the Bauxite Miners who are coming off a 42-14 loss to Robinson.