The Malvern Leopards were simply no match for the Arkadelphia Badgers as they fell 66-6 at Badger Stadium Friday night.

The Malvern Leopards were simply no match for the Arkadelphia Badgers as they fell 66-6 at Badger Stadium Friday night.
The Badgers closed the first period of play with a 36-0 lead over the Leopards. Senior Logan Lucas put Arkadelphia on the scoreboard first. After an unsuccessful attempt at a two-point conversion, the Badgers took a 6-0 lead with 10:42 remaining in the first quarter.
Arkadelphia’s Josh Wallace managed to recover the ball on the kickoff at the Malvern 32 yard line. Badger running back Zion Hatley was stopped short of the end zone by Malvern’s Jaquarrion Thomas.
Josh Burnham rushed into the end zone from one yard out. Gabe Goodman’s PAT was good to give Arkadelphia a 13-point lead with 10:06 remaining.
Arkadelphia’s Jayson Campbell recovered a Malvern fumble on the kickoff at the Leopards own 24 yard line.
After several attempts at advancing the ball down the field, the Leopards eventually took over at their own 22. Malvern was forced to punt on a 4th-and-7. The ball landed at the Malvern 33 after an 8-yard punt.
Burnham got his second touchdown of the night. Goodman’s kick was good as the Badgers took a 20-point lead.
A safety courtesy of a Malvern player, followed by a 61-yard rush for a touchdown by Dillion Scott put the Badgers up 28-0. Goodman’s PAT gave Arkadelphia a 29-0 cushion.
A Hatley touchdown, followed by the extra point quarter gave the Badgers a 36-0 advantage.
Goodman gave the Badgers an extra three points with 8:44 remaining in the second quarter when his 39-yard field goal attempt split the uprights.
Thomas managed to break free and advance the ball down the field from the Malvern 21 for a touchdown. The PAT was blocked by Arkadelphia’s Scott as the Leopards avoided the shutout.
Lucas scored his second touchdown of the evening, followed by the PAT with 5:55 remaining in the first half.
Scott intercepted a Malvern pass and returned the ball to the Leopard 47-yard line. Sophomore running back Earnest Young rushed to the 9-yard line. He was then stopped by Malvern’s Jashon Dawn at the 6-yard line.
Quarterback Cannon Turner found Alec Ruble who eased into the end zone. The PAT was good as Arkadelphia went up 53-6.
The Badgers scored again in the third quarter when Garrett Collie landed on the ball in the end zone. The extra point kick by Ethan Savage was good to give Arkadelphia a 59-6 advantage.
Freshman quarterback Buster Thomas rushed 27 yards for a touchdown with 9:44 remaining in the game. The PAT was no good as the Badgers cruised to the 60-point win.
The Badgers will begin playoff action this Friday as the second seed from the Class 4A-7 conference against the Central Cougars of Helena-West Helena.
The Cougars, who are the fifth seed from the Class 4A-2 conference, will bring an overall record of 6-4 with them to Arkadelphia.
Kickoff from Badger Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.