LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Dillion Scott singlehandedly tackled Warren’s Treylon Burks on the 8-yard line with three seconds remaining and then intercepted a pass in the end zone to clinch a 28-27 victory for the Arkadelphia Badgers and the school’s first state championship since 1987.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Dillion Scott singlehandedly tackled Warren’s Treylon Burks on the 8-yard line with three seconds remaining and then intercepted a pass in the end zone to clinch a 28-27 victory for the Arkadelphia Badgers and the school’s first state championship since 1987.
An 81-yard pass from Cannon Turner to Alec Lewis gave the Badgers a 28-27 lead with just 3:19 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon.
Warren, however, drove right back down the field and seemed likely to reclaim its lead until Scott’s tackle with nine seconds remaining.
Warren had no timeouts remaining and it looked as if the clock were going to expire until a Warren student walked onto the field, prompting the Little Rock police to arrest him and the officials to stop the clock. The officials charged Warren with a 15-yard penalty and reset the game clock to 12 seconds, where it stood before Scott’s tackle. Scott negated the extra opportunity at a score, however, by intercepting a pass in the end zone and allowing Turner to kneel the remaining four seconds off the game clock.
“It feels incredible,” said Gatorade-soaked J.R. Eldridge after the game. “What we talked about with our kids earlier was laying on the field, exhausted and victorious: it’s the best feeling you can have.”
Dillion Scott looked down in the third quarter after he was beat twice for long touchdowns at the cornerback position by Warren’s star receiver, but came back in the fourth quarter to make the two biggest plays in the game. Scott also blocked an extra point in the second quarter. The blocked extra point proved to be the difference in the game.
“He is one of the biggest competitors I have ever coached in my life,” Eldridge said of Scott. “That huge tackle, he did that exact same thing against Parker Ross when he was a sophomore to help us win in the quarterfinals. He’s done it every single year that he’s been playing for us. I’m so proud of the way he played.”
Cannon Turner earned MVP honors in the game. The sophomore quarterback completed 10 of 17 passes for a season-high 281 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 20 times for 56 yards and a touchdown. Turner’s favorite targets Saturday afternoon were Logan Lucas and Alec Lewis. The seniors accumulated 108 receiving yards each.
“I thought our quarterback did an excellent job,” Eldridge said. “Even up the latter, I thought our offense coordinator, Casey Moreland, did an excellent job of calling plays and setting things up so our passing game could open up. So Cannon really was able to execute those calls and kept his head – he’s only a sophomore – and put in an unbelievable performance.”
While the offense performed well, it was the defense who won the game for the Badgers. Arkadelphia’s defense was tasked with stopping Warren’s five-star athlete, Treylon Burks. Burks finished the game with over 300 total yards and four touchdowns, but the Arkadelphia defense wore him down and made him much less effective in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore linebacker Kyron Harrison led the Badger defense with 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Junior linebacker Josh Wallace had 13 total tackles, while seniors Josh Burnham and Scott had six tackles each.
“The bottom line is, for us, all year long we’ve won as a team,” Eldridge said. “We’ve won on offense, defense and special teams. When one wasn’t doing great, the other one picked up for them. We did the same thing tonight. Our coaching staff did an excellent job in preparation for this game.”
The Badgers opened the game with the ball and were able to drive into Warren territory but were stopped on fourth down and forced to give the ball to the Lumberjacks. Warren’s offense showed its experience by driving 65 yards in two plays for a touchdown to give themselves a 7-0 lead with 7:31 remaining in the first quarter.
Warren forced Arkadelphia to turn the ball over on fourth down once again on its next offensive possession and looked to be on a good drive towards the end zone when Arkadelphia’s Harrison knocked the football out of a Warren receiver’s hands.
An ensuing fumble return by Ricky Rogers Jr. gave Arkadelphia the football on the five-yard line and the game’s momentum. Just two plays later, Zion Hatley took the ball in the endzone from five yards out to tie the game at 7 heading into the second quarter.
Arkadelphia came up with a stop on Warren’s next drive and then went on an eight-play, 96-yard touchdown drive fueled by a 79-yard pass from Turner to Lucas. The pass set up Turner to sneak the ball into the end zone from one yard out.
After forcing another punt, Arkadelphia’s offense drove to the end zone again. This time Josh Burnham capped off the drive with a one-yard rush and gave Arkadelphia a 21-7 lead with 3:28 remaining in the third quarter.
Warren had enough time to go on one more drive, however, and this one was fueled by Treylon Burks’ running from the wildcat. Burks capped off a 76-yard drive with 21 seconds remaining in the first half by running the ball in from two yards out. The ensuing extra point was blocked by Scott and the Badgers held a 21-13 lead heading into halftime.
The third quarter was dominated by Warren. On the Lumberjacks’ first play in the quarter, they found Treylon Burks for a 53-yard touchdown reception.
Then, after forcing a punt from Arkadelphia, they found Burks once again on a 91-yard touchdown reception to give themselves a 27-21 lead with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter.
The two teams would be in a defensive showdown for the rest of third and much of the fourth quarter until Lewis broke the deadlock with his 81-yard touchdown reception to give Arkadelphia a 28-27 lead with 3:19 remaining. Dillion Scott’s defensive stops on the next drive ensured the Badgers’ victory.
In addition to securing its first state championship since 1987, the win gave Arkadelphia its third state championship overall. The Badgers are now 3-2 in state championship games.