Morrilton High School Athletics



The Morrilton High School football team dropped its third game in a row and fell to 0-2 in 5A West conference play with a 38-31 loss to Greenbrier Friday night at Devil Dog Stadium. The Morrilton defense had no answer for the Panthers, who controlled the ball with over 38 minutes of possession, racking up 32 first downs and accumulating 476 yards of offense. After neither team scored in the first quarter, the Panthers jumped to a 21-0 lead, which the Devil Dogs could not overcome. Morrilton found the endzone twice in the final three-and-a-half minutes of the first half, once on a 16-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jacolby Criswell and a 32-yard pass from Jacolby Criswell to senior Tory Criswell and trailed, 28-14, at halftime. The Criswell brothers would hook up two other times for touchdowns in the second half - a two-yard slant in the third quarter and a 24-yard pass with ten minutes remaining. That touchdown cut the Panther lead to 35-28 and became the Dixon Family Dental Big Smile Play of the Game. After the teams exchanged punts, the Panthers would put the game away with a 23-yard field goal from Ethan Hall to cap a 12-play, four-minute-45-second drive. The Devil Dogs would get a 35-yard field goal from junior Jesus Arias with three seconds left, but failed to recover the onside kick attempt, ending any hope of a miracle finish. The Devil Dogs go on the road this week to face Alma. The Airedales beat Farmington, 42-18, on Friday.