Morrilton High School Athletics


Recap of Friday's game against Clarksville


Sophomore quarterback Jacolby Criswell passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and the Morrilton High School football team won its fifth consecutive game, 34-6, over Clarksville in the regular season finale Friday night on Senior Night at Devil Dog Stadium. The Devil Dogs were stagnant much of the night, but took advantage of two Panther turnovers and good field position to pull away for the decisive win. A week after rushing for a season-high 363 yards, the Devil Dogs managed just 82 yards on the ground, led by sophomore Xaviar Clemons who had 41 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Senior Laken Dillard was the leading receiver with 139 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. Junior Mason Adams had six receptions for 62 yards. Senior Tory Criswell had caught four passes for 44 yards, including the Dixon Family Dental Big Smile Play of the Game, a 24-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter. Junior kicker Jesus Arias was two-for-two on field goals, including a 34-yarder, and four-of-four on extra points to earn Colton's Offensive Player of the Game honors. Junior Garrett Hendrix had eight tackles and was named the Colton's Defensive Player of the Game. With a 5-2 record, the Devil Dogs finish in a four-way tie for first place in the 5A West. That's because Maumelle upset Alma, 35-31. That, along with Greenbrier's 34-6 victory over Vilonia and Harrison's 42-24 win over Farmington, means that Morrilton, Alma, Greenbrier and Harrison all claim a share of the conference championship. There was a lot of confusion after the game about how the four teams would be seeded for the postseason, but the Arkansas Activities Association met Saturday morning and confirmed that Morrilton will be the #4 seed from the conference and will travel to Watson Chapel this week in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs.