Four touchdowns in the final eight minutes — three, including two by the defense, in the final three minutes — skewed the score. De Queen’s junior high football team’s season ended with a 50-14 loss to Magnolia in a game that was much closer than the score indicated.
Two controversial decisions by game officials, a call and a non-call, in the first four plays of the game helped put the Cubs in a two TD hole.
With the aid of what appeared to be an obvious block in the back, Magnolia’s Garrion Curry broke free for a 64 yard touchdown on the game’s second play from scrimmage.
Tye Lindsey returned the ensuing kick-off to the Cub 29, but lost the ball on a fumble which may have come after he was down, but Magnolia was awarded the ball inside the De Queen 30.
Curry’s second TD put the visitors up 13-0 with only 1:48 elapsed off the clock.
Fumbles frustrated De Queen the entire game. Manny Hernandez intercepted a Panther pass at the Cub 17 and returned it to the 43. A personal foul moved the ball to the Magnolia 42. The Cubs picked up a first down at the 29. A fumble on third down made it fourth and 14 then a sack ended the drive.
In the second period, De Queen got inside the Magnolia five before losing another fumble.
After Curry scored again, Lindsey blocked the PAT attempt. Monroe Barnett returned the following kick-off from the Cub 43 to the 48.
Donyea Whitmore ran for a first down. A face mask penalty on the tackle moved the ball to the Magnolia 14. Whitmore scored over left guard on first and goal at the four. A try for two was stopped, leaving Magnolia up 19-6 with :27 in the half.
Ezequiel Escobedo covered the second half kickoff at the De Queen 35. The Cubs mounted a 65 yard drive, all on the ground. Whitmore ran behind Kane Faulkenbury and Payne Thornton to score on a three yard run. The same play worked for a two point conversion that got the Cubs within 19-14 with 5:14 to go in the third quarter.
An onside kick attempt failed, leaving Magnolia with the ball at midfield. The possession ended with Curry scoring from the five. A pass for two put the Panthers up 27-14 with 1:16 in the third.
No one scored again until 3:01 remained in the game when Curry scored on a five yard run. With a 35-14 lead, the visitors got two freakish TD’s in the last 2:42. A Cub fumble bounced out of a crowd to Taahir Banks who ran in it in from 20 yards out.
On the next possession another fumble sailed straight to Banks in the air for another easy TD.