The Leopards scored first, but the Trojans scored often. Visiting Hot Springs posted a 56-14 win over De Queen Oct. 9.
The Trojans received the opening kickoff, but the Leopards forced a turnover on downs to take the ball at their 38. A false start costs five yards. On the next snap Donyea Whitmore got a sizeable hole on the right side and went 67 yards to score. Bladimer Perez kicked the extra point, and the Leopards led 7-0 with 7:51 remaining in the first quarter.
The Trojans tied the game with the PAT following a 30 yard run by Kaimani Gray with 4:33 in the period. They went ahead on an 18 yard TD reception by Blake McCleland with 7:42 in the second period. It was the first of five touchdowns in the quarter to give HSHS a 42-7 halftime lead.
The Leopards’ second TD came 100 second into the third when Whitmore bolted 79 yards. Perez hit his second PAT, but it was De Queen’s final point.
Hot Springs added a touchdown in the third and a final in the fourth.
Whitmore rushed for 169 yards on 19 attempts.
Defensively Dylan Williamson recorded 11 tackles and broke up four passes.
Jesus Camacho was the primary on seven tackles and a total of 10 including two for lost yardage.
Brandon Perez made 10 stops, one for a loss. Jesus Marrufo and Kaden Ahumada each had 10 tackles as well.
Enrique Hernandez made six tackles with a sack. Dane Parsons had five tackles and broke up a pass.
Manny Hernandez, Justin Long, Charles Wood, Javian Hernandez, Joaquin Ambriz and Tye Lindsey had three stops.
Trey Brown, Robbie Fitzsimmons and Gerardo Monroy had two each. Joseph Allen and Tristan Mendoza each had one.