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11/01/2014

Lions' offense too much for Bombers

The Searcy Lions scored two quick touchdowns late in the first quarter, and added another early in the second to erase an early Mountain Home lead en route to an 55-28 victory over the Bombers on Friday night at Lions Stadium.

Mountain Home drops to 0-9 on the year and 0-6 in 7A/6A-East Conference play. The Bombers wrap up their season on Friday night when they host West Memphis for Senior Night.

The Bombers held a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter when Searcy made its move.

Luke Dixon jumpstarted Searcy with a 19-yard run, and a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Bombers took the ball to the Mountain Home 30. After a 9-yard run by Dixon, Andrew Neaville hit Rivers Ridout with a 21-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14-14.

Searcy immediately forced Mountain Home into a three-and-out, and a miscue in the kicking game cost the Bombers dearly.

Punting from their own 31, the snap went awry, and Zane Walker's punt was partially blocked. The Lions recovered at the Bomber 11 and scored two plays later on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Neaville to Dixon and the Lions were off and running with a 21-14 lead.

Searcy sent its lead to 28-14 with 8:54 left in the second quarter when Neaville connected with Ridout once more for a 37-yard score. The drive took just four plays and covered 54 yards after a Mountain Home turnover on downs.

The Lions scored once more in the second quarter when Neaville hit Wallace Robinson with a deep ball for a 62-yard touchdown. Qualls' PAT kick pushed the lead to 35-14.

Mountain Home found the scoreboard just before halftime when Walker raced 53 yards to paydirt with just :51 left in the first half. Hernandez's kick was the true and the Bombers trailed 35-21 at the halftime break.

The Bombers made one last push to get back in the ballgame after coming up with a defensive stop to start the second half.

Mountain Home took over at its own 36 after a turnover on downs and got a big 16-yard pass from Walker to Charlie Grissum to move the ball into Searcy territory. Walker added a big 23-yard run for a first down at the Searcy 5, and Mountain Home found the end zone with a 10-yard pass from Walker to Marcus May. Hernandez drilled the PAT kick, and the Bombers were within seven at 35-28.

The Bombers came up with one more defensive stop in the third quarter but were forced into a three-and-out, and Searcy slammed the door.

Dixon scored on a 3-yard run with :40 left in the third quarter and picked up a 5-yard pass from Neaville to boost the lead to 47-28. Searcy finished off the game's scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion by Dixon for the 55-28 finale.

For the second straight week, Mountain Home got to a fast start offensively to grab the early lead in the ballgame.

The Bombers scored just four plays into the ballgame when Zane Walker raced into the end zone from 36 yards out on a quarterback keeper. Jose Hernandez's PAT kick made it 7-0 just 1:52 into the game.

It didn't take long for Searcy to answer as the Lions drove 60 yards on nine plays to tie the score on Luke Dixon's 3-yard plunge and Michael Qualls' PAT kick.

Mountain Home answered with another strong drive to regain the lead.

Walker fueled this drive, getting things started with completions of 1 and 19 yards to Drew Strope. Walker began to use his legs with 29 yards rushing on six carries, and Strope finished things off with a 13-yard run for a 14-7 lead.

Searcy outgained Mountain Home 534-301 in total offense for the contest.

Neaville was an stellar 17 of 22 passing for 306 yards and five touchdowns for the Lions. Dixon topped the century mark on the ground with 109 yards as Searcy ran 44 times for 228 yards. Anthony Arnold came off the bench to rush for 89 yards for the Lions.

Mountain Home had 38 rushes for 196 yards, led by Walker's 25 carries for 135 yards. Walker threw for one touchdown and ran for two more. Strope had 38 yards rushing on five attempts and Dakota Sutterfield ran eight times for 22 yards. Walker was 13 of 24 passing for 105 yards.

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