Ray runs for two touchdowns, Schlinker throws for two more.
With Carson Ray running for two touchdowns and Evan Schlinker throwing for two more, the Booneville Bearcats won a battle of unbeaten teams in Lamar Friday night, 28-7.
The win clinched at least a share of Booneville’s 34th conference title, along with the top seed from the 3A-1 in the Class 3A playoffs that will begin on Nov. 9.
Following a Noah Reyes blocked punt, Ray gave the Bearcats (9-0, 6-0) a 7-0 lead with 3:11 left in the first half and, with 21 seconds to go in the half, Schlinker hit Ethan Dobbs for 16 yards and a core to make it 13-0.
Ray, who ran 24 times for 175 yards, went 39 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the third quarter and he also added a 2-point conversion for a 21-0 lead.
Lamar (8-1, 5-1) used a blocked punt and a 2-yard run by Jacob Palmeter to make it 21-7 with 4:02 to play.
The 2-yard drive was the highlight for the Warriors, who gained only 129 total yards and only 23 in the second half.
Michael Hesson recovered an onside kick attempt to set up a 58-yard scoring drive to finish off the Warriors. Hesson also had a hand in that, catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from Schlinker to make it 28-7 with 2:06 to play.
Hesson had three catches for 47 yards as Schlinker, who was intercepted in the second quarter, was 5-of-10 on the night for 65 yards and his 10th and 11th touchdown passes of the season.
Mountainburg 40 Rattlers 8
Magazine (4-4, 3-2 Conference 2A-4) saw its hopes for a conference title dashed Friday in Mountainburg as the Dragons built a 32-0 halftime lead and clinched at least a share of the school’s first conference title.
Caleb Hyatt accounted for the Rattler touchdown and Kobe Faughn added the 2-point conversion.