|Lonoke quarterback Savonte Rountree looks to call a play against Newport. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
SOUTHSIDE — The Lonoke Jackrabbits let a two-possession lead slip away as they lost to Southside Batesville 34-28 on Friday night.
The loss is Lonoke's fourth consecutive after starting the season 2-0 and being ranked No. 4 in Class 4A.
The Jackrabbits led 28-19 with 5:30 left in the game following a 63-yard touchdown run by Justin Meadows. Savonte Rountree scored the two-point conversion.
Southside pulled to within two at 28-26 when Southside quarterback Josh Millikin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Terran Harper with with 3:05 left.
The Southerners then recovered an onside kick at the Lonoke 40. Southside's Levi Ervin ran 30 yards to the Lonoke 10. On the next play, Dallas Hill scored a touchdown to give the Southerners the lead. Mason Anderson scored the two-point conversion to make the score 34-28.
Lonoke got the ball at its own 33. Rountree then completed two passes two Josh Coleman, which gained 25 yards.
After an incomplete pass, Rountree ran 3 yards to the Lonoke 48. Two incomplete passes gave the ball back to the Southerners, who ran out the clock to get the win.
Lonoke took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Coleman.
Southside took a 7-6 lead with 8 seconds left in the first half. Millikin threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Chambers. Jesus Salas kicked the extra point.
Southside pushed its lead to 13-6 on a 6-yard run by Anderson early in the third quarter. Lonoke pulled to within one at 13-12 on a 37-yard run by Rountree.
The Jackrabbits led 20-13 early in the fourth quarter on a 26-yard run by Gabe Rooney. Meadows scored the two-point conversion.
Southside cut the lead to 20-19 on a 13-yard run by Hill.
Xavier Hodge led Lonoke with 123 yards rushing on 17 carries. Rountree had 89 yards on 10 carries. Meadows had 82 yards on 5 carries.
Ethan Holland led Lonoke with 11 tackles. Rooney had 10. Ricky Nichols had 5.
Lonoke will attempt to break its four-game skid when it travels to West Helena to take on the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.