|Lonoke receiver Braidon Bryant hauls in a touchdown pass over Carlisle's Jasean Harper in the first quarter of the Jackrabbits' win over the Bison. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
CARLISLE — The official Taggart Moore era of Lonoke Jackrabbits football started off with a rousing opening act.
The Jackrabbits scored early and often in beating the Carlisle Bison 42-6 at Fred C. Hardke Field on Friday night.
Moore, who was 1-5 as the interim coach following the resignation of Doug Bost following Week 4 of the 2016 season, was hired earlier this spring to be the permanent replacement.
The Jackrabbits were ready for this showdown with their Highway 70 rival.
Carlisle won the opening coin toss but deferred to the second half. The Jackrabbits then drove 65 yards in seven plays with Daniel Seigrist throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Braidon Bryant on a fourth-down play with 9:12 left in the first quarter. Nick Tate kicked the first of six extra points.
Carlisle was forced to punt on its first possession. Lonoke’s Xavier Hodge then ran for 38 yards to the Bison 15. Two plays later, Hodge scored on a 5-yard run with 7:11 left.
After another Bison punt, Lonoke pushed the lead to 21-0 on a 51-yard scoring strike from Seigrist to Bryant with 3:38 left in the first quarter.
The Bison finally got something going on its next possession following a 10-yard run by Ian Seidenschwarz but the Bison turned the ball over on downs. That led to Hodge scoring on a 45-yard run with 7:10 left in the first half to make the score 28-0.
Lonoke’s final score of the half came on a fade rout from Seigrist to De’Angelo Noid in the back right corner of the end zone with 7:10 left in the first half.
Seigrist got in the on the act, scoring on a 25-yard run with 6:42 left in the third quarter.
Carlisle’s lone score came on a 1-yard run by Davarius Allen with 11:56 left in the game.
Allen led the Bison with 42 yards rushing on 13 carries. Seidenschwarz had 33 yards on nine carries.
Hodge led the Jackrabbits with 147 yards rushing on 12 carries. Seigrist completed 6 of 9 passes for 109 yards. Bryant caught three passes for 86 yards.
Michael Hodges led Lonoke with eight tackles.
Lonoke will host Beebe next Friday at James B. Abraham Stadium while Carlisle will travel to DeWitt.