Oak Hill stops conversion to beat West Memphis

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BRIAN HAMILTON
DAILY TIMES LEADER

The Oak Hill Academy Raiders narrowly edged the West Memphis Christian Black Knights 14-13 on Friday night. After a scoreless first half, John Carver Middleton tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Black Knights would answer as quarterback Parker Benson threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Hatcher to tie the game at 7-7.

Middleton found the end zone again late in the third quarter, but this time with his legs; running for a 61-yard touchdown to put Oak Hill ahead 14-7.

Benson would score what appeared to be the game-tying touchdown on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter. However, West Memphis went for the win, but the two-point conversion failed, giving the Raiders a 14-13 win.

The quarterbacks led the way for both teams, as Oak Hill’s Middleton threw for 48 yards on 4-of-10 passing along with one touchdown and one interception. Middleton also ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. West Memphis' Benson threw for 81 yards and a touchdown on 6-for-20 passing night. Benson also ran for 65 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Junior Ethan Bryan ran for 57 yards on 11 carries, while Daniel Harrington caught three passes for 10 yards for the Raiders. The Black Knights’ Thomas Warren ran for 37 yards on nine carries and Malik Barrow ran the ball seven times for 23 yards.

Defensively, Jaden Cravens’ eight tackles and two tackles for loss led Oak Hill, while Mason Shidler had nine tackles with four tackles for loss for West Memphis.

The Raiders (6-2, 2-1) will travel to Holly Springs on Friday to take on region foe Marshall Academy in a de-facto region championship game.

Marshall Academy is 3-0 in region play and has won seven straight after dropping their opener to Lee Academy. If Oak Hill wins Friday night, they will win the region outright. If the Raiders lose, they will end up in a three-way tie for second place in Region 1 with Winona Christian and Central Holmes Christian.

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