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September 4, 2013TweetFollow @LukeMatheson Follow @arkansasvarsity
LITTLE ROCK - The 2013 First Security Kickoff Classic featured two exciting games at War Memorial Stadium Tuesday night as Little Rock Christian defeated Hot Springs Lakeside 39-35 in the first game, and Central Arkansas Christian defeated Stuttgart 48-40 in the night cap.
Central Arkansas Christian and Stuttgart would battle back and forth all night, but a big performance by quarterback Jack Thomas would help propel the Mustangs to the win.
Thomas would throw six touchdown passes to earn MVP honors in the game.
"I was just really proud of our guys," said CAC head coach Tommy Shoemaker. "It was a really tough ball game and my hat is off to Stuttgart. They played really well, and there were times they could have given up, but they kept battling back. Our kids just kept answering."
"We didn't play well on offense in the first half," Shoemaker continued. "We kept making some mistakes that really didn't give us a chance, but we didn't do that in the second half. We had a lot of guys making plays. Adam Weiner and Stephan Flannigan, and Jack Thomas made some great throws. All of those guys did a great job, and our offensive line really stepped up in the second half."
Stuttgart would strike first at the 9:58 point in the first quarter on a one-yard run. The PAT was no good as the Ricebirds took an early 6-0 lead.
It would only take CAC a couple of minutes to answer, as Thomas hooked up with Stephan Flannigan from 13 yard out with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter. The Mustangs would take the 7-6 lead with the successful PAT.
Stuttgart would score again with 2:12 to play in the quarter as Jacob Clawson found pay dirt from nine yards out. The Ricebirds would attempt a two-point conversion, but failed on the attempt.
Thomas would connect with talented wide receiver Adam Weiner for their first of two touchdown receptions with 3:53 remaining in the first half, as Weiner took it in from 40-yards out. The Mustangs attempted a successful two-point conversion to give them a 15-12 lead.
"Weiner is one of those kids that just blossomed," said Shoemaker. "Over the off-season he grew five inches and put on 40 pounds. He just finally grew into his frame, and he is just a great weapon because he is such a mismatch and a physical kid. He has helped us to become a completely different team offensively."
Tyler Luster would lead the Ricebirds with three rushing touchdowns, but his efforts would not be enough as the Mustangs held off a late fourth quarter drive to seal the victory.
Little Rock Christian 39, Lakeside 35In the first game of the evening, quarterback Houston Angel's big night helped to propel Little Rock Christian to a 39-35 victory over Hot Springs Lakeside. Angel would rush for one touchdown and throw for three in the Warriors victory.
Lakeside would strike first in this one, and quarterback Garrett Carson connected with Ryan Crumpton for an 82-yard score on the second play of the game. The PAT gave the Rams the early 7-0 advantage.
Hunter McFarland would put the Warriors in the board with 6:24 to play in the first quarter as he scored from 14-yards out. The PAT was no good, and the Rams retained a 7-6 lead.
Carson and Crumpton would connect again from 32-yards out with 3:39 left in the quarter. The PAT would give the Rams a 14-6 advantage.
Return man Paxton Thomas would find running room on the ensuing kickoff, and returned it all the way down to the Lakeside eight yard line. Angel would score his first touchdown of the night with 2:21 remaining in the quarter on a five-yard run.
The PAT was no good, giving Lakeside the 14-12 advantage.
Little Rock Christian would take their first lead with 9:21 remaining in the first half as Angel connected with Paxton from six-yards out. Once again, the PAT was no good, as the Warriors took a 19-14 lead.
Carson would connect with Marcus Fisher from 12-yards out with 4:37 remaining in the half. The successful PAT gave Lakeside the 21-19 advantage. However, Angel would connect with Thomas once again with 20 seconds remaining in the half for a 19-yard score.
A successful two-point conversion gave the Warriors a 25-21 advantage at the half.
Both teams would score twice more in a slow second half, as the Warriors revenged last year's loss to the Rams. It was the first victory for new head coach Jeff Weaver.
"It's a great win for us here at Little Rock Christian," said Weaver. "People have really bought in to what we are trying to do ad I'm just excited to be able to deliver this week. One of our goals was to start 1-0. You can't win them all without doing that, so we are glad to be able to do that."
"It seemed like a game of ebb and flow," he continued. "Both teams had their runs, and we are just fortunate to really work hard and be able to win it in the fourth."
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