MOUNT IDA – The Mount Ida Lions ran into a brick wall Friday night, falling to Number Three ranked Des Arc 58-8.
The non-conference loss marks the third straight at the hands of the Eagles after losing twice to them last year.
Des Arc set the tempo early, scoring their first touchdown in 58 seconds on a 57 yard run by Trevion Reed. The two point conversion was good and they led 8-0.
They would recover the ensuing onside kick and score four plays later on a 41 yard run by Jake Reidhar. They converted on the two-point conversion to hold a 16 point lead.
Mount Ida was forced to punt the ball away on their first offensive series of the game. The defense did force a fumble on the Eagle 17 which Baylor Bates scooped up and ran in for the only Lion score of the night. Karter Rowton ran the two-point conversion in to cut the Eagle lead to 16-8.
The next Eagle score came at the 1:10 mark in the first quarter on a one yard run by Reidhar. The two-point conversion failed and they held a 22-8 lead.
Mount Ida was able to get a first down in their next series, moving the ball to the Des Arc 22 before turning the ball over on downs.
Reidhar found the endzone again, this time on a four yard run. The two-point conversion failed and the Eagles lead stood at 28-6.
Des Arc would enter halftime with a 36-8 lead thanks to a 20 yard reception to Trevion Reed. Reidhar ran the two-point conversion in to equal 36.
Mount Ida opened the second half with promise, moving the ball to their own 46 yard line before fumbling the ball away. Des Arc marched downfield and scored on a one yard run by Reidhar. Reed scored on the two-point conversion to lift the score to 44-8.
Des Arc would score two more times, once on a one yard run and 41 yard run. They were one for two on the two-point conversions.
Des Arc rushed for 243 yards and passed for 65 for 318 yards of offense.
Mount Ida had 58 yards of total offense on the night. Baylor Bates rushed for 50 yards, Caleb White rushed for two and Karter Rowton rushed for two. AJ Perez caught an 11 yard pass.
Baylor Bates returned a Des Arc fumble for the only Mount Ida score of the night.
Mount Ida opens 5-2A Conference play this Friday with a trip to Magnet Cove. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.
The Junior Lions return to action Thursday after their off week last week. They will also open their conference season with a home game against Magnet Cove. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.