If a player had on a Greenwood jersey Friday, chances are he got to play against Little Rock Hall.
Greenwood didn’t take long to extend its school-record winning streak to 45 games Friday. It didn’t take Hall long to see its losing streak reach 23.
Greenwood quarterback Jabe Burgess threw three touchdown passes and Bulldogs built a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter before a mass of substitutions in the Bulldogs’ 38-6 win at Smith-Robinson Stadium. Nine Greenwood receivers caught at least one pass in the first half.
Hall, which managed just two first down in the first half, actually finished with 115 rushing yards against mostly backups in the second half. And that was just fine with Greenwood coach Rick Jones.
"We have 30 seniors, a great group of guys, and mathematically they cannot all start," Jones said. "Our seniors got a lot of playing time. We have eight (junior varsity) games for the sophomores and juniors and it was good to get some of those guys in, too."
With the victory behind them, Jones and the Bulldogs were finally able to look ahead to next week’s game against Southside. The Rebels lost 37-7 at Conway on Friday. Greenwood also has Conway and Russellville on its remaining regular-season schedule.
"We know the next three weeks will make or break us," Jones said. "We have to focus all of our attention on going 1-0 this next week. It’s similar to the way it was last year. Our kids, we try not to look ahead, but we know who’s coming next week — we know where we’re going."
The Bulldogs forced a quick three-and-out to start the game and drove 38 yards in six plays for its first touchdown, with Austin Garnes doing the honors from a yard out.
Burgess, who has missed time twice this season due to injury, hooked up with Jonathan Clemons on a 27-yard touchdown on the Bulldogs’ next possession. Kevin Jones’ second PAT made it 14-0.
Still not done, Burgess hit a wide-open Ryan Padilla with a 46-yard strike on the Bulldogs’ next possession.
Greenwood (7-0, 4-0 7A/6A-Central) made it 28-0 early in the second on Hoyt Smith’s 12-yard touchdown run. It was Smith’s only carry of the night.
Burgess was sharp; completing 6-of-8 passes for 158 yards.
"We haven’t quite gotten him back to where he was before," Jones said. "We thought it would be good if he could play a half or so, or long as we could to get the clock running. He did well."
A 26-yard pass to Clemons set up Greenwood’s final touchdown. Burgess hit Kevin Jones with a 29-yard score to make it 35-0.
Just before the half, Jake Odell booted a 21-yard field goal that gave Greenwood its final points.
Little Rock Hall 6
SUMMARY — Quarterback Gabe Burgess threw three touchdown passes and the No. 1 Bulldogs had no problem extending their school-record winning streak to 45 consecutive games.
TURNING POINT — Already leading 21-0, Hall punter Melvin Walker dropped the ball at his 10 and Greenwood scored two plays later for a 28-0 lead.
STAT — A total of 19 Greenwood players either caught a pass or carried the football in the win.
High School Football
GREENWOOD 38, LITTLE ROCK HALL 6
Hall 0 0 0 6 — 6
Greenwood 21 17 0 0 — 38
Gre — Garnes 1 run (K. Jones kick), 8:45.
Gre — Clemons 27 pass from Burgess (K. Jones kick), 6:31.
Gre — Padilla 46 pass from Burgess (K. Jones kick), 4:08.
Gre — Smith 12 run (K. Jones kick), 11:24
Gre — K. Jones 29 pass from Burgess (K. Jones kick), 9:37
Gre — FG Odell 21, 1:24
Hall — Harper 18 run (kick failed), 7:34
First Downs 11 17
Rushes-Yards 35-144 24-162
Passing Yards 31 226
Comp-Att-Int 7-15-0 16-25-0
Fumbles-Lost 4-0 3-0
Penalties-Yards 4-30 3-20
Punts-Avg. 5-36.1 0-0
RUSHING — Hall, Harper 7-79, Smith 10-40, Davis 6-13, Walker 6-1, DuHart 2-9, Williams 1-(minus-3), Team 1-(minus-24). Greenwood, Palmer 8-55, Garnes 5-38, Watson 4-34, Smith 1-12, Allen 1-8, Martin 1-6, Sherrouse 1-6, Leonard, 1-3, Bolin 1-2, Jabe Burgess 1-(minus-2)
PASSING — Hall, Walker 7-15-0 31. Greenwood. Jabe Burgess 6-8-0 161, Wheeler 9-17-0 65, Watson 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING — Hall, Smith 2-9, Holly 2-9, DuHart 2-6, Harper 1-3. Greenwood, Clemons 2-70, Jones 2-27, Bland 2-38, Ciesla 2-15, Padilla 1-46, Morgan 1-18, Jax Burgess 1-9, Higgins 1-6, McGill 1-4, Hughes 1-0, Barker 1-(minus-2), Palmer 1-(minus-5)