Not since 2004 has Maumelle (then Pulaski Oak Grove) won a first-round playoff game. Last week’s 31-10 victory over Stuttgart broke that dry spell.
In 2004, the Hornets blanked Magnolia, 42-0. Stuttgart was the defending state champion but entered the contest with a three-game losing streak. Friday, the Hornets (9-2) travel to Lonoke who is also 9-2. The Jackrabbits’ two losses have been to Star City and Pine Bluff Dollarway, and both of those teams are still in the playoffs. Maumelle lost to Jacksonville and to Booneville in the final week of the regular season.
Against Stuttgart, the Hornets mostly ran the ball and piled up 281 yards compared to 90 in the air. They rushed 41 times while only attempting eight passes. Corry Cullins led Maumelle with 108 yards on 11 totes and one touchdown. Quarterback TyShun Robinson contributed 107 yards on 15 attempts and also scored a touchdown. Jessie Hopkins finished with 32 yards on five attempts.
Robinson completed three-of-five passes for 70 yards including a 25-yard touchdown reception to JB Minix, who also completed one-of-three pass attempts for 20 yards.
Against Stuttgart, the Ricebirds took an early 3-0 lead before the Hornets rattled off 24 unanswered points. The Robinson to Minix connection accounted for Maumelle’s first score with 40 seconds left in the first period. Hunter Cockrell kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Hornets a 10-3 halftime margin.
In the second half, Robinson broke open and scampered 42 yards to the end zone with 4:13 left in the third period. Nick Ingram returned an interception 87 yards with 1:42 left in the third quarter for a 24-10 advantage going into the fourth period.
In the fourth quarter, Corry Cullins’ 65-yard run gave the Hornets the final margin and propelled his rushing total from 43 yards to a team-high 108.
Last week, Lonoke defeated Pocahontas, 49-7 and limited Pocahontas to 209 total yards. Senior Blake Mack caught two touchdowns and accumulated 124 yards on five receptions in addition to a 15-yard scoring run.