LONGVIEW â€” Only two points separated Arp and West Rusk in their last meeting at Lobo Stadium. Much has changed in the past two years, though.
This time, Arp raced out to a 37-point halftime lead en route to hammering the Raiders 52-8 in the KYKX Saturday Night Game of the Week on at Longview High School.
The Tigers, who fell 23-21 to West Rusk in the 2010 playoffs at Lobo, improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in district.West Rusk, meanwhile, fell to 1-5 and 0-2.
The game was over by halftime, as the Tigers scored 31 points in the opening quarter to take a 45-8 lead into the break.
Marcalas Johnson led Arp with six carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 10, 72, 19 and 1 yards. Mikechell Potts added three carries for 67 yards and a touchdown, while Michael Roberson caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a score.
The Tigersâ€™ defense, meanwhile, limited the Raiders to 47 total yards in a game that featured a running clock in the second half.
Arp scored just about every way imaginable and appeared to score on special teams went Potts returned a kickoff 67 yards to the house, reversing field an incredible amount of times. But he flipped into the end zone from the 2-yard line, which resulted in a personal foul from the spot.
Potts opened the scoring with a 39-yard run with 11:06 remaining in the first quarter, just before Johnson extended the advantage to 12-0 on a 10-yard run with 8:09 to go and then to 19-0 on a 72-yard scamper with 3:08 left.
Michael Roberson took over from there, hauling in a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chase Bonner and returning an interception 19 yards to the end zone.
Arp outgained the Raiders 291-40 in total yards in the half.
KYKX Saturday Night Game of the Week
Arp 52, West Rusk 8
Arp 31 14 7 0 52
West Rusk 0 8 0 0 8
ARP â€” Mikechell Potts 39 run (run failed), 11:06
ARP â€” Marcalas Johnson 10 run (run failed), 8:09
ARP â€” Johnson 72 run (Mykel Frost kick), 3:08
ARP â€” Michael Roberson 57 pass from Chase Bonner (kick blocked), :42
ARP â€” Roberson 19 interception return (kick failed), :27
ARP â€” Johnson 19 run (Frost kick), 8:18
WR â€” George Anthony 20 run (Marqualin Grant run), 6:30
ARP â€” Tarik Sarica 6 run (Frost kick), 4:00
ARP â€” Johnson 1 run (Frost kick), 7:09