Arp hammers West Rusk, 52-8


Shane Stark

LONGVIEW — 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 Tigers’ 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.

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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

First Quarter

ARP — Mikechell Potts 39 run (run failed), 11:06

ARP — Marcalas Johnson 10 run (run failed), 8:09

ARP — Johnson 72 run (Mykel Frost kick), 3:08

ARP — Michael Roberson 57 pass from Chase Bonner (kick blocked), :42

ARP — Roberson 19 interception return (kick failed), :27

Second Quarter

ARP — Johnson 19 run (Frost kick), 8:18

WR — George Anthony 20 run (Marqualin Grant run), 6:30

ARP — Tarik Sarica 6 run (Frost kick), 4:00

Third Quarter

ARP — Johnson 1 run (Frost kick), 7:09