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Turner, unbeaten Nettleton rally past Forrest City

Sun staff reports

FORREST CITY — Detavion Turner rushed for 296 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, and undefeated Nettleton pitched a second-half shutout, rallying from a one-point halftime deficit for a 54-21 victory over Forrest City on Friday night at Sam Smith Stadium.

The Raiders (8-0 overall, 5-0 5A-East) led 20-0 at one point in the first half.

Will Joyner capped Nettleton's first possession, gained by Damian Phillips recovering a loose ball on the opening kickoff, with a 16-yard touchdown grab from Deondre Henry for a 7-0 lead. After Nettleton's next two series stalled, the Raiders got on the board with 16 seconds left in the opening quarter on a 9-yard run from Turner and took a 14-0 lead into the second.

Nettleton rolled the dice on fourth-and-one from its 25-yard line, and Turner took a direct snap 75 yards for a score and 20-0 lead with 8:43 left in the half. Forrest City (3-5, 2-3) countered with a long drive, capped by Randal Moore's 3-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal for 20-7 with 3:48 remaining in the half.

The Mustangs then recovered the onside kick, and after a 40-yard pass by Moore, Deviunta' Foster ran in a 4-yard touchdown to cut NHS' lead to 20-13. After a Nettleton three-and-out, Moore threw a 73-yard touchdown bomb with 25 seconds left, giving Forrest City a 21-20 halftime lead on Homecoming.

Nettleton opened the second half with a 13-play drive, and set the tone with Jarquavious Cain's 27-yard TD grab from Henry on fourth-and-24 for a 27-21 lead. After Kenneth Turner intercepted Forrest City on the next possession, Henry hit Cain on a 12-yard TD pass to make it 34-21 with 3:43 left in the third.

Like the first quarter, Nettleton held Forrest City to negative offense in the third.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Joyner took a jet sweep 15 yards for a 41-21 lead. After Detavion Turner carried most of the next drive, Henry threw an 11-yard touchdown to Jaron Northern.

Northern finished with five receptions for 78 yards while Cain had four catches for 64.  Turner capped his big night with a 41-yard touchdown run with 2:10 to play, setting the final margin.

Nettleton takes its unbeaten record into senior night next week, hosting rival Valley View. The Blazers clipped the Raiders by three a year ago.

Highlights from Nettleton’s 48-21 win over Batesville.  September 22, 2017.  Filmed and edited by NTV student Dylan Conaway Raider Pride!!
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