Rivercrest Colts hammer EPC in key 3AAA battle

Thursday, October 10, 2002

The Rivercrest Colts proved why they are one of the top teams in Northeast Arkansas last Friday night, with a 50-18 victory over EPC in high school football action.

Rivercrest (5-0, 2-0) were led by the running back tandem of Zach Logan and Cedric Vaughn, who each scored two touchdowns on their way to victory. Logan rushed for 106 yards on 16 carries, while Vaughn rushed for 73 yards on six carries.

In the first quarter, Logan and Vaughn combined to put Rivercrest ahead early. With 9:03 left in the opening quarter, Logan scored on a five-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Murphy Smith found wide receiver Andre Heggins for the two-point conversion and Rivercrest led 8-0. The turning point of the game occurred later in the first quarter, when EPC quarterback Bobo Fortenberry was intercepted twice in successive drives. Those interceptions, by D.L. Riley and Matthew Hardin, were each returned for touchdowns, setting the pace for the game. EPC Head Coach Mark Courtney told Delta Life that the interceptions were a key to the game. Courtney said, "We were outmanned and they have a lot of athletes. They jumped out on us in the first quarter and we gave away three touchdowns." Cedric Vaughn scored on a three-yard touchdown run, late in the first quarter to put the game away. Rivercrest led 29-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Rivercrest added to the offense when Stanley Smith scored off a 30-yard halfback pass and Logan scored on a one-yard touchdown run halfway through the second quarter. In the third quarter, Rivercrest capped their scoring, when Vaughn scored on a 65-yard punt return.

The points by EPC all came through the air, when quarterback Bobo Fortenberry threw for three touchdowns in the game. The senior quarterback found "Boo" Collins, Marcus Monk and Spencer Harston, for touchdown passes of 27, 36 and 37 yards, respectively.

EPC (2-3, 0-2) returns home this week, to battle the Harrisburg Hornets for Homecoming. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Warrior Field.

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