Don’t be alarmed if air raid sirens go off during Lakeside’s playoff game with Little Rock Christian

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Lakeside seniors Ty Davis and Nick Burroughs relax prior to an earlier game this season. The Rams host Little Rock Christian Friday night in the 5A quarterfinals.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – An air raid siren may go off Friday night at Lakeside High School when Little Rock Christian comes calling.

The host Rams and fourth-ranked Little Rock Christian (6-2) are expected to throw a lot of passes in their 5A state quarterfinal matchup. The concern for Lakeside (8-3) is that the Warriors also bring an explosive running game to Hot Springs.

“Little Rock Christian is fast, physical and well coached,” said Lakeside coach Jared McBride. “They’ve got DI players running around out there. It’s a tough matchup for the Rams, but everytime we snap it we think we’re going to win. Our toughest challenge is their balance on offense.”

Running back Isaac Echols (1) leads the Rams’ ground game Friday night against Little Rock Christian.

Senior qb leads Little Rock Christian

Senior quarterback Colin Cooper has completed 98 of 187 passes this season for 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns. Running back Jayvean Dyer Jones makes Cooper’s job easier. He’s rushed for 983 yards and 9 touchdowns. Jones ran for 189 yards and 2 TDs in last week’s 48-19 win over Clarksville. Cooper’s favorite target is Corey Platt, with 35 receptions for 587 yards and 13 TDs.

“They’ll run before they throw, but they do a great job of spreading the ball around when they do pass,” said McBride. “We’ve got to create some turnovers, and play an all-around good football game to be successful.”

The Rams, who have won back-to-back 5A league titles, will be counting heavily on their defense. Senior linebacker Will Perrigo leads that unit with 135 tackles. Perrigo hardly ever comes off the field. He had 14 tackles and an interception in last week’s win over Vilonia, and rushed for 2 touchdowns.

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Rams’ Ross likes to throw the ball

Lakeside quarterback Will Ross has enjoyed a sensational season. Ross is 149 of 231 passing for 22 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Ross also spreads the ball around. Senior Logan White has 52 receptions for 711 yards and 10 TDs. Chase Cross has 28 catches for 301 yards and 4 TDs. Perrigo and junior Brock Garner have combined for 49 receptions and 571 yards and 4 TDs.

The Rams’ ground game is led by senior Isaac Echols. He’s rushed for 682 yards and 5 TDs. Lakeside also has a weapon is junior place-kicker Andrew Degrasse, who is perfect on 39 PATs and booted 2 field goals.

Harrison or White Hall await the winner of the Little Rock Christian game in the semifinals. The bottom portion of the bracket has top-ranked Pulaski Academy playing Magnolia; and Wynne hosting Texarkana.

In other playoff action:

LAKE HAMILTON (10-1) at Sylvan Hills (8-2) – Two run-oriented football teams collide in what should be a fast game. Going with the Wolves because they have more weapons, 28-21.

Camden Harmony Grove (6-4) at CENTERPOINT (7-3) – The Knights can’t afford to be flat after last week’s emotional win at Rison. Coach Cary Rogers won’t let them and Centerpoint prevails, 34-21.

Texarkana Arkansas High (7-0) at WYNNE (10-0) – This game could go either way, but the Razorbacks haven’t been too lucky this season despite perfect record. Wynne wins, 31-28.