AMITY, Ark. – Centerpoint quarterback Josh Lawson had a performance Friday night against Camden Harmony Grove that deserves consideration for player of the week in Arkansas.
The Knights’ junior quarterback completed all 18 of his passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns as Centerpoint raced past the Hornets in the 3A playoffs, 47-22. Lawson also ran for a touchdown. The Knights earn a rematch with Glen Rose with the win, and an opportunity to reach the fourth round for the first time in school history.
“I’ve never had a kid complete all of his passes,” said Centerpoint coach Cary Rogers. “Josh had a remarkable performance. Other than special teams, we played a great game. We were concerned with Harmony Grove’s speed, and they got behind us a couple of times. They just couldn’t quite make the connection. Good fortune smiled on us.”
The Hornets’ struggles on offense was Centerpoint’s defense. They consistently pressured Harmony Grove quarterback Caleb Johnson, who completed 7 of 19 passes for 99 yards. Most of those yards came in the fourth quarter after the Knights had built a 41-6 advantage. Harmony Grove only had 78 yards on the ground, and turned the ball over three times.
Turnovers costly for Harmony Grove
Senior Blake Sorrels recovered a Hornet fumble after the opening kickoff to set up Centerpoint’s first score. Lawson plowed over from two yards with 6:31 left in the first period.
The Knights’ defense held again, and Dillon Fox caught a 5-yard scoring pass from Lawson with 3:48 left.
Harmony Grove (6-6) got on the scoreboard next when Johnson hit paydirt from 12 yards. The Hornets went for two extra points, but a pass was intercepted by Kaden Owens.
Centerpoint (8-3) would answer with three second quarter touchdowns to make it 33-6 at intermission. Kaden Owens caught a 24-yard touchdown pass. Eighteen seconds later after a Hornet turnover, C.J. Fox hauled in a 31-yard TD pass from Lawson. Running back Houston Way got into the act on a 1-yard plunge with 20 seconds left in the half.
Louis Lozano’s 2-yard touchdown with 7:08 left in the third quarter, put the game out of reach. The Hornets thrilled their fans briefly on an 83-yard kickoff return for six points, and a 50-yard TD reception by Titus Lockhart. Lozana scored the final touchdown on the game.
Way led the Knights’ running game with 119 yards on 23 carries. Owens had eight receptions for 97 yards, while C.J. Fox caught eight for 93 yards. The one negative stat was two PAT attempts that failed.
“Glen Rose is going to be tough, but it’s always tough when we play them,” said Rogers. “Hopefully, we’ll get a better outcome (lost earlier this season 7-6).”