SPORTS >> Cobras knock off Wildcats in semis
FOUNTAIN LAKE —Fountain Lake’s football team is headed back to the state championship game – but with a change of venue.
Mark Makin ran for 186 yards Friday night to lead Fountain Lake in a 42-10 rout of Harding Academy in the Class 3A semifinals.
The Cobras (12-1) play Prescott, a 42-28 semifinal winner at Rivercrest, this Friday at Estes Stadium in Conway.
It’s a rematch of a quarterfinal game last year in which Fountain Lake beat Prescott 22-21 on the road.
A year after losing to Charleston at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium, Fountain Lake coach Tommy Gilleran sees a difference with this edition of the Cobras.
“They’re just more focused this year,” Gilleran said. “This year’s seniors have kept everybody on track and made everybody not get astray. “
Although he was disappointed with his team’s finish, second-year Harding Academy coach Roddy Mote praised his Wildcats for winning 12 games and the 3A-2 conference.
“We had a great year and ended up being one of the final four teams in the state,” Mote said. “It just hurts. You get in the playoffs, you make a run for it, and if you don’t win it all, that’s the way you feel.”
The Wildcats suffered a failed fake punt in the first half and were held to 74 rushing yards. A week after running for 216 yards against Harrisburg, Seth Keese totaled 11 rushing yards and completed 14 of 30 passes for 226 yards and an interception.