The Greenwood Bulldogs played host to the Mountain Home Bombers in the quarterfinals of the 6A Football Playoffs.
The Bulldogs would strike first on a Hunter Wilkinson 4-yard touchdown run with 5:11 left in the first quarter. The rushing touchdown was set up by a long pass to Jase Strozier who made a touch catch in traffic to move the Bulldogs into the red zone.
With 23 seconds left in the opening quarter, Sr. Hunter Wilkinson would find the end zone for a 2nd time on a 53-yard touchdown run. Wilkinson would take the hand off and run over a defender before breaking free for the score. Greenwood would go up 14-6.
With 9:40 left in the 2nd quarter So. quarterback Hunter Houston, who came in for the injured LD Richmond, finds Sr. receiver Caden Brown for a 20 yard touchdown. Houston would pump once, freeze the defenders, and connect with Brown as he slipped to the corner of the end zone. The Bulldogs extend the lead to 21-6.
Brown would find the end zone for a second time with 4:57 left in the 2nd quarter. This time he would showcase yards after catch with a 51 yard touchdown reception from Houston. Brown would pull in the catch near the 20 before shaking a tackle and racing in for the score. The Bulldogs push the lead to 28-6.
After a Mountain Home touchdown moved the score to 28-13, the Bulldogs would enter their 2-minute offense to try and score before the half was over. With 38 seconds left, Hunter Wilkinson would catch a screen pass out of the backfield and take it 49 yards to the house. The half would end 35-13 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The first score of the 2nd half would come with 2:30 left in the 3rd quarter when Houston would connect with Luke Brewer for a 3 yard touchdown. Houston rolled to his right and found Brewer breaking towards the sideline and placed the ball where only Brewer could catch it. The touchdown would extend the Greenwood lead to 42-13.
Wilkinson would add to his phenomenal game with a 4th touchdown with 10:33 left in the 4th quarter. Wilkinson did what he does best and took the hand off up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown run. That would be the final score of the game and Greenwood wins 49-13.
Unlike last weeks win over West Memphis, the offense scored all 49 points. The defense, however, kept a very talented Mountain Home offense, one that happens to be coached by former Razorback great Ryan Mallet, to just 13 points. Greenwood advances to the semi finals to face Marion. The game will be next Friday night at 7 inside Smith Robinson Stadium.