Greenwood ends Mountain Home’s season in quarterfinal round



he Greenwood Bulldogs scored on seven consecutive drives to post a 49-13 victory over the Mountain Home Bombers Friday night in the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A State Playoffs at Smith-Robinson Stadium in Greenwood.

Sophomore quarterback Hunter Houston came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes, as the Bulldogs ended the Bombers’ comeback season.

Mountain Home sees its first season under head coach Steve Ary ended with a 6-6 mark, while Greenwood moves to 12-0 and hosts Marion in the semifinal round.

After the Bomber defense forced a turnover on downs on the opening drive of the ballgame, the Bulldogs scored on their next seven possessions to thwart any chances of an upset win for Mountain Home.

Hunter Wilkinson ran for a 5-yard touchdown to open the game’s scoring with 5:11 left in the first quarter, but the Bombers fired back with Bryce McKay’s 64-yard score on a quarterback keeper just three plays later. Mountain Home would miss the extra point, leaving the score at 7-6.

Wilkinson would scored from 53 yards out two plays later, and the Bulldogs were off and running with a 14-6 lead.

Greenwood starting quarterback L.D. Richmond exited the contest after suffering an injury on a 6-yard run early in the second quarter, opening the door for Houston to step up for the Greenwood. Houston hit Caden Brown with touchdown passes of 1 and 51 yards to send the lead to 28-6.

Mountain Home seemed poised to get back in the ballgame, looking to score before the end of the half and then receive the second-half’s opening kickoff.

The Bombers completed the first part of that equation, when McKay hit Gage Hershberger with a 43-yard pass and followed up with a 27-yard touchdown sprint, a play in which he outran several Greenwood defenders for the score. The PAT kick made it a 28-13 game.

Greenwood foiled Mountain Home’s comeback bid, when Houston hit five of six pass attempts on a 61-yard scoring march capped by Wilkinson’s 30-yard touchdown reception. The PAT kick sent Greenwood to the halftime break with a 35-13 lead.

The Bombers opened the second half with a promising drive, moving the ball all the way to the Greenwood 19, before a McKay pass was intercepted.

Greenwood iced its win with a 3-yard touchdown catch by Luke Brewer and put the sportsmanship rule into effect with a 3-yard run by Wilkinson with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Bulldogs outgained the Bombers 451-260 on the night, as Houston was 11 of 12 passing for 182 yards and four scores. Richmond was 10 of 13 before his injury, as Greenwood finished 21 of 25 on the night. Wilkinson ran 19 times for 135 yards and three scores.

Mountain Home got 136 yards rushing and two scores from McKay, who was 7 of 16 passing for 66 yards. Hershberger ran 18 times for 58 yards.