Points a plenty: high school teams scoring at record pace.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
THE SCORING NUMBERS ARE UP AT a record pace this season across the state of Arkansas.
Want evidence? Try these numbers. There have been 67 games where a team has scored between 50-59 points, 22 games where a team has scored between 60-69 points, six games where a team has scored between 70-79 points and one game where a team has topped 80 points.
If fans of high school football are wondering if they are going to see basketball-type scoring numbers when they show to watch their favorite team, odds are they will.
Four times this season there have been games were both teams scored more than 50 points without the benefit of overtime play.
The highlight of scoring lest this season was Fountain Lake's 88-66 win over Hot Springs Lakeside on Sept. 21.
"I had never seen anything like it," Fountain Lake coach Tommy Gilleran said after the game.
His Cobras are on a record pace themselves having topped the 50 plus point plateau four times this season. Only team has held undefeated Fountain Lake to under 40 points this season (Glen Rose) and the Cobras scored 34 on the Beavers.
Fountain Lake has averaged 56 points per game (through eight games). Pulaski Academy holds the state record, according to the Arkansas Activities Association record book, with a 50.9 points per game average in 2001.
Pine Bluff 73, Lake Hamilton 66 (October 10 at Pearcy)
3--The number of Pine Bluff receivers who had more than 100 yards receiving (Cameron Collins, 4 catches for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns, Cordero Frazier four receptions for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns and Kelsey Collins hauled in four passes for 101 yards and a score.)
5--The total number possessions by both teams without a score (Lake Hamilton 3, Pine Bluff 2).
7--Total number of touchdowns by Lake Hamilton quarterback Phillip Butterfield, four passing and three rushing.
8--Total number of touchdowns by Pine Bluff quarterback Claude Johnson, six passing and two rushing.
9--The number of extra points by Lake Hamilton kicker Brett Miller. He was perfect on PATs and also kicked a 32-yard field goat.
20--Total number of touchdowns scored in the game. Pine Bluff scored 11 of those.
48--Pine Bluff quarterback Claude Johnson connected with Clifton Scott on a 48-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half.
55--Number of first downs by both teams (Lake Hamilton 32, Pine Bluff 24).
69--Total points at halftime. Pine Bluff led 38-31.
95--Pine Bluff's Kelsey Johnson returned two kickoffs for scores. Each went 95 yards. Johnson also scored on two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
288--Number of receiving yards by Lake Hamilton's Josh Profit.
525--Passing yards by Lake Hamilton quarterback Phillip Butterfield.
544--Total offense by Zebra quarterback Claude Johnson. The junior passed for 402 yards and rushed for 142 more.
603--Total offense by Lake Hamilton's Phillip Butterfield, who passed for 525 yards and rushed for 78.
1,214--The total offense by the two teams. Lake Hamilton had 682 yards of total offense while Pine Bluff had 564.
Fountain Lake 88, HS Lakeside 66 (September 21 at Fountain Lake)
5--Number of successful 2-point conversions by Hot Springs Lakeside.
6--The number of rushing touchdowns for Fountain Lake running back Quentin Lindsey. Lindsey rushed 25 times for 276 yards.
21--Total number of touchdowns by both teams. Fountain Lake had 12 while Lakeside had 9.
30--Number of points scored by Fountain Lake in the second quarter.
57--Total number of first downs by both teams. The Cobras had 29 while the Rams had 28.
98--The number of yards Lakeside's Dennis Brunson returned a kickoff for a second-quarter score.
101--The number of first half points scored by both teams. Fountain Lake Led 59-42 at the break.
192--Number of receiving yards for Lakeside's Ben Crumpton. The Ram senior had eight receptions with two scores.
202--Number of rushing yards by Ram running back B.J. Jones. He passed the 200-yard mark on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns.
280--Number of rushing yards by Fountain Lake running back Andrew Davis. He had 22 carries and four touchdowns.
321--The number of passing yards for Lakeside quarterback Mitchell Scott. He was 19 of 31 with five touchdowns.
1,332--Total combined offense by the two teams. Fountain Lake had 778 yards, including 739 yards rushing, while Hot Springs Lakeside had 554 yards.
0--The number of times Fountain Lake punted in the contest.
0--The number of times the Fountain Lake basketball team scored more than 80 points in a game last season.
5--The total number of turnovers by both teams. Fountain Lake had three turnovers (two fumbles and one interception) while lakeside had two (one fumble and one interception).
98--The total number of rushing attempts by both teams. The Cobras had 59 attempts while the Rams ran 39 times.
MOST POINTS SCORED THIS SEASON
(through week 8):
Fountain Lake 88 (vs. HS Lakeside, week 3)
Pine Bluff 73 (vs. Lake Hamilton, week 6)
Fountain Lake 71 (vs. Arkansas Baptist, week 8)
Earle 70 (vs. Hughes, week 3)
Osceola 70 (vs. Rivercrest, week 3)
Junction City 70 (vs. Norphlet, week 4)
Shiloh Christian 70 (vs. Gentry, week 7)
HS Lakeside 66 (vs. Fountain Lake, week 3)
Lake Hamilton 66 (vs. Pine Bluff, week 6)
Bearden 65 (vs. Dermott, week 3)
Shiloh Christian 65 (vs. Berryville, week 4)