LITTLE ROCK — Mayflower turned the tables and opened the floodgates quickly against Central Arkansas Christian on Tuesday night.
The Mustangs, who galloped to a 48-27 victory in the game last year, barely got out of the corral this time.
On the Eagles’ first possession, quarterback Sean Harris connected with a wide-open Turner Hudson who cruised into the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown.
Deon Simmons ran for the two-point conversion then broke untouched for an 16-yard run for a 15-0 lead before 6:00 had expired in the first quarter.
Thus, Mayflower scored early an often in a 50-15 victory in the Bank of England Mortgage Classic at War Memorial Stadium.
It was a mercy-rule game when the Eagles took a 44-7 lead early in the second half. Except the officiating crew didn’t acknowledge the mercy rule, which requires a continuously running clock with few exceptions. Mayflower managed to play conservatively let the mop-up time mercifully take its course.
CAC, which lost several starters from last season and has switched to a wing-T offense, was no match for the Eagles in speed or talent or twins.
Deon Simmons earned MVP honors with 152 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. Keon, his twin brothers, scampered 73 yards for a touchdown on an end-around.
The Eagles amassed 436 yards in offense to CAC’s 234.
Deon Simmons scored on runs of 16, 47, and 1 yard. Harris completed 10 of 15 passes for 127 yards, including the TD pass to Hudson and a 28-yarder to Mesach Cole. Tay Mattison added a 9-yard touchdown run. The Eagles were two of four on kicks for extra point. In addition to Simmons, Harris ran for a two-point conversion and passed to Drake Wilkerson for another.
CAC scored on a 25-yard pass from Blake Smith to Eli Jenkins and a 51-yard run by Samuel Pitre with 1:58 left.
Tyler Maxwell sparked the Eagle defense with 12 tackles (nine solo), two sacks and 3.5 for loss.