Injuries played a major part in turning two Faulkner County football games around Friday night.
Vilonia lost its top running back, Houston Cotton, who was taken away in an ambulance with a serious leg injury in the third quarter against Wynne. The Eagles (0-2) drew within 31-28 before the Yellowjackets (1-1) found an extra gear in pulling away to a 52-28 victory.
Initial reports from the Vilonia staff stated Cotton suffered a fractured leg with a dislocated knee.
Mayflower (1-1) lost running back Justin Bailey to an ankle injury in the third quarter against Dardanelle at Mayflower. Bailey had rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and had eight receptions for 114 yards.
The Sand Lizards (2-0) turned a 41-28 deficit into a 52-41 victory at Patrick Stadium. They did it inspired by an injury to star quarterback Kristian Thompson after a 50-yard run that set up a touchdown in the third quarter. He was reported to have broken an arm.
Sophomore quarterback Chris Kerschner then led the Sand Lizards to victory guiding two fourth-quarter touchdown drives. Dardanelle wrapped up the victory with a touchdown after stopping Mayflower quarterback Adam Dycus inches short on fourth down at the Mayflower 26.
Dycus completed 25 of 43 passes for 319 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
Drew Duncan had six receptions for 54 yards. Josh Woodham had five receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown. Madison Chambliss caught five passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
In other county action, Conway Christian fell victim to a late rally by Cedarville in losing, 26-21, in a back-and-forth game. Conway had a dominating, 33-14 victory at Jonesboro.