Youngblood opens eyes in Sylvan Hills' victory

Deon Youngblood's flight under the radar may soon end.

The senior running back for Sylvan Hills ran for 263 yards, accounted for six total touchdowns and had a fumble recovery to lead the Bears to a 48-22 victory against Hot Springs Lakeside Friday night in Sherwood.

"He had a better night than I thought,'' Bears Coach Jim Withrow said. "He scored six touchdowns and probably should have seen the ball that was fumbled to get the mercy rule that was supposed to be his. I think Deon is a big-time player. I don't think people realize how good he is. I think he is one of the most under-the-radar guys in the state. He catches as well as anybody and he makes people miss. He's got good speed. I mean, he is a big-time player.

"He's not being recruited and a lot of recruiting guys don't even know a thing about him."

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Aside from not being able to stop Youngblood, the Rams did a lot of self-destructing with a pair of lost fumbles, three interceptions, a punt for zero yards and another punt blocked.

But for the Bears, it was all Youngblood, who had a 139-yard rushing performance in the Bears' opening-night loss to Catholic.

After his fumble recovery, Youngblood opened the scoring with a 1-yard run that gave the Bears (1-1) a lead.

Quarterback Ryan Lumpkin hit Ty Compton with an 8-yard scoring pass with 1:40 left in the first quarter. Tito Mendoza was perfect on all five of his extra-point attempts.

The next five scores were all by Youngblood, who added a score on a 16-yard pass from Lumpkin and runs of 67 and 68 yards in the first half as the Bears led 35-8 at halftime.

In the third quarter he added runs of three and six yards to cap the evening. After the first score of the third quarter, the Bears went for two to try and reach the cushion to start the mercy clock but failed.

Compton, Darius Waddell and Payton Terry all had interceptions for Sylvan Hills. Omari Hervey blocked a punt and Keelan Stanley also recovered a fumble.

"I was really pleased,'' Withrow said. "As bad as we played last week, you are never sure of what you've got and I felt comfortable that the the mistakes we made last week, we could correct. I knew we would get better; it was just a matter of time when we would get better. I think the kids were a little bit embarrassed last week. But I was really pleased with our effort. With Lakeside, you can't fool around with them because this series has been so crazy."

Sports on 09/09/2017

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