The Benton Tigers fought back from a two-touchdown deficit but couldn’t come all the way back in a 30-26 District 1-4A loss to Woodlawn Friday night in Benton.
The Tigers fell to 3-5 on the season. The will have to win their final two games of the regular season against Minden and Fair Park to have any shot at making the playoffs as a low seed.
Woodlawn improved to 3-5 overall. But more importantly, the Knights are still atop the district standings at 3-0 under first-year coach Robert Arvie.
After the Knights took a quick 14-0 lead, the Tigers closed the gap to 14-7 in the second quarter on Alex Martin’s 30-yard touchdown run.
The score stayed that way until a wild fourth quarter that saw the teams combine for 35 points.
Keith English ran 27 yards to tie the game early in the fourth.
Woodlawn regained the lead with a touchdown and two-point conversion.
Jordan Shaffer’s 1-yard run got Benton within 22-20, but the Tigers’ two-point conversion attempt failed.
Woodlawn scored again to go up 30-20. But English returned the kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. An onsides kick failed, though.
Zach Pierson led the Tigers with 90 yards on 19 carries. Martin added 79 on 12 and English had 54 on seven.