LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Kilay Cox's 6-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter triggered the mercy rule as Warren defeated Mena 48-14 for the Arkansas Class 4A football championship.
The mercy rule calls for the game clock to run continuously.
The third quarter score was Cox's fourth touchdown of the game. He finished with 214 yards on 35 carries and added another touchdown during the fourth quarter and was selected as the game's most valuable player.
Mena (12-3) managed only five first downs before the Lumberjacks (12-3) forced the mercy rule. The Bearcats went three-and-out three times and Warren's defense forced three turnovers.
Arkansas State wide receiver commitment Jaylon Marshall of Warren caught five passes for 106 yards and one touchdown, while also intercepting two passes on defense.
Mena's Sage Kesterson completed 16 of 32 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the fourth quarter, for the Bearcats.
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