Ouachita Christian 40, Block 14

After a slow first half, defending state champion Ouachita Christian scored five touchdowns in the final two quarters to whip No. 7 ranked Block, 40-14, in its official 2013 season opener Friday night at OCS.

The opening night victory was the 31st in a row for the Eagles, winners of the last two state class 1A championships.

Tailbacks Josh Pennebaker and Ahkeem Henderson combined for 90 yards rushing to lead a ground attack that rolled up a net of 107 yards—Pennebaker ran for 65 and Henderson for 25. Each scored a rushing touchdown.

Quin Graves completed 12-of-27 passes for 154 yards and two scores, one to Jake Slaughter for 17 yards and the other to tight end Aaron George for 10 yards.

In addition to his rushes, Pennebaker contributed perhaps the biggest momentum swing with a 45- yard punt return for a touchdown 10 minutes into the second half after the Eagles led by only 6-0 at intermission. His touchdown rush came in the final period for 22 yards.

Henderson ran nine yards for OCS’s third touchdown with 7:25 left in the third period.

Slaughter had the first and last touchdowns of the game, catching his TD pass with 8:57 left in the first period and then stripping the ball from a Block runner and sprinting 21 yards for the final score with 3:15 left in the game.

Raymond Plummer scored the two Block touchdowns on a run of 16 yards and caught a 36-yard pass from Vyn’Quez O’Steen for the other.

Block got most of its yards on the ground, running for 274 with Trevor Vault leading the way with 147 yards on 11 carries.

Cade Harper led the OCS defense with seven tackles and six assists and Slaughter had five hits and four assists.

OCS Coach Steven Fitzhugh said he was “proud of our effort, especially in the second half. The defense played a solid game and we came up with some momentum swings in the game like Josh’s punt return that got us rolling in the second half.”