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Blair's big night lifts Razorbacks

Blair's big night lifts Razorbacks
 
By Kevin Taylor
Alma Schools 
 
TEXARKANA - To the naked eye, it didn't look like Torie Blair had more than 100 yards in Friday's playoff opener with Alma. 
 
On film may tell a different story. 
 
Blair ran for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns Friday to lead the No. 3 Texarkana Razorbacks to a hard-fought 28-24 win over the Alma Airedales. 
 
Texarkana (6-0) travels to Morrilton this week. 
 
Alma finished the season 2-8. 
 
The Razorbacks took a 14-0 lead after one-quarter of play on Braylon Bishop's quarterback sneak and a 19-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Layton Lammers. 
 
Alma caught a break late in the first quarter when Blaire coughed up a fumble at the Razorbacks' 38. 
 
Alma scored on the ensuing possession with Hunter McAlister scoring from a yard out with 10:17 left in the first half. 
 
After forcing a three-and-out, Alma drove 79 yards for its second touchdown. McAlister capped the drive by hooking up with Conner Stacy from 37 yards. Dane Martin's PAT tied the game at the 4:35 mark of the first half. 
 
Blair atoned for his fumble with a series of nice runs on the Razorbacks' next drive. He ripped off runs of 8, 19, and 8 yards before bursting in from the 16 with 1:25 left to put Texarkana back in front. 
 
Alma moved quickly down the field and cut the lead to 21-17 on Martin's 27-yard field goal. 
 
Blair ripped off a 52-yard sprint to open the second half that proved to be the difference. 
 
Stacy's 10-yard touchdown run pulled Alma within 28-24 with 9:24 left to play. But the Razorbacks were able to control the line of scrimmage from there on out. 
 
Texarkana overcame five turnovers, including three Lammers' interceptions.