LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The game plan for Stuttgart was simple Saturday night: Get Dontrell Brown the ball.
The Ricebirds did just that and Brown, a 205-pound senior quarterback, ran for 219 yards on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the team to a 28-7 victory over Ozark in the Class 4A state championship game.
"How could you not ride Dontrell?" Stuttgart coach Billy Elmore said. "He is a heck of a football player. He has been doing it all year. He has great ball security. We got down close to the goal line, you just have to let the big dog eat. He's a competitor."
Brown accounted for 277 of Stuttgart's 409 yards on offense. He was also 5 of 13 passing for 58 yards and was named the game's most valuable player.
In the first half he scored on runs of 3 and 11 yards as the Ricebirds (13-1) built a 14-0 halftime lead.
Ozark (12-3) scored on Josef Asbeck's 14-yard run with 8:37 left in the third, but never got closer than a touchdown.
Brown's third touchdown, with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, brought the lead to 21-7 and a 5-yard scoring run by Dre'Lon Ice helped seal the game.
Ice finished with 101 yards on 10 carries as Stuttgart dominated, 409 yards to 119.
Asbeck led Ozark with 44 yards rushing on 11 carries. Brandon Brokeshoulder and Ethan Hawkins each had 13 tackles for Ozark.
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