Saving the best for last showcased an over impressive season finale victory for Hope's ninth grade football team on this past Monday night to convincingly defeat De Queen 29-6 for their first victory of the 2017 football season in junior high gridiron competition at Hammons Stadium.

Saving the best for last showcased an over impressive season finale victory for Hope's ninth grade football team on this past Monday night to convincingly defeat De Queen 29-6 for their first victory of the 2017 football season in junior high gridiron competition at Hammons Stadium.

Hope came out with the early spark led by a explosive 59-yard touchdown run by Travion Rhodes on the quarterback keeper at the 7:23 mark. James Deloney scored the 2-point conversion and Hope led De Queen 8-0 in the first quarter. De Queen would attack back with a couple of first down drives, but the Hope's defense made a statement and kept the visiting Cubs from scoring to end first quarter action scoreless.

In the second, De Queen answered back at the 7:26 mark to score on a 7-yard touchdown run, but Hope's defense came up big for the stop on the 2-point conversion and remained with the lead over the Cubs, 8-6.

Then at the 5:54 mark, QB Rhodes launched a rainbow spiral 67-yard touchdown pass reception to Kenneth Anderson to extend the Hope lead to 14-6.

Defensively, Hope's defense stood command to force a fumble and recovered by to regain back possession to cause an De Queen turnover with under a minute remaining in the second quarter. Hope took over possession from their own 41-yard line. Cory Lewis stepped up big and bulldozed through the De Queen's defense for a key first down to the Cubs 25-yard line with 29 seconds left in the half.

Rhodes took it from their for two key first down QB keepers inside the 10-yard line and scoring Hope's third touchdown of the night from 4-yards at with 9.7 seconds remaining in the half. Anderson scored the 2-point conversion and Hope maintained a 22-6 lead over De Queen at halftime.

In the third quarter, Anderson soared once again into the end zone and this time on a 55-yard touchdown run at the 4:42 mark with PAT good to give Hope a 29-6 lead over De Queen. This would be the final touchdown of the game for Hope. From this point, Hope's defense did the work to keep the Cubs scoreless for the entire second half and stopped De Queen on several drives after first down possessions in the fourth quarter.

Hope ninth grade football head coach Anthony Meeker felt his troops made progress throughout the season. In the previous loss on the road in Camden 35-7, Meeker said the team came out strong and scored right off the back and had a couple of good defensive stands.

Carlos Navarrete, Duwon Nsonso and Davion Durden all had big defense sparks against Camden and offensively, Zykeis Raglon completed Hope's lone touchdown pass reception to Anderson. Meeker hoped his team would go into their final game of the season ready and focused and ending the year on a good note. As a result, Hope succeeded for victory and Meeker hopes this will be something they can build going into next season for 2018.