JUNCTION CITY - Through the years, Junction City’s special teams have proven to be lethal to opponents.
On Friday night, they were again, as Harlandus Frazier returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns to lead Junction City to a 42-18 win over Smackover Friday night in a battle of Union County rivals.
Those who were late in attending missed some early fireworks, as Frazier returned the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown to give the Dragons a 6-0 edge just 10 seconds into the game.
At the 6:23 mark of the opening period, Frazier again made his presence felt by returning a punt 60 yards for a score with Brady Hutcheson’s two-point conversion run extending the lead to 14-0.
The Bucks then responded with Jaqueze Modica scoring on a 10-yard run with 3:49 left to play in the period to cut the lead to 14-6.
The Dragons led by the same score after the opening period, but the Bucks drew closer early in the second period.
Just 26 seconds into the stanza, Dawson Biggers scored on a 9-yard run to slice the Dragons’ lead to 14-12.
However, the Dragons would pull away by scoring three times before intermission.
Hutcheson scored on a 1-yard run just 74 seconds after Biggers’ score to push Junction City’s lead to 20-12.
With 4:56 left in the half, Jakiron Cook scored on a 2-yard run with Jamal Johnson’s two-point conversion giving the Dragons a 28-12 edge.
The Dragons struck again in the final minute with Frazier scoring for the third time in the half on a 55-yard pass from Hutcheson to make it 34-12.
In the third quarter, Johnson padded the Dragons’ lead by racing 41 yards for a score with Hutcheson’s two-point conversion making it 42-12.
The Bucks’ defense collected the final points of the game with D’Kylan Hildreth scoring after recovering a fumble.
The Dragons (1-1) are idle next week before hosting Haynesville (La.) on Sept. 20.
The Bucks (1-1) will play at Shiloh Christian next week.