- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Quarterback Alex Francis threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another on Saturday to propel his Harding Academy Wildcats to a 33-18 victory in the Class 3A high school football championship.

Harding Academy (14-1) notched its sixth state title with its win over the Rivercrest Colts (11-4).

Francis finished 22 of 31 for 308 yards and tossed scoring passes of 43 and 3 yards to Luke Fouts. Francis also scored on a 6-yard run in the third quarter.

He was named the game’s most valuable player - a feat this older brother Will accomplished while leading the Wildcats to the state title in 2012.

Rivercrest running back Cecil Langston ran for 162 yards on 29 carries and set a single-season state record with 3,202 yards.



Langston scored two of the Colts’ touchdowns on runs of 70 and 3 yards. His 70-yard run gave the Colts a 6-0 lead. Francis’ 43-yard touchdown pass to Fouts - who caught five passes for 72 yards - tied the score with 9:43 left in the half.

Running touchdowns by Gabe Chapman from the 5-yard line and Francis’ 6-yard run built the Harding lead to 26-12. Rayan Harness ran a fumble in from the 24 yards for the final score.

Langston’s 3-yard run capped the Colts’ scoring

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