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High school back scores nine TDs, team still loses

LEPANTO, Ark. -- Kendric Smith scored nine touchdowns, on runs ranging from 1 to 54 yards, and it still wasn't enough for Hughes High School.

Smith broke the state record for touchdowns in a game, the last coming in overtime, but Hughes lost 73-72 on Friday night to East Poinsett County. He broke the Arkansas record of eight touchdowns in a game set by Alvin Bell of Little Rock in 1919 and matched by Chris James of Osceola in 2003.

Quarterback Brett Hardin had 835 all-purpose yards for East Poinsett County in the meeting of previously winless teams.

East Poinsett County (1-6) and Hughes (0-5) were tied 66-66 at the end of regulation. Hughes scored first in overtime on a 1-yard run by Smith but failed on a two-point conversion. East Poinsett County responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Hardin and won the game on an extra point by Joseph Peridore.