Jr. Bobcats end scrimmage with TD

Thursday, September 5, 2002
Berryville's No. 5, David Jones, pulled in this pass from Cody Neal to score the winning touchdown in the Junior Bobcats' scrimmage last Thursday with Pea Ridge. No. 81, Keith Smith, cheered Jones on to paydirt. The Junior Bobcats won the contest 14-8. CCN/David McNeal

It was a typical junior high football scrimmage, a blend of mistakes and big plays, but the Berryville Junior Bobcats ended up on top of the Pea Ridge Junior Black Hawks, 14-8, on one of the last plays of the scrimmage last Thursday night.

Backup quarterback Cody Neal found receiver David Jones open and fired the ball to him, with the pair getting credit for a 29-yard touchdown connection.

Berryville's first score came in the third quarter when speedy running back Tommy Blewett broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown romp.

"Anytime you put the ball in his hands, he's dangerous," Coach Owen Powell said about Blewett. "We had a good effort, but made a few mistakes, like when we drove the length of the field to the 2-yard line, then had penalties. We missed a golden opportunity right there.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but you have to give Pea Ridge credit. They had 51 kids out, and they're a good club."

Coach Powell said the offense was kept very basic, just four plays, as coaches from three schools were scouting the game.

"Coaches from Huntsville, Green Forest and Yellville were there, and those are our first three games," Powell said. "We just wanted to see if the offense could line up and whip them.

"We also kept the defense simple, just our basic D," Powell added. "At times, our defense was a little soft, but their offense is the dead-T, and it has three handoffs every time. That's hard to cover."

Powell said his first offense had some bright spots, including Ty Roberts. "He ran the ball extremely hard. He's a tough guy," Powell said. "And Jacob Wright did a good job.

"Our offensive line did pretty good. It's the first time we've played against people our size. That was Kirk Barrows, Charlie Booth, Curtis Chappell, Wright, and Edson Recinos."

Powell said the second unit, that played the third quarter, did well, and that quarterback Cody Neal "did a good job of leading the team and threw for a touchdown. They made some mistakes, had some fumbles, but got experience. They'll need to be ready to step up and play this season.

"We played everybody, a bunch, and Pea Ridge didn't score their first touchdown until the first of the fourth quarter, to make it 8-8."

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