Jr. Tigers lose to Panthers in shootout

Thursday, September 14, 2006

YELLVILLE -- The Junior Tiger football team got into a shootout with the Panthers of Yellville-Summit last Thursday, racking up 18 first half points.

But the Panthers were no slouches themselves, answering with 20 first half points, then tacking on the deciding score at the start of the second half in a 28-18 victory.

Coach Jay Martin was happy about the points scored the first half, because it meant the offensive line had gotten their assignments down better.

"Yellville scored to start the second half, then controlled the ball the rest of the game," Martin continued. "They ran 30 offensive plays the second half and we had 12.

"Abel Reyes did a great job running the football, broke tackles and ran extremely hard. Josiah Goodman has been fun to watch on the option. He and Keith Horton are doing a great job with it.

"Wesley Kilbourn has been doing a good job catching the ball, along with Hayden Poff, and we also haven't had many busted plays. I'm proud of that."


The Tigers took the opening kickoff and promptly got a penalty, moving them back to their 15-yard line. But the next play, running back Abel Reyes broke loose on a 55-yard dash to Yellville's 2-yard line.

Wesley Kilbourn punched in for six, the PAT failed, and it was 6-0, Tigers.

Green Forest kicked to the Panthers, and on their second play they fumbled and Lamont Jackson recovered for the Tigers. And then it was Josiah Goodman on the option, dashing in from 20 yards out with about three minutes left in the first quarter to make it 12-0.

It looked like the Panthers had coughed the ball up again on their next series when their quarterback fumbled, but the ball came back to him as the Tiger defense relaxed.

In a surprise effort, he launched a pass complete to Green Forest's 5-yard line, and Yellville scored quickly and made the point after to pull to 12-8.

Yellville scored again in the second quarter and led 14-12, but with 3:40 until halftime the Tigers put together a good drive, with Hayden Poff grabbing a short pass and racing 20 yards to score. The point after was missed again, but the Tigers led 18-14.

Disaster struck as the half was winding down when Yellville called a reverse with 13 ticks left on the clock, and it turned into a 60-yard touchdown play, giving them a 20-18 edge at the half.

The Panthers scored quickly to start the second half, then controlled the ball for the remainder of the game and won 28-18.

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