Third year charm for Junior Bobcats
BERRYVILLE -- For the first time in Bobcat coach Budd Smith's three-year reign as junior high head coach, the Berryville Junior Bobcats beat the Green Forest Junior Tigers last Thursday night.
The game ended as a 14-0 shutout, but not before both teams took shots at the end zone in the second half in efforts to change that halftime score.
Berryville also won the seventh-grade game, 16-8.
"We had some good drives, but we fumbled, had turnovers, and they capitalized on them," Green Forest coach Jay Martin said. "I want to compliment Coach Smith and his staff."
Coach Smith talked about his players after the win.
"We played well, played hard, and our defense played well," Smith said. "We didn't give up any big pass plays.
"Ellis Cook ran the ball hard at fullback, impressed me, and he scored our first touchdown. Travis McBryde passed to Tye Masters for the extra point and they connected to make it 8-0.
"Ellis also made a big stop at the end of the game when Green Forest was on our 5-yard line. It stopped them from possibly scoring on fourth down.
"McBryde was 3 of 5 passing for about 75 yards, and Jeremy Wilson had two catches for about 70 yards," Smith said.
"Our second touchdown was a halfback pass from Adam Noble to Wilson for a 42-yard score. Adam threw a nice spiral. We didn't get the point after, but were up 14-0."
Coach Smith said Jeremy Flowers caused a fumble that Eric Holman recovered, and that Wilson grabbed another loose ball later on. Berryville drove to the Tiger 5-yard line in the second half but fumbled a scoring chance away.
"Cameron Edwards, at left guard, played his first game there and only had one mistake. He played real solid football," Smith said. "Our kickoff team covered well, and Patrick Wood did a good job on the cross-field kick. He placed them well."
Coach Martin said, "The first quarter we had a good drive, then got back-to-back penalties. We recovered a fumble later, then fumbled a kick return and they got the ball on our 20 and scored.
"In the third quarter we drove to the 14 and were really moving the ball, then had a turnover. Dillon Allen made a great catch on fourth-and-long. Josiah Goodman threw the ball well, and Keith Horton ran the ball well towards the end of the game.
"I also want to compliment our defense. They played better, gave up 28 points last time and only 14 this time."
Green Forest drove to the Berryville 5-yard line at the end with just 49 seconds remaining after Goodman hit Abel Reyes with a series of passes, but couldn't convert due to a fourth down sack.
Berryville travels to Union Christian in Fort Smith next Thursday, while Green Forest hosts Lincoln.
Berryville scored first on a fullback dive that Ben Hale turned into a 20-yard touchdown run. Addison Cook ran for the 2-point conversion and it was 8-0. Ryan Green recovered a fumble that led to Hale's score.
Berryville's second touchdown came when quarterback Drew Fry read the option correctly on a fourth down play and raced 25 yards to paydirt. Fry then threw to Blake Jech for a 2-point conversion to make it 16-0.
Green Forest scored their touchdown in the second half when Brian Badley had a long run to score six, and Weston Alvard made the 2-point conversion for Green Forest's eighth point and the final 16-8 score.