Jr. Tigers 8-6 over rival Bobcats

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

GREEN FOREST -- For a defensive battle that ended in an 8-6 Tiger victory, there sure were a lot of exciting runs, passes and big plays in last Thursday's matchup between the Berryville Junior Bobcat football team and the Green Forest Junior Tigers.

Berryville got on the scoreboard first with an impressive drive the length of the field.

"We moved the ball in four or five plays, with Ellis Cook scoring on a 25-yard run," Bobcat coach Ryan Whetham said. "He made some good cutbacks, but we didn't make the extra point." That left it 6-0, Berryville.

It was the Tigers' turn then, and they ate up most of the second quarter on an equally impressive long drive behind strong runs from Jorge Mendez and David Rios.

Mendez ran in for six on a 3-yard plunge, then Rios carried in for the 2-point conversion, making the final 8-6, Green Forest.

"Our running backs ran hard,"?Tiger coach Jay Martin said," naming Alberto Leal, Brian Badley, Wesley Kilbourn, Mendez and Rios. "They all took advantage of their opportunities. David Rios had a 70-yard touchdown run that was called back for holding."

Coach Martin said the offensive line "showed improvement," then nameJr. Tigers 8-6 over rival Bobcatsd David Beas, Jacob Nichols, Alejandro Perez, Gerardo Perez, Luis Gonzales and Kyler Johnson in that group.

On defense, Martin said Tanner Marr and Brian Badley on the corners played well.

"Berryville threw the ball and those kids stepped up to the challenge," Martin said. "They did a good job, kept fighting."

Coach Whetham also had praise for his Bobcat offensive line, noting Taylor Roberts, Brandon Tuttle, Bryce Brandt, Cody Greenhaw, Ben Hale, Zack Salberg and Page Summers all played well.

"Jeremy Flowers, our fullback, did pretty good, and quarterback Eric Holman had a couple of big throws to Adam Noble and a big run,"Whetham said.

"The defensive line had a good game -- Taylor Roberts, Braden Hill, and Kevin Ramer."

NEXT UP

The Junior Tigers travel to Lincoln on Thursday, while the Junior Bobcats host Union Christian Academy. There will be no seventh grade game for Berryville, so the Bobcat junior high game will start at 6 p.m.

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