Jr. Tigers win in final seconds over Pea Ridge

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Junior Tiger David Rios outran the Shiloh Christian defense on this play for a big gain earlier this season. Against Pea Ridge, Rios had a 55-yard touchdown run and a 2-point extra point. David McNeal / Carroll County News

PEA RIDGE -- The Green Forest Junior Tiger football team waited until the last minute of last Thursday's game with Pea Ridge to break the suspense of an 8-8 tie game.

After an interception return to his own 30-yard line by Brian Badley that stopped a last Blackhawk drive, the Tigers' Dylan Allen broke loose on a 40-yard keeper out of the shotgun formation with 56 seconds to play and put six on the scoreboard for the final 14-6 tally.

"We're 5-3 overall and 4-2 in league play,"?Coach Jay Martin said. "We're guaranteed a winning season.

"I thought our defense played pretty well, although Pea Ridge ran an unbalanced line and we had trouble lining up at first. They will all hit you.

"I thought our defensive ends played better -- Jorge Mendez, Cole Newberry and Eleazar Castillo -- and Dylan and David Rios were consistent at safety. Eddie Allison filled in a right corner and did a good job."

Coach Martin said it was a little cold at the game, but the wind died down. There was a little rain at the end, but "it wasn't bad," he said.

The Tigers fumbled the opening kickoff, giving Pea Ridge the ball at the Tiger 45. The Blackhawks drove and appeared to score, but a penalty cancelled that out and put them back at the 15-yard line. The Tiger defense held, but they had to punt and the first quarter ended with no score.

Then early in the second quarter with about seven minutes until halftime, the Blackhawks scored on a 2-yard run to take an 8-0 lead.

Green Forest came right back, using four plays when Rios broke free on a 55-yard scoring jaunt. Rios got a 2-point extra point and it was 8-8 at halftime.

The third quarter was scoreless as both defenses played well, with Alberto Leal recovering a fumble.

Then Badley's interception late in the fourth gave the Tigers the chance they needed and they won the game on Allen's TD run.

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