Missed opportunities dog Bobcats in battle with Prairie Grove Tigers
BERRYVILLE -- "Missed opportunities," Bobcat junior high head coach Jack Dickey said with a shake of his head about his team's 20-8 loss to Prairie Grove last Thursday.
"We had two holding penalties, one on the 4-yard line, that kept us from scoring early. We were their best defense at time," Coach Dickey said, "but we did find our running game last night. We had more than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing."
It looked like things were going Berryville's way right off when Javier Martinez intercepted the Tigers on the first play of the game at the 50-yard line.
The Bobcats (2-5) had to punt, but kept Prairie Grove backed up on their end of the field the whole first quarter. Berryville drove to the 4-yard line once, but a holding call ended that threat.
In the second quarter the Tigers struck first via a 58-yard pass play to the four. It looked like the Bobcat defense would hold, but a pass interference call gave the Tigers a first down at the one, and they scored with 5:23 to play in the first half, then made a 2-point conversion to lead 8-0.
The Tigers tried an onside kick, but Bobcat Dylan Gibbs dropped on it and it was Berryville's ball at midfield. A drive to the 19-yard line threatened, but the first half ran out with an 8-0 score.
"We moved the ball all night," Coach Dickey said. "We were inside the 10 four times, but couldn't finish. I was proud of our kickoff return people."
Prairie Grove took a long drive in the third quarter and scored to make it 14-0, as they rode their big fullback play after play.
Berryville answered in the fourth with a drive starting at the 8:00 mark.
"Addison Cook and Morgan Wilson had some good runs, got us to the 20, coupled with several short passes from quarterback Emory Mayfield," Coach Dickey said.
"A holding call put us back to the 31, then Mayfield threw a 31-yard TD pass to Alex Dowdle. Emory ran a 2-point conversion in and it was 14-8," Dickey said.
Prairie Grove ate the rest of the quarter up with a long drive, scoring with 1:38 left to make it 20-8.
Then the Bobcats gave it one last try, using four short passes to reach the 9-yard line before time ran out.
"I thought Brandon Garrett played well, and Ben Hale did a good job on their big kid. He also had a couple of good punts," Dickey said. "Dalton Jacobs had three catches, and Heath Werve had three or four good runs."
The Junior Bobcats travel to Gentry this Thursday.
Coach Don Earnest said the team (5-2) lost 20-8 due to long runs by Prairie Grove's Bartholemew of 94 and 60 yards.
"They're the best seventh grade team I've seen since I've been here," Earnest said. "They're undefeated."
Austin Carr had several big runs during the game and provided the only score on a short pass from quarterback Cody Powell that went for 60 yards. Powell also passed for a 2-point conversion.