Junior Bobcats show discipline, long runs, pass plays in opener

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Ninth-grader Jeff Adams slipped past a defender on this play and turned in a good run during the Bobcat junior high Purple-Gold scrimmage on Friday. The Junior Bobcats will scrimmage at Lincoln on Thursday starting about 6 p.m. vs Gravette and Lincoln teams. David McNeal / Carroll County News

BERRYVILLE -- Long breakaway runs and pass plays of 60 yards and more highlighted the Bobcat junior high football Purple-Gold scrimmage on Friday.

Head coach Don Earnest said, "I was pleased. The kids handled it well, being under lights and in front of parents. We only used a couple of formations and used basic plays.

"I was really pleased different people made big plays. We had three, four, five guys that did good things."

That included 42 and 20-yard touchdown runs by halfback Ethan Chapin, 35- and 65-yard pass plays for touchdowns from quarterback Jeff Adams to Rolando Perez, a 70-yard TD sprint by eighth-grade quarterback Austin Carr, and a 79-yard TD dash by Tyler Coatney.

"I thought Tyler Coatney did real good," Coach Earnest said. "He had a couple of touchdowns and an interception. Koylln Scitern had some good licks on defense, and Cody Powell came in at quarterback for the White team and did a nice job."

Earnest said his two quarterbacks, Adams and Carr, "did alright. They're learning the offense. Jeff is smart and moves well for how big he is. He's 6-2 and maybe 220. Austin is a good athlete who makes something happen.

"Rolando Perez, a tailback, asked to play some receiver. He has good hands and does something with it when he makes a catch.

"We're just taking baby steps, two or three formations and eight or 10 plays. We'll focus on that."

Scrimmage Thursday

The Junior Bobcats, now with 51 on the roster, will scrimmage at Lincoln Thursday at 6 p.m., playing two 8-minute quarters against Lincoln, then two more against Gravette.

Free Pizza Supper

The Bobcat Booster Club hosted a pizza feed for both junior and senior high teams after their games, continuing a tradition of support for the players and program.

Scoring

Chapin- 42-yd. TD run end of second quarter. PAT run, Carr- Purple team 8-0.

Chapin- 20-yd. TD run at 1:32 of third quarter. No PAT- Purple 14-0.

Adams- 35-yard option pass to Perez at 5:21 of fourth- PAT Powell pass to Perez for White team- 14-8.

Coatney- 79-yd. TD run at 4:14 of fourth- PAT no- Purple 20-8.

Adams- 60-yd. pass play to Perez for White team- PAT, Adams run. Purple 20-16.

Carr- 70-yd. TD run at 0:13 of fourth for Purple. PAT, Coatney- 28-16 Purple.

Coatney- Intercept Adams at buzzer.

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