Carroll County Shootout ends in 6-6 tie for first time ever

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Berryville halfback Peter Acuna saw the goal line in Friday's game against Green Forest and powered in with Tigers Bryan Evans, No. 21, Abel Reyes, No. 2, and others on his back. The annual shootout ended in a 6-6 tie this year as defenses of both teams kept the offenses at bay. Photo courtesy of michaelsphotos.com.

BERRYVILLE -- It was a game of two halves Friday at the Carroll County Shootout between the host Berryville Bobcats and Green Forest Tigers.

The Tigers won the first half 6-0, with the Bobcats winning the second 6-0, leaving the game tied and no one satisfied with the annual grudge match.

Both teams missed two field goals and extra points, and even a blocked punt by Berryville with 1:02 to play didn't turn into any points.

"It was a typical battle that both teams wanted to win," Bobcat coach Bobby Bishop said. "It was my first tie as a head coach. We didn't lose and we didn't win."

Tiger coach Bill Gotto had similar thoughts. "We tied, but it felt like we lost. We didn't play as a team very well."

The Tigers put together three drives the first half, the first ending with a missed David Beas field goal with 4:09 to play the first quarter.

Berryville's defense stopped the second drive early in the second quarter, then an interception off Bobcat quarterback Jeremy Wilson by Tiger David Rios keyed a drive from the Green Forest 25 to paydirt, with Abel Reyes and Brian Badley carrying the mail.

After converting a fourth-and-three at the 18 with 1:54 to play, Tiger quarterback Josiah Goodman found Gary Smith in the corner of the end zone and fired an 11-yard strike for six with 11 seconds left in the half.

"Gary came back and caught one," Gotto said. "He had dropped one earlier."

Coach Bishop said, "Green Forest did a good job hanging onto the football. We just had seven snaps for minus nine yards the first half."

Second Half

Coach Bishop challenged the Bobcats at halftime, telling his players they just needed one touchdown to catch up.

That keyed a Berryville defensive stand with 4:54 to go in the third quarter that turned the tide, as the Bobcats stopped the Tigers on fourth-and-5 at their own 18.

"That was a nice drive in the third quarter," Gotto said. "It looked like we could score, but we did not."

Coach Bishop said, "We responded to the challenge at halftime, made a good stand and controlled the ball. It showed the good character of the kids."

Berryville put five first downs together to the Green Forest 25 with no penalties, but the Tiger defense held as the fourth quarter started.

"We made a good defensive stand in our territory before their scoring drive," Gotto said.

Coach Bishop said, "That was a key drive, gave us momentum as we started wearing them down. It was our best offensive drive of the season."

The Bobcats marched again on their next possession from their 26 with 8:04 left in the fourth behind hard running from Eric Holman and Peter Acuna, with Acuna racing in from four yards out to tie the game at 6-6 with 2:23 to play.

"Berryville's size edge wore on us late in the game," Gotto said. "I thought Abel Reyes played good on defense, and Ramsey Walker was in on eight tackles."

Coach Bishop said, "Eric Holman ran the ball hard and Taylor Roberts played his best game as a Bobcat. Cody Easley helped at fullback with big blocks.

"Dalton Jacobs and Ryan Nance at tight end did a nice job sealing off on sweeps, and Justin Smith at center showed his leadership."

As the end neared, a Green Forest drive stalled at midfield, forcing a Tiger punt, but a low snap allowed Berryville's Andy McCanless to sail in and block the punt, giving the Bobcats the ball at the Tiger 30-yard line with 1:02 to play.

"We replaced our snapper and punter due to injuries," Gotto noted. "We weren't solid in the kicking game, missed assignments on the blocked punt, and missed field goals and extra points."

The game hung in the balance at the 30-yard line with just 22 seconds to play and fourth-and-seven for Berryville, but the Tiger defense held out for the tie.

"We just ran out of time," Coach Bishop said, "but I was proud of our kids."

Game Stats

Green Forest

Rushing- Reyes- 23/103; Badley- 15/40; Goodman- 6/10; Dylan Allen- 3/3. Total- 47/156.

Passing- Goodman- 5/8 for 47 yds.

Receiving- Caleb Eagleson- 1/24; Reyes- 2/7; Badley- 1/2; Smith- 1/14, TD.

1st Downs- GF- 13, BV 8.

Penalties- GF 25, BV 20.

Fumbles- GF 2, lost 1.

Kickoff return- Badley- 1/14.

Punt return- Badley- 1/7.

Tackles- (solo/assist) Allen- 2/5; Eagleson- 0/1; Bryan Evans- 3/3; Keith Horton- 2/5; Tanner Marr- 1/3; Kyle McKelvey- 0/4; Julio Reyo- 3/0, caused fumble; Reyes- 1/3; Rios- 3/1, Interception; Smith- 2/3; Matt Snyder- 0/4; Ramesy Walker- 3/5; Matthew Wellborn- 1/3.

Berryville

Rushing-Acuna- 21/98, TD; Holman- 13/53; Wilson- 5/-4.

Passing- Wilson- 0/4, 1 Int.

Punts- 2/65 yds.

Punt returns- Larry Franklin- 1/23; Holman- 1/6.

Tackles- (solo/assist) Holman- 2/5; Fry- 3/3; Franklin- 1/3, .5 sack; Tennant- 2/3; Nance- 5/3, 1 Tfl; Easley- 3/10, fumble forced, fumble recovery; Smith- 0/2, .5 sack; Hostetler- 5/9; Acuna- 0/2; McCanless- 1/4; Roberts- 1/4, 1 Tfl; Green- 0.1; Lanningham- 0/1; Garrett- 0/3, .5 Tfl; Wilson- 1/0; Flowers- 1/0; Solomon- 0/1.

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