Bobcats open 2011 season at home with defeat to Yellville
BERRYVILLE -- Head coach Eric Daniel and the senior high Bobcats opened their 2011 campaign at home with a nail-bitting 13-7 loss to the Yellville-Summit Panthers on Friday night in front of a large capacity crowd at Ronnie Clark Field at Bobcat Stadium.
Daniel, who is entering his second year at the helm, looks to improve on the team's 2-8 record from a year ago.
Flash forward to 2011.
The Bobcats got off to a rough start by allowing a quick 38-yard rushing touchdown to Yellville's Terrance Taylor.
Penalties would also hamper the Bobcats in the first quarter as senior quarterback Dauton Lynn fumbled the snap, which was recovered by the Panthers. The turnover would eventually put the Panthers up 13-0.
However, the Bobcats would buckle down in a critical defensive stand with 13 seconds left in the first half.
With their backs against the wall, the Bobcats would hold ground and force the Panthers to attempt a field goal, which was no good.
In the second half, the offense and defense took over. Lynn and sophomore running back Ethan Chapin would take over.
Lynn guided the team down field and Chapin broke through the defense for a 15-yard run that put the Bobcats on the 1-yard line.
Next, Chapin would punch the ball across the goal line.
However, that would be the only points for the home team.
The Bobcats' defense kept the team in the game throughout the second half, but the offense couldn't find the end zone.
Lynn became very cerebral as he caught the Panthers napping with his hard counts.
The Bobcats had one last chance on the final drive, but on fourth and seven, Lynn's scramble wasn't enough to keep the drive going.
The Bobcats had the Panthers in a third and four, but Taylor gashed the defense for a first down and the season-opening victory.
Even though the Bobcats took the loss, they showed determination and heart throughout the second half by preventing the Panthers from tacking on any more points.
The Bobcats take to the field again on Friday night when they travel to Huntsville.
No game stats were given