Berryville wins junior high version of Carroll County Super Bowl
BERRYVILLE -- With a 36-14 win against Green Forest in the junior high edition of the Carroll County Super Bowl, Berryville took one final step in obtaining a firm grasp on momentum heading into tonight's varsity battle between the two cross-county rivals.
Emilio Duarte rushed nine times for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Berryville (2-0) tallied 305 yards on the ground, mainly due to the punishing running style of the talented freshman. He also picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards to end the first half.
"He's pretty good," Berryville junior high coach Don Earnest said. "He's got a chance to be really good. I was impressed with him. The first man is never going to bring him down. He's a player."
Sebastian Paez also had a good night on the ground with 83 yards on seven carries as Berryville didn't attempt a pass all night.
"Defensively, we couldn't stop them," Green Forest coach Tony Coffey said. "They ran all over us. I coach the defense and it's my fault. I didn't have them prepared well enough. It falls on me. That's the bottom line."
That was the bottom line as the 'Cats ran 28 plays and averaged 10.8 yards per play.
Duarte averaged 17 yards per touch and scored on a 42-yard run in the waning moments of the first half and an 11-yard jaunt in the final minute of the game to seal the win, a victory Earnest said would spill over to tonight's battle for the Carroll County Cup.
"I think it's big," Earnest said. "It gives us a little momentum. We feel pretty good right now. We feel like 7th (grade) through 12th (grade) we are getting it turned around and headed in the right direction. We want to continue that and dominate this series. We feel like we have the better team. We just have to go out there and do it."
Berryville not only dominated the junior varsity game, it also claimed a 22-20 win in the junior high affair. Bobcat nation took early momentum in the week with a straight-set win over the Tigers in volleyball action.
Coffey said the early momentum was not that significant.
"I have seen it happen too many times," he said. "We could both be undefeated coming in and they come in and play with heart. Or we could both come in without a win and we play with heart. it's just a cross-town rivalry and that's how it is."
Thomas Trowbridge added 11 carries for 62 yards while quarterback Jacob Graham added seven yards on three carries.
Dalton Anglin led the Tigers with 56 rushing yards on nine attempts, Carl Roberts tallied 42 yards on 11 carries, Billy Evans had 42 yards on 11 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown run, and Nathaniel Harp had eight yards on four carries as the Tigers tallied 146 yards on the ground.
Evans completed 5 of 8 passes for 26 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Roberts caught two passes for 13 yards, Trace DeLozier hauled in one for nine and Anglin caught two for four yards.