Bobcats' offense piles up yards in Game 1 victory
The Berryville Bobcats had been focused on one thing during the off season: starting off the year with a win. With a 36-19 victory over Decatur Friday night, they did just that.
"It wasn't pretty, it wasn't always smooth, but it was a hard-fought win," Berryville Coach Lee Atkins said.
Berryville was only up 14-7 heading into halftime, but after making a few adjustments, Berryville was able to begin wearing down a thinner Decatur roster.
"We saw going into the third quarter that their key players were all cramping up and having a lot of issues with the game," Atkins said. "Just like we suspected, our numbers helped us going late into the fourth quarter because we were able to just get in the I-formation and pound it and own the clock."
Senior running back Aiden Brummett led the way for the Bobcats with 153 yards rushing and a touchdown. Deonte Payton added 123 yards and two scores. Sophomore quarterback Jacob Graham looked good in his debut as well, completing five of six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Bobcats finished with 398 yards of total offense.
Defensively, Tate Ferguson led the way with 16 tackles and one sack and Keaton Hoft, who Atkins said is the smallest player on the field, made some big plays.
"Decatur did a very good job of moving the ball, and they scored 19 points, which we weren't happy about," Atkins said. "We thought we had enough talent on the defensive side of the ball to limit them to one or two touchdowns."
While his team got the win, Atkins knows that to be a contender in conference play, the Bobcats must learn from some of the things that hurt them against Decatur.
"Our objective this week is to learn from our mistakes and make incremental improvements throughout the week," Atkins said.
This week, Berryville will get to play in front of its home fans for the first time when West Fork comes to town. Atkins said the Bobcats secondary will be tested.
"They throw the ball very well," Atkins said. "Our secondary and our alternates that work into the secondary will be expected to contribute this week. Because Deonte and Aiden both play so much offense, our sophomores will have to be at the top of their games."