Bobcats aim to spoil Blackhawks' record

Friday, October 24, 2014

Berryville has lost its first four conference games, and it appears as though any hope of making the playoffs for the Bobcats is gone.

Pea Ridge (7-0, 4-0 4A-1), however, is tied for the conference lead with Shiloh Christian and hoping to get its first outright conference title since 1994.

The Blackhawks aren't likely to be looking past Berryville (2-5, 0-4), however, because while the Bobcats have only won two conference games in four and a half years, both of those wins came against Pea Ridge.

Kickoff for Friday's game at Pea Ridge is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Blackhawks have a dominant running game this year, led by Shane Ivy. In order for Berryville to upset the Blackhawks, the Bobcats defense will have to shut Ivy down.

"They have a very consistent running game," Berryville Coach Lee Atkins said. "We have had some early-season success in stopping the running game. It has been pass defense that has been a thorn in our side, so what we are going to do is put as many defenders in the box as possible and make them beat us by passing the ball."

Berryville has a lot of young players this year. This is why Atkins said it is important to continue letting his team learn the offensive and defensive system he has implemented rather than throwing any additional gimmicks into the game plan.

"We got plenty of plays; we just got to make them work," Atkins said.

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