Highlights hard to come by as Bobcats stay winless in conference
The Berryville Bobcats had another rough outing Friday night against Prairie Grove, losing 44-14.
The Bobcats are struggling to find any positives as the season draws to a close. Behind 18-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Bobcats were never able to get back in contention.
The Tigers scored 20 more points in the second quarter, extending their lead to 38-0 at halftime and invoking the Arkansas Activities Association sportsmanship rule and a continuously running clock on the second half.
Berryville Coach Lee Atkins was able to find one positive.
"All of our players who dressed for the game had an opportunity to play in the game," Atkins said.
Atkins said the younger players struggled on special teams, giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown and a blocked punt, but they played better on defense.
Atkins gave credit to Prairie Grove (5-3, 4-2 4A-1) for establishing a game plan and sticking to it.
"The defense played better this week," Atkins said. "We just came up short against a very good Prairie Grove football team."
Keaton Hoft led the Bobcats (2-7, 0-6) in rushing with 62 yards on nine attempts and a touchdown. Aiden Brummett ran for a 54-yard touchdown on his only carry. Emilio Duarte had 45 yards on 11 carries. Bryan King rushed the ball four times for 23 yards. Tate Ferguson also had four rushes for 21 yards and Deonte Payton had 21 yards on six carries.
Defensively, Austin Howerton assisted on a tackle and recovered a fumble. Garrett Record had three tackles and an interception. Duarte and Ferguson each had seven tackles.
Berryville will finish its season at home Friday against Huntsville (3-6, 1-5). Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Atkins admits his team isn't as strong as Huntsville along the offensive and defensive lines, but he hopes Berryville's hunger for a win can will his team to a victory.
"We feel like our seniors' desire to go out with a victory may give us an edge," Atkins said. "We will throw every formation in the playbook at them and try to find a way to put our athletes in space to have a chance to score. We must be patient and take what the Eagles give us. We hope to have all of our players back in uniform this week."