Bobcats looking to rebound from difficult loss
The Berryville Bobcats wanted to get off to a fast start last Friday night against the Gentry Pioneers. But turnovers got in the way.
Berryville lost the ball three times in the first half, fell behind by two touchdowns and went on to a 38-22 loss.
Two of Berryville's first-half turnovers resulted in Gentry touchdowns. The Bobcats started with the football, but after a fumble at the Gentry 45, the Pioneers scored on a 55-yard touchdown just 34 seconds into the game. A two-point conversion made it 8-0.
Berryville fumbled on its next possession as well. After working its way to the Bobcats' 4-yard line, Gentry scored again. The two-point conversion made it 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.
"We were able to move the ball, but we would have a costly turnover during a big drive," Berryville coach Austin Winters said. "That would just kill any momentum we had."
Berryville was able to put a successful drive together in the second quarter. Facing a fourth-and-11, quarterback Bryan King found Ethan King, who took the ball to the Pioneer 5. On third and goal from the 1, Bryan King found his way to the end zone with 10 minutes remaining in the half. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
Another Gentry touchdown made it 22-6 at halftime.
The Pioneers scored on the opening drive of the second half and the score was 38-6 entering the fourth quarter when the Bobcat offense came to life.
"We started scoring with them," Winters said. "Our kids played hard until the end."
Jacob Graham scored on a rushing play with 8:17 remaining. Bryan King converted the two-point conversion. With 35 seconds left, Bryan King found Graham for a 60-yard touchdown. Bryan King added the two-point conversion.
Winters hopes the second-half performance will give his team confidence moving forward.
"The running game was strong," Winters said. "We were able to move the ball well."
Berryville (2-3, 0-2 4A-1) hosts Lincoln (1-4, 0-2 4A-1) on Friday. Winters said this is the biggest game for the Bobcats so far.
"We are looking to get our first conference win," Winters said. "We will have a good crowd out there for homecoming. It is most important for us not to make mistakes and hurt ourselves."