Winters, Bobcats staying positive

Friday, October 16, 2015

It has been a difficult start to conference play for the Berryville Bobcats, but coach Austin Winters is optimistic the Bobcats can have a promising season.

"We are taking things one week at a time," Winters said. "We just want to keep trying to get better. The big thing is limiting the mistakes. We dig ourselves in a hole and we can't get out of it. If we do that, we give ourselves a chance."

Midway through the game against Lincoln last week, quarterback Brian King got overheated and was forced to sit out the second half. Winters said he is healthy this week and he will split quarterback duties with Jacob Graham once again.

"He kind of had the chills and stuff," Winters said. "We will rotate them (Graham and King) around and see how it goes."

A bright spot for Berryville against Lincoln was running back Gaven Maxwell. Maxwell rushed for 187 yards on 24 carries. He also had two touchdowns.

"He has ben able to do it all along," Winters said. "He is feeling comfortable back there and the line was opening up holes for him. You gotta give the line credit. Didn't really know he had that many yards until after, but he busted a lot of long runs and had a good game."

The Bobcats travel to Gravette (4-2, 2-1 4A-1) Friday night. The Lions are coming off a big win against Pea Ridge last week. The Blackhawks hadn't lost a conference game since 2013.

"It was a back and forth game," Winters said. "They kind of pulled away at the end. We will have to do our job and do it well."

Winters knows his lineman will have to be ready to play Friday night, as this will likely be the biggest team the Bobcats face all year.

"They are big up front," Winters said. "They have a couple lineman who are over 300 pounds."

Winters said the Bobcats will have to be ready to stop the run.

"They like to run the football," Winters said. "They have a pretty good passing game, and they will do both. They have a fullback they like to throw the football to out of the backfield."

Kickoff for Friday night's matchup between Berryville (2-4, 0-3) and Gravette is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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