First quarter mistakes cost Bobcats

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Spotting a team 21 points in the first quarter is never a good thing. That is what the Berryville Bobcats did Friday night against Gravette in a 42-12 loss. Gravette scored on a 60-yard screen on the first play of the game, and it was all downhill from there. The Bobcats went three-and-out on their first possession and the Lions took advantage by driving the field once again and running it in for a touchdown. Another Berryville punt resulted in more Gravette points. The Lions scored as a Gravette receiver got behind the Berryville secondary for a 70-yard touchdown pass.

Berryville coach Austin Winters said it is difficult to win a game when trailing by 21 after the first quarter.

"You have to play perfect after that," Winters said. "That makes it hard to come back from."

A Berryville turnover resulted in another Gravette touchdown. In the second half, the Bryan King scored on a quarterback sneak and Ethan King caught a touchdown pass from Bryan King.

Winters said the Bobcats played much better in the second half and he was proud of his team for not committing as many turnovers as it had in the past few games.

"We didn't have as many penalties as we have and kept playing, even when the game wasn't in our favor," Winters said. "I mean we came out in the second half and scored and played good defense, so that is the good thing, but we have to get to where we don't spot a team 21 points."

Winters experimented with playing lineman Justin Bredeson at running back last week and he will continue that this week.

"He ran the ball hard," Winters said.

Winters said Garrett Record and J.T. Archer both had good games defensively.

Berryville (2-5, 0-4 4A-1) hosts Pea Ridge (5-2, 2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. It will be "Pink Out" night for the Bobcats in support of breast cancer awareness.

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