BV finds positives in tough year
Berryville's 2-0 start to the year gave fans reason to believe the Bobcats had got back on the right track, as that matched their best start since 2007. A 20-9 home loss to Green Forest in the Carroll County Superbowl ended those beliefs.
"They got off to a fast start, which got us in the hole," Berryville coach Austin Winters said. "We battled back, but that carried over to some of those other first quarters that were 21-0."
Berryville had a difficult time keeping up with most of its conference opponents, but Winters is proud of his team for competing throughout the season.
"In the Prairie Grove game, they had good field position, but we made them drive it down the field," Winters said. "They didn't get long scores at the beginning and we were competing. You kind of saw in that game where our kids were being physical and we were playing. That carried over to the next game and then the Huntsville game."
Winters hopes that positive energy will carry into the offseason.
"We are going to be getting stronger in the weight room," Winters said. "We will be working on footwork and then the mental side of the game, just what to do and how to do it."
Berryville graduated 12 seniors from this year's team. To Winters, this is a special group.
"Most of these guys have been here since I have been," Winters said. "We will definitely miss their leadership, both on the field and off the field."
For the year, quarterback Bryan King completed 27 of 84 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns while Jacob Graham completed 22 of 51 passes for a touchdown. Jonathon Wood caught seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while Ethan King caught nine passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Graham rushed the ball 92 times for 408 yards and four touchdowns while Garrett Record rushed the ball 54 times for 336 yards and four touchdowns. Gaven Maxwell carried the ball 49 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, J.T. Archer had 59 tackles and Ethan King had 50. Justin Bredeson and Bryan King each had 46 tackles, King had nine for loss. Dakota Smith had six sacks and Ethan King had four interceptions. Record recovered three fumbles.