BV looks to get on track in 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Berryville High School's 2015 football schedule included six home games. In 2016, the Bobcats will only have four home games at Ronnie Clark Field.

Berryville has six road games on its schedule for this fall, including a trip to Green Forest for the annual Carroll County Super Bowl.

"The Green Forest game is only about 10 minutes," Berryville coach Austin Winters said. "We still have to go there, but it won't be bad travel-wise. We don't go to Gentry or Gravette, so we don't have those real long trips, but we have to be ready no matter where we go."

Berryville will start the season with a home game against Decatur, but that is followed by three consecutive road games at Clinton, Green Forest and Shiloh Christian. Winters said it will be important for the Bobcats to get off to a good start.

"We built the schedule where Harrison will be a good test for us to start the regular season and then we play Decatur at home, but like we talked about last year, we have to take care of things we do. If we do that each play and each game, things will be good."

Berryville's week two matchup against Clinton replaces West Fork from a year ago. The Yellowjackets have moved down to Class 3A and the Tigers have moved up to Class 4A.

"West Fork moved up to 4A and they wanted to keep the teams that were in their conference last year as non-conference games, so they dropped us and we picked up Clinton," Winters said.

After the week four matchup at Shiloh Christian, Berryville returns home to face Gentry for homecoming. The Pioneers finished seventh in 4A-1 last year.

"Every conference win is big," Winters said. "It would definitely get things rolling and that is what we want, but it starts in camp and everything will take care of itself."

After the Gentry game, the Bobcats will travel to Lincoln and return home for a game against Gravette. Winters believes these are both games Berryville can win.

"The Lincoln game has been close the last few years," Winters said. "Hopefully we can carry that over into Gravette. It's just taking care of the little things."

Once the Bobcats get to week eight, Berryville will face a difficult challenge, facing back-to-back road games at Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove. Both of those teams made it to the Class 4A state semifinals last year. Prairie Grove played for the state championship.

"Last year we played Prairie Grove and Pea Ridge close for a half and we just want to turn that into a full game," Winters said. "They had good years and we can build off that."

Berryville finishes the season with a home game against Huntsville, who will be under new leadership after Tommy Tice retired after 42 years of coaching.

"We don't know much about Huntsville," Winters said. "We have heard they might change a few things up, formation-wise, but we haven't heard or seen for sure. We will see them in our camp that first Thursday when we get back to it."

On Aug. 26, Berryville opens with a scrimmage at home against Harrison. On September 2, the Bobcats host Decatur for the first regular-season game of the year.

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