Berryville victorious in rain-delayed CC Super Bowl

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GREEN FOREST -- We wait 365 days for the Carroll County Super Bowl. Mother Nature made us wait an extra day this year, as rain drenched Tiger Stadium on Friday evening, forcing the game to be postponed until Saturday. When everything was finally settled Saturday afternoon, the Berryville Bobcats came out on top, defeating the Green Forest Tigers 25-3.

"We remembered last season's score and that feeling," Berryville coach Austin Winters said, referring to Green Forest's victory in 2015. "Our kids responded. We started out a little bit slow, hurt ourselves with some penalties, but the kids were ready to play and they were happy to take care of business this year."

Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said not being able to play the game on Friday was a letdown, but he said the game being moved to Saturday had no impact on the outcome.

"Our kids played really hard for three and a half quarters of the ballgame," Bishop said. "When you build yourself up to play and you aren't going to play it's kind of disappointing."

The Tigers received the ball to start the game and went on a 13-play drive that resulted in an Edson Merida field goal.

"I was really happy with the way we started the ballgame," Bishop said. "We had a nice time-consuming drive and got some points out of it. Edson kicked a field goal, which will hopefully be a confidence builder for him."

The Berryville running game accounted for 316 yards on Saturday, including 80 yards on the Bobcats' first possession. With the ball resting at the Tiger 49, Jacob Graham broke through a hole on the left side of the offensive line for a touchdown. Graham finished with 166 yards rushing.

Ariel Orellana's extra point gave Berryville a 7-3 lead with 2:00 remaining in the first quarter.

"Jacob finished with 166 yards on the ground and 26 in the air, but it couldn't have been done without the offensive line," Winters said.

After the teams exchanged punts, Berryville's Robby Broseus intercepted a pass, giving the Bobcats the ball at midfield. The Bobcats worked their way to first and goal from the Tiger 9. A Luke Britt quarterback draw made it second and goal from the 2, but a chop block moved the ball back to the Tiger 17. Graham gained a yard on second down. On third down, the Bobcats drew pass interference in the end zone.

"In pro, it's a spot foul and automatic first down," Winters said. "Since we were inside the 20, they did half the distance to the goal. They didn't give us a first down since it was third and goal. It would have been nice to get a fresh set of downs there."

Britt threw an incomplete pass on fourth and goal from the Tiger 8. With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Tigers advanced the ball to their own 38, but were forced to bring the punting team out. Berryville led 7-3 at halftime.

The teams traded three-and-outs to start the second half, but the Bobcats sustained a drive midway through the third quarter. Graham broke free for a 42-yard run and Britt's pass to Devon Smith on fourth and five from the Tiger 32 helped keep the drive alive. A pass breakup on fourth and 15 gave the ball back to the Tigers, though.

"We were able to move the ball, but we had too many penalties," Winters said. "Penalties backed us up all day."

After Green Forest was forced to punt, the Bobcats got the ball at their own 39. On third and four, Gaven Maxwell ran the ball up the middle and got the first down, but on his way to the ground there was a question as to whether or not he fumbled the football.

"I thought it was a fumble," Bishop said. "Looking back at the tape, it could have went either way, it's just one of those official judgment calls. I disagreed with it and thought it was for sure a fumble."

The Bobcats led 7-3 going into the fourth quarter and Bishop believes the play helped decide the final outcome.

"It wasn't beneficial for us, that's for sure," Bishop said. "The kids didn't respond well."

Two plays into the final quarter, Graham scored another touchdown to give Berryville a 13-3 lead. After the Tigers went three-and-out, Berryville went on an 11-play drive, which was highlighted by a 28-yard pass from Britt to Smith. The drive ended with a Britt touchdown from a yard out, giving Berryville a 19-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Maxwell scored a touchdown with 1:59 remaining to give the Bobcats the 25-3 victory. The senior high victory meant the Bobcats went 3 for 3 against Green Forest this year.

"It started with the seventh grade," Winters said. "They were excited. They know those guys. Then junior high carried it on and we made it three for three, so we were excited about that."

For Green Forest, Cory Bryant finished with 61 yards rushing and Jordan Zepeda-Mahaffey had 20. Creel Roberts had 15 tackles and Jose Hernandez had nine. To go along with Graham's 166 yards on the ground, Maxwell had 61. Britt completed eight of 19 passes for 132 yards. Wyatt Poe had three receptions for 46 yards. Andrew Scroggins had 10 tackles, while Charlie Archer and Broseus each had eight.

On Friday, Berryville travels to Shiloh Christian and Green Forest hosts Marshall.

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