Bobcats hope to upset Pea Ridge

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Berryville Bobcats aren't catching the Pea Ridge Blackhawks at a good time. Coming off their first loss of the season last week, the Blackhawks are likely to be extra motivated for Friday night's game against the visiting Bobcats.

Pea Ridge (6-1, 3-1 4A-1) has averaged more than 400 yards of offense per game this season, showing no dropoff after reaching the Class 4A state semifinals last season.

"They are a good team," Berryville coach Austin Winters said. "They have a lot of speed and we just have to go out and play assignment football."

Offensively, the Blackhawks will come out in a Pro-I formation, led by junior quarterback Jakota Sainsbury. Sainsbury has completed 52 of 94 passes for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns. All-conference running back Zaine Holley has rushed for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns on 117 carries. Junior Drew Winn has averaged 12.6 yards a carry, gaining 479 yards on 38 carries. Hayden Holtgrewe is Pea Ridge's leading receiver, with 556 yards and six touchdown on 33 catches.

Berryville (3-4, 1-3) will try to slow down the Blackhawks with a defense anchored by Charlie Archer, who leads the Bobcats in tackles, along with defensive backs Wyatt Poe and Robby Broseus.

"They are fast and aggressive defensively," Winters said. "We have to come out ready to go. We are trying to ruin their homecoming and avenge our loss from last week."

Senior Jacob Graham has been Berryville's workhorse on offense this season. Graham has 911 yards of total offense this season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Pea Ridge.

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