After easy week 1, Bobcats face test against Clinton

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Berryville's Ethan Gregory makes a catch during a scrimmage against Harrison earlier this year.
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The Berryville Bobcats got an easy 61-0 victory at Decatur last week, but things will get much tougher this week, as they host the Clinton Yellowjackets. Clinton defeated Heber Springs last week and the Yellowjackets beat Berryville 34-0 last year en route to a third-place finish in Class 3A-1.

"I think Clinton is a very good football team, especially for the second week of the season," Berryville coach Doug Shott said. "We watched them scrimmage on film against Pottsville and watched their game film against Heber. I think it's a reflection of coach (Chris) Dufrene. He does a good job over there. They are well-coached. I think they are a very good football team, especially for the second week."

Quarterback Kort Weaver is gone for the Yellowjackets, as are their two leading rushers from last season, Wyatt McCoy and Jake Ferrell. McCoy scored three touchdowns against the Bobcats a year ago.

"They graduated quite a few seniors, but they inherited a bunch of outstanding sophomores," Shott said. "They are outstanding athletes. Their quarterback, (Weston Amos) is a sophomore. He does an outstanding job. He might be as good of a quarterback as we see all year even though he is a sophomore. They have two twin brothers, (Austin and Ethen Drake) They aren't very big, but they can go. They have another sophomore (Sky Davidson) that plays running back for them and outside linebacker. (Caleb Bowman) is a junior. He is a big man. He plays inside linebacker and plays fullback. He is 6-3, about 245 pounds. He brings the hammer. Not only are they well-coached, but they have some kids who can play."

The Yellowjackets have graduated a number of seniors, but their system on offense and defense has remained the same.

"They are still based out of the Wing-T," Shott said. "They will run a twins look out of the Wing-T and they will run a little bit of Shotgun, but they will do what he wants to do most, which is run the Wing-T. Defensively, they advertise a 3-4 (defense), which is the same as they did last year. They are very aggressive. They pin their ears back and try to come get you."

Shott knows the Yellowjackets will be a physical football team and he hopes the Bobcats are ready for that.

"We have to match them blow-for-blow," Shott said. "From the kickoff to the end of the game. To be there at the end of the game, we are going to have to take some licks, but we are going to have to give some licks back. We have to get physical with them just like they are going to get physical with us."

Shott was pleased with some of the things he saw in Friday night’s win against Decatur. He hopes the Bobcats will continue to improve as the season moves along.

"I felt like we were better knowing our assignments Friday night," Shott said. "We have to continue getting better, not only as defensive schemes get a little more complicated, but as athletes get a little better, you have to make sure you know your assignment. That way you aren't thinking about your assignment. You are executing your assignment."

Lastly, Shott was glad that everyone was able to get some playing time at Decatur.

"Obviously, any reps you get in a game situation, it can't do anything but help you," Shott said. "As far as them stepping up and taking a spot on the team, I don't think we found anybody to do that. We did find some kids who could come in and spot play. Like at running back, I feel like we could roll several kids in there. I thought (Brett) Parsons looked pretty good and so did (Christian) Lemus at fullback. That gave us an opportunity to see what those kids could do."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ronnie Clark Field.

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