Despite loss, junior Bobcats showing progress
Thursday's game at Clinton didn't go so well for the Berryville Bobcat junior high team, as the Bobcats suffered a 38-22 loss.
The game was tied 6-6 at halftime and coach Cody Curtis said he is proud of the effort his team showed.
"We competed really hard and our kids never gave up," Curtis said. "We battled back and went back and forth with them."
Mistakes gave the Yellowjackets the ball inside the Berryville 30 on two separate occasions in the second half. Clinton took advantage by scoring touchdowns each time.
"We shot ourselves in the foot in the second half," Curtis said. "We got ourselves pinned inside our end zone twice because of penalties. They got the ball at the 30 one time and the 25 another time. You give them that kind of field position, it's pretty much all she wrote. We just didn't execute in the second half."
Curtis said in years past the Bobcats would have folded when things started to go bad in the second half. He was proud of the way the Bobcats continued to fight throughout the entire game.
"We kind of got down ourselves a little bit," Curtis said. "You could see it all over the kids' faces. They gritted their teeth and fought back, which is something we always talk about. Their mentality really impressed me."
Curtis was impressed with the way J.D. Smith played, both offensively and defensively. Jarrett Stringer caught a touchdown pass for the Bobcats. Landon Chester had a 40-yard touchdown run.
The Berryville players and coaching staff are looking forward to playing Green Forest this Thursday.
"It doesn't get any bigger than that," Curtis said. "They have known since they were little how big of a rivalry this is. It would be a huge confidence booster starting conference with a big win over our rival school. We just aren't too fond of each other in athletics. Our kids look forward to that game every year and I know Green Forest is the same way. It should be a good game, both junior high and senior high."
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Green Forest.