Mistakes cost Junior Bobcats

Friday, September 29, 2017

Had the Berryville Bobcats not spotted the Shiloh Christian Saints 14 points just minutes into a 39-14 loss on Thursday night in Springdale, things could have turned out differently.

"It was about the worst way you could start a game," Berryville coach Cody Curtis said. "We felt like we could stop them. They had one really athletic kid. And we did stop them when we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot or give up a trick play. We held them on their first drive to a long third down and they ran a jet sweep pass. We came up on the jet sweep and they threw it over our heads for a touchdown. The very next drive we threw an interception. Threw it to their best player, he went up and got it and took it to the house for a 50-yard return so we were down 14-0 within a minute or two of the game."

Curtis was proud of the way the Bobcats responded, as they took their next drive down the field and scored a touchdown to make it 14-6. Berryville intercepted a Shiloh Christian pass on the following possession, but the Bobcats fumbled the ball, giving the ball back to Shiloh Christian. The Saints later scored on that drive. Shiloh Christian scored on another interception that was returned for a touchdown.

"I thought our kids played hard," Curtis said. "They never gave up. They fought back in the second half and scored again, but Shiloh Christian is a good team. You can't do those things against a good team."

Landon Chester had 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Chester also scored on a two-point conversion. J.D. Smith scored a rushing touchdown and Jarrett Stringer played well on defense. Eighth-grader Zach Boaz led the team in tackles and had a tackle for loss.

On Thursday, the Bobcats host Gentry. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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