Mistakes cost Bobcats in shutout loss at Gentry

Friday, October 6, 2017
Berryville's Charlie Archer brings down a Shiloh Christian runner in a game earlier this year.
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The Berryville Bobcats came closer to playing a mistake-free game of football Friday night at Gentry. The couple of mistakes that Berryville did make ultimately cost the Bobcats in a 21-0 loss.

Midway through the second quarter, Gentry quarterback Jon Faulkenberry scrambled for a touchdown on a broken play. Berryville fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Faulkenberry scored his second touchdown of the evening to give Gentry a 14-0 lead at halftime. The Pioneers scored on their opening possession of the second half to take a 21-0 lead.

"I feel like the kids played real hard," Berryville coach Doug Shott said. "We didn't play real smart at times, but we are in the process of learning what real smart is."

Berryville's first two plays of the game offensively were a holding penalty and an illegal motion penalty. Despite that, the Bobcats had their most successful possession of the game, but they were unable to score any points.

"We drove it on down and got it inside the 10-yard line," Shott said. "On fourth and six we opted to go for it instead of kicking a field goal. In hindsight, we might should have kicked a field goal, but it was one of those things where we had momentum on our side, so we felt like we wanted to do that."

Berryville quarterback Luke Britt completed 7 of 19 passes for 85 yards. The 19 pass attempts is by far the most Britt has thrown the ball all year long.

"I think it's the most I have thrown the ball in my 21 years of being an offensive coordinator," Shott said. "It's just what happened with the game. They were crowding the line and giving us opportunities. Several of those that were incomplete or the interceptions should have been completed. It was stuff they gave us that we weren't able to take advantage of. He did a good job. He threw some good balls under pressure. He would like to have a couple of them back, but when you throw the ball, that's typically the way it always is, but he managed the game well for us."

Despite the loss and some of the mistakes that Berryville made, Shott is proud of the effort the Bobcats gave.

"We started out with some mistakes and blown assignments," Shott said. "We had some kids not following their rules, but we overcame that and played hard."

Berryville (1-4, 0-2 4A-1) plays host to Lincoln (1-4, 0-2) on Friday for homecoming. The Wolves have only one victory, but Shott knows they are a good football team.

"They have a big quarterback," Shott said. "He doesn't run like Faulkenberry, but I think this kid made all-conference at running back the last two years and he has gotten better at throwing. He has several good receivers to throw to. They give us reason for concern, but it's a ballgame we expect to compete in."

Issac Brown led the team in rushing with 31 yards and Charlie Archer had 29. Byran McIntosh had four receptions for 56 yards and Devon Smith had two catches for 18 yards.

Kickoff against Lincoln is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

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