Turnovers cost BV in final game
Berryville's football season came to an end Friday night with a 26-7 loss at Huntsville. Mistakes cost the Bobcats in the loss once again, as Berryville threw two interceptions and turned the ball over on downs in the first half. Huntsville took advantage and led 13-0 at halftime. Sean McCone threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Zack Elsey and a 21-yard touchdown pass to Blake Whittington.
"Turnovers took us out of the game early on," Berryville coach Doug Shott said. "That's what happens when you throw the ball sometimes. Three things happen when you throw the ball and two of them are bad. I can't fault our kids' effort, though."
After a scoreless third quarter, McCone completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Whittington early in the fourth. Charlie Archer returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, making it 19-7 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Eagles were forced to punt and Berryville's Brett Parsons broke through for a 50-yard run, but Huntsville forced a fumble and the Eagles recovered it midway through the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
"That pretty much told the story of what happened to us," Shott said. "I thought our kids played hard. They fought hard. You can't take anything away from Huntsville. They had a good plan and their kids played well. We just didn't get it done."
The Bobcats had 11 first downs to Huntsville's 7. Shott said that despite the loss, the Bobcats left the field with their heads held high.
"They didn't feel good about losing, but they felt good about giving it their best effort at that moment," Shott said. "They felt good about that. It was emotional for the seniors, but they can come away from Huntsville knowing they gave their best effort."
Shott said he believes the seniors laid a foundation for positive things to come at Berryville.
"I'm so appreciative that they bought in to what we were doing and to the best of their ability, they tried to buy into this program," Shott said. "To me, that is key."
Berryville finished the year 1-9.