Bobcats rush for 370 yards in week 1 victory
Kooper Logan rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns and the Berryville Bobcats finished with 370 yards rushing as they won 28-14 at West Fork on Friday to open the 2018 football season.
Berryville won its opening game for the sixth consecutive season.
"It's always good starting off with a win," Berryville coach Doug Shott said. "It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. We did some good things. We know there are some things we have to get better at."
Berryville controlled the game throughout. The Tigers fumbled on the opening possession of the game and Berryville took advantage as Cale Heithold scored on a quarterback sneak. Armando Mojica's extra point gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Berryville forced a West Fork punt to set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Tristan Updegraff, giving Berryville a 14-0 lead as the first quarter came to a close.
Shott hopes to keep this momentum moving forward throughout the year.
"We have to keep doing the things that help you win," Shott said. "You have to block and tackle. You can't blow assignments. We will go back to practice and get better at doing what we do."
The Bobcats forced another punt, but a fumble gave West Fork the ball at midfield. The Tigers trimmed the lead to 14-7 going into halftime, as they scored on a 25-yard pass play.
Berryville's Kooper Logan ran for a touchdown to cap Berryville’s first possession of the second half, giving the Bobcats a 20-7 lead after a missed extra point. After Berryville forced a punt, Logan scored again on a 35-yard run. He also converted the two-point conversion, giving the Bobcats a 28-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Logan finished the game with 22 carries.
"Kooper rose to the occasion," Shott said. "He is a senior. It means a whole lot to him. He was really down on himself to start the second half after that fumble. We talked about starting big in the second half and we did that. He ran hard."
The Tigers made it 28-14 on a Berryville fumble in the fourth quarter. Shott was proud of his team for keeping its composure throughout the game.
"I felt like our kids kept their poise throughout," Shott said. "When it was 14-7, it should have easily been 21-7 or even 28-7 at halftime. We had some things happen to us like turnovers, but the kids kept fighting and played hard. One thing we for sure have to do is clean up the turnover bug. We had three fumbles and an interception. We work on that daily, but there will be a little more emphasis on that this week."
To go along with Logan's 193 yards rushing, Updegraff had 71 and Heithold had 42. Defensively, Shott was impressed with how the linebackers played. Luke Britt forced a fumble and had several pass breakups. On Friday, Berryville hosts Huntsville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.