Gentry spoils Bobcats' homecoming

Friday, October 5, 2018
Berryville’s Tristan Updegraff attempts to break free of a Gentry defender in Friday night’s game.
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By Ty Loftis

The Gentry Pioneers scored an 80-yard touchdown on a hook-and-ladder play on the first play of the game to take a 6-0 lead. That was a sign of the way Friday night’s Homecoming game would go for the Berryville Bobcats, as Gentry went on to win, 27-13.

With nine minutes left in the game and the score tied at 13-13, Gentry faced a third-and-11 when quarterback Brandon Atwood found Ayden Smart for a 43-yard completion, which moved the ball to the Berryville 37. The Bobcats committed a face mask penalty, which moved the ball to the 10. Devon Ellis scored from 13 yards out to take a 19-13 lead. The extra point failed with 7:21 left in the game.

Berryville's Cale Heithold was intercepted on the ensuing Bobcat possession and Gentry took over at its own 35. On a third-and-3, Atwood scrambled for 40 yards. Atwood went on to throw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Wright with 1:42 remaining. Ellis converted the two-point conversion to take the 27-13 lead.

After giving up the touchdown on the first play of the game, the Bobcats were forced to punt on consecutive possessions. That is when Gentry went on a 91-yard, 13-play drive to take a 13-0 lead with 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Pioneers converted on three third down conversions, including a rushing touchdown from Ellis on third and goal from the 7.

Berryville turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, but the Bobcats held Gentry scoreless and forced a punt. Berryville took over at its own 28 with just under five minutes remaining before halftime. The Bobcats drove 72 yards and Brett Parsons scored from a yard out on third and goal with 24 seconds remaining. The Bobcats received the ball at their own 25 to start the second half. Heithold had a 15-yard run and Kooper Logan added a 14-yard scamper. Parsons went on to score from two yards out. Armando Mojica's extra point tied the game at 13-13. It stayed that way until Ellis' touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Berryville's Tristan Updegraff had 59 yards rushing, while Logan had 53 and Parsons had 35.

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