Bobcats get reprieve, stay home to host winless Gravette
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats got a bad break well before kickoff of Friday night’s game against Gravette — but then they got a reprieve.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Berryville’s Bobcat Stadium, but after an irrigation line burst at the nearby softball field earlier in the week, power to the stadium had to be shut down and the school district announced that the game would be moved to Gravette.
On Wednesday, however, the district announced that the game instead would be played as scheduled at Bobcat Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The venue notwithstanding, Berryville coach Doug Shott said it’s important for the Bobcats to get a good start.
“I think we need some good things to happen to us to get our mojo back,” said Shott, whose team is coming off a 41-7 loss at Lincoln and has lost its last three games by a combined 104-20. “We need to get something going early and try to get our swagger back.”
Gravette (0-6, 0-3) has yet to record a victory under first-year coach Doug Greenwood, but Shott isn’t taking the Lions lightly.
“They have a new coach and a new system,” Shott said. “They haven’t found their click yet. We’re leery of them.”
Gravette has scored just 19 points this season, but Shott said the Lions aren’t without some talent. Specifically, the Bobcats are concerned about Gravette senior Tajae White.
“They return the quarterback who was all-everything last year,” Shott said. “He’s a really, really good athlete. He’s faster than any kid we have.”
Gravette will try to create mismatches and take advantage of White’s speed.
“The last few games, they’ve been spreading him out and trying to get him the ball in space,” Shott said. “We’ve got to be aware of where No. 12 is.”
Berryville, which has not won a conference game in 10 tries under Shott and has lost 15 consecutive conference games in all, will counter with a balanced offensive attack led by the running of Kooper Logan, Tristan Updegraff and Brett Parsons. All three have topped the 100-yard mark at some point this season.