Bobcats dominate West Fork in shutout
By Scott Loftis
Every football team wants to start the season on a positive note. It’s fair to say the Berryville Bobcats accomplished that objective.
The Bobcats steamrolled West Fork 41-0 in their 2019 season opener Friday night at Bobcat Stadium, racing out to a 35-0 halftime lead and dominating every phase of the game.
“The kids did a super job of executing,” Berryville coach Doug Shott said. “We came out and we played a whole lot sounder football than we did in our scrimmage the week before (against Elkins).”
Junior quarterback J.D. Smith ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and senior fullback Brett Parsons also had a pair of touchdown runs — all in the first half — as Berryville reached the end zone on its first five possessions.
West Fork finally stopped the Bobcats on their first possession of the second half as Berryville failed to convert on fourth down inside the Tigers’ 10-yard line. Even that exchange came out in the Bobcats’ favor, however, as Berryville senior Jarrett Stringer forced a fumble two plays later and sophomore Tristen Lodwick recovered in the end zone for a touchdown that pushed the Bobcats’ lead to 41-0.
Berryville set the tone on its first possession, driving 51 yards in seven plays capped by Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run. Senior Tristan Updegraff had an 11-yard run to the West Fork 20 on second-and-13 and Parsons followed with a 16-yard run on the next play to give Berryville a first-and-goal from the West Fork 4. The first of five extra-point kicks by senior Armando Mojica gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead with 5:59 remaining in the first quarter.
West Fork’s ensuing possession ended when Berryville junior Dominic Henry intercepted a pass at the Tigers’ 37, setting up the Bobcats’ second scoring drive.
It took Berryville just five plays to cash in. From the 33, sophomore Jaeden Tanksley ran for nine yards to the 24. Smith then broke free for a 20-yard gain to the 4, and Parsons scored on the next play.