Gentry QB runs, passes Pioneers past Bobcats

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Berryville senior fullback Brett Parsons, pictured in a game against Yellville-Summit earlier this season, ran for one of the Bobcats’ two touchdowns in a 50-14 loss on Oct. 4 at Gentry.
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By Scott Loftis

Heading into his team's Oct. 4 game at Gentry, Berryville coach Doug Shott was concerned about trying to slow down Pioneers quarterback Brandon Atwood.

As it turns out, those concerns were well-founded.

Atwood passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead the Pioneers to a 50-14 victory over the Bobcats.

“What I was afraid of is what happened,” Shott said. “We struggled to contain Atwood, and it hurt us.”

Berryville (2-3, 0-2 4A-1) moved the ball well offensively, as the Bobcats ran for 280 yards and averaged nearly six yards a play on the ground.

Junior Dominic Henry ran for 87 yards on 10 carries, while senior Brett Parsons and sophomore Jaeden Tanksley each had rushing touchdowns for Berryville.

Parsons finished with 78 yards on 13 carries while Tanksley had eight carries for 42 yards.

Junior quarterback J.D. Smith completed five of 10 passes for 49 yards and carried the ball 14 times for 48 yards.

“We felt good about our plan,” Shott said. “Hats off to Gentry. They had a good game plan and they were better at it than we were at ours.”

Primarily, the Pioneers’ game plan centered around Atwood making plays with his arm and his legs. Although he ran just five times, he gained 84 yards — including a 52-yard touchdown run — as Gentry (3-2, 1-1) picked up its first conference victory.

“It’s tough to catch 4.5,” Shott said, referring to Atwood’s 40-yard-dash time.

Shott said he was pleased with the Bobcats’ effort, even if their execution wasn’t always good.

“The kids played hard,” he said. “They didn’t play smart all the time. Sometimes we hurt ourselves.”

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