QB helps Blackhawks overpower Bobcats
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats got a bit of a break in Friday’s game against Pea Ridge as an illness limited Blackhawks senior running back Samuel Beard to just five carries.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, however, Beard apparently didn’t cough on Pea Ridge quarterback Tate Busey.
Busey accounted for seven touchdowns — throwing for four scores and running for three more — as the Blackhawks beat Berryville 55-27 at Bobcat Stadium.
“Their skill kids were as good as advertised,” Berryville coach Doug Shott said. “Their quarterback in particular was exceptional. He can fly. Their coach does a good job with them.”
Berryville (2-6, 0-5 4A-1) trailed just 8-7 after junior running back Dominic Henry broke loose for a 49-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter, but Busey threw three touchdown passes and the Blackhawks (5-3, 5-0) added a short touchdown run for a 34-7 lead with eight minutes left in the second quarter.
“I thought for a while we were going to slug it out with them,” Shott said.
Junior quarterback J.D. Smith fired a 46-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Kennon Helmlinger to pull the Bobcats within 34-14 before Busey answered with a 55-yard touchdown pass and then added an 11-yard TD run to push the Blackhawks’ lead to 48-14 at halftime.
Pea Ridge scored on all seven of its first-half possessions, registering 268 yards of total offense. Busey added an 18-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to make it 55-14.
Berryville, which finished with 296 yards of total offense, didn’t quit. The Bobcats scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, on runs by sophomore Jaeden Tanksley and senior Brett Parsons.
Henry led the Bobcats with 89 yards on nine carries. Tanksley had 83 yards on 12 carries and Parsons gained 48 yards on 10 attempts.
“We felt like we fought to the very end,” Shott said.
Berryville will host Prairie Grove on Friday. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.