Bobcats show fight in loss to Prairie Grove

Friday, November 8, 2019
Junior running back Dominic Henry (5) had Berryville’s longest offensive play of the season, breaking free for an 84-yard touchdown run in Friday’s loss to Prairie Grove.
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By Scott Loftis

The Berryville Bobcats have won just two football games this fall, none in six conference games.

But that doesn’t mean the Bobcats haven’t been competitive, and Friday’s 46-21 loss to Prairie Grove is an example. Although the final margin was 25 points, Berrryville trailed just 21-14 at halftime and 27-14 to open the fourth quarter.

“We went into halftime feeling good about ourselves,” Berryville coach Doug Shott said. “We just made some mental mistakes in the second half and we weren’t able to overcome it.”

Even after Prairie Grove (3-6, 3-3 4A-1) scored two touchdowns in a little over three minutes early in the third quarter, Berryville’s effort didn’t wane. The Bobcats answered with their longest play of the year — an 84-yard touchdown run by junior running back Dominic Henry.

“Our kids are going to play,” Shott said. “We talk about it all the time: Pride still matters in this world. Our kids played four quarters. I’m proud of them for that.”

Henry finished with 150 yards on nine carries to lead a Berryville running attack that totaled 266 yards. Sophomore Jaeden Tanksley added 62 yards on eight carries while senior fullback Brett Parsons and junior quarterback J.D. Smith each had short touchdown runs in the first half.

Berryville (2-7, 0-6) will travel to Green Forest on Friday for the Carroll County Super Bowl.

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