Bobcats earn bragging rights in Carroll County Super Bowl
By Scott Loftis
Heading into Friday night’s Carroll County Super Bowl, Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop was concerned about Berryville’s size and strength.
As it turns out, those concerns were well-justified.
Berryville dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and rolled to a muddy 42-14 victory over Green Forest at Tiger Stadium.
“I’m super proud of our kids,” said Berryville coach Doug Shott, whose team won the county rivalry game for the second consecutive year. “They bought into everything we asked them to do. Hats off to those (Green Forest) kids, too. They played hard. I can’t take anything away from them.”
Berryville, which finished the season 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the 4A-1 conference, rolled up 387 yards rushing and averaged 7.2 yards a run. Junior Dominic Henry led the Bobcats with 157 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Berryville senior fullback Brett Parsons closed out his high school career by running for 66 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.
“He and I just look at each other and we both get teary-eyed,” Shott said of his feelings for Parsons. “That’s one of those things where I just don’t have the words to describe it. He’s a super kid.”
Bishop said his team struggled to move the ball and had no answers for Berryville’s running game.
“We couldn’t stop them,” he said. “They did a good job of getting us off the field. We couldn’t move the ball, and we couldn’t keep them from moving it. That’s a bad combination for us.”
Green Forest finished with 126 yards of total offense. The bulk of that total came from sophomore running back Barrett Phillips, who finished with 110 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. The Tigers (2-8, 0-7) had 26 offensive snaps, compared with 62 for Berryville.
The Bobcats took control from the outset, driving 51 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first possession after a long kickoff return from Henry. Sophomore Jaeden Tanksley scored on a 6-yard run with 8:22 left in the first quarter and senior Armando Mojica added the extra point to put Berryville ahead for good at 7-0.
On its second possession, Berryville converted a fourth down on a quarterback keeper by junior J.D. Smith for a first down at the Green Forest 7. After a penalty pushed the Bobcats back to the 17, Henry took a handoff on third down from the 9, juked a defender and scored with 11:18 left in the second quarter.
Smith converted another fourth down later in the quarter, firing a 14-yard pass to junior tight end Jarrett Stringer for a first down at the Green Forest 12. That set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Parsons, and extra point extended Berryville’s lead to 21-0 with 2:51 left in the half.
Berryville used a bit of trickery to add to its lead just before halftime. On a fourth-and-6 near midfield, Parsons took a direct snap from punt formation and flipped the ball to Henry, who raced to the Green Forest 5. Parsons scored from the 2 on fourth down for a 27-0 Berryville lead with 0.5 seconds left in the half.
Parsons added another touchdown run in the second half, and Phillips ran for a pair of Green Forest scores. But the biggest highlight of the second half was provided by Berryville senior Colton Record.
A 6-1, 275-pound tackle, Record got to live every lineman’s dream — carrying the football three times for 46 yards and a touchdown in the final game of his high school career.
Shott said the Bobcats had discussed putting record in the backfield if the game’s circumstances allowed it.
“We talked about it a little bit Saturday and Sunday,” Shott said. “I talked about it with the team. It wasn’t going to be a distraction from what we were trying to do. He was a runaway freight train. That kid was smiling from ear to ear. He’s another great kid.”
Shott said he was pleased the Bobcats seniors were able to close their careers on a winning note.
“We may have been out there taking pictures afterward for longer than the game was,” h he said.
Bishop praised Green Forest’s five seniors as well — especially two-way lineman Oscar Madrigal.
“He’s the one senior on our team who stayed in the program for six years,” Bishop said. “He’s been a team player all his life.”
Shott said the victory will provide added incentive for the Bobcats as they prepare for 2020.
“Any time you can finish the year off with a win, it does help leading into the offseason,” he said.