Bobcats lose heartbreaker at Greenland

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Berryville senior Jaeden Tanksley runs the ball hard in a game against West Fork earlier this season.
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Berryville football coach Bryan Hutson isn’t one to mince words, so it was no surprise that he offered a quick summation of the Bobcats’ 22-21 loss last Friday night at Greenland.

“It’s hard to overcome two touchdowns being called back in the fourth quarter,” Hutson said Monday.

One Berryville score was wiped out by an illegal motion penalty and another by a holding call. That left the door open for Greenland, and the Pirates took advantage with a 55-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion with four minutes remaining to pull out the one-point victory.

Hutson said Berryville’s players were upset by the loss.

“They weren’t too happy after the game, which is good” he said. “I didn’t want them to be happy after the game. I want it to hurt to lose. They were disappointed. They were hurt, which was good.”

Berryville (1-2) took an early lead on a 29-yard touchdown run by junior Tun Oo with 2:30 left in the first quarter. Freddy Roque’s extra point put the Bobcats ahead 7-0.

Greenland answered with a touchdown on its next possession but missed the point-after try. The Pirates added another touchdown, then a pass for a two-point conversion was ruled complete after a discussion and Greenland led 14-7.

Berryville answered late in the first half as sophomore quarterback Chris Hipps found classmate Douryon D’Obron open for a 51-yard gain to the Greenland 1. The Pirates were flagged for a horse-collar tackle on the play, which put Berryville even closer. Hipps scored on the next play, then threw a for a two-point conversion and a 15-14 halftime lead for Berryville.

Another Berryville touchdown extended the Bobcats’ lead to 21-14 in the second half before Greenland responded with a TD and the game-winning conversion.

Hutson complimented Berryville’s fans for their support.

“The fans were fantastic,” he said. “Not one negative thing. We had a great crowd there and they were they were very supportive of the players. I think everybody kind of saw what happened. … I told the kids that game has nothing to do with us making the playoffs.”

Instead, the road to the playoff goes through a rugged 4A-1 conference schedule, starting with defending Class 4A state champion Shiloh Christian. The Saints will come to Berryville on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Shiloh Christian went 14-1 a year ago, including 7-0 in conference play with a 63-7 victory over Berryville. The Saints’ only loss came to Page High School of Sand Springs, Okla., which beat Shiloh Christian again last week.

Hutson said the Saints (2-1) are talented as usual.

“I think they’re better than they were last year, just on film,” he said.

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