Elkins pulls away from Berryville in 2nd half

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Berryville’s Kole Coatney (51) brings down an Elkins ballcarrier during last Friday’s game at Bobcat Stadium.
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With the Berryville Bobcats driving downfield late in the first half of last Friday’s game against Elkins, coach Bryan Hutson thought his team had a good chance to pull within striking distance of the Elks.

As it turned out, however, the opportunity slipped away and the Elks turned a relatively close game into a runaway in the second half for a 48-13 victory at Bobcat Stadium.

“We’ve got a chance right at the end of the half, we get down to the 5-yard line and have a chance to score,” Hutson said. “If we do that, it’s 20-14 at half. So we competed pretty well in the first half, I thought. They had some big plays, but we’re right there. And then the wheels sort of fell off in the second half. It just snowballed on us. And when it did, we couldn’t recover from it.”

Elkins stretched its lead to 27-7 by the end of the third quarter, then scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to clinch the victory.

Junior running back Tun Oo provided a bright spot for Berryville in the second half with a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

“He found a crease and took it to the house,” Hutson said. “It was good to see.”

Berryville (1-5, 0-3) also scored on a touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Chris Hipps to junior receiver Chet Hudgens in the first quarter.

Elkins (5-0, 3-0 4A-1) has averaged more than 42 points a game this fall. Hutson, who was the Elks’ head coach from 2018-2020, said he isn’t surprised by their success.

“That’s a team I coached for three years, so I knew what they had coming in,” Hutson said. “They’re a talented football team. We’ve got to regroup and get ready for the next game.”

Berryville will play at Gravette on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Lions (0-6) are coming off a 41-19 loss at Huntsville last week, but lost by just four points to Elkins earlier this season.

“They had first and goal inside the 5 three times against Elkins and didn’t score any points,” Hutson said. “And they were 1 for 5 on two-point conversions, so they left probably 30 points on the field. So that worries you. They played Prairie Grove pretty tough at Prairie Grove, then they go to Huntsville and Huntsville handed it to them. So who knows? They’re up and down, I guess.”

Berryville and Gravette last played in 2019, with the Lions winning 29-7 on their home field. Last season’s scheduled meeting was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Gravette.

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