Bobcats’ upset bid falls short in 2nd half

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The Berryville offensive line tries to make room for quarterback Douryon D’obron on a quarterback sneak during last Friday’s game against Prairie Grove at Bobcat Stadium. Prairie Grove rallied in the second half to win 34-21.
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The Berryville Bobcats didn’t quite pull off a stunning upset last Friday night, but they did make quite an impression on their head coach.

Prairie Grove rallied in the second half to beat Berryville 34-21 at Bobcat Stadium. A longtime 4A-1 conference powerhouse and one of the state’s top-ranked 4A teams, Prairie Grove trailed Berryville 14-7 at halftime.

“I was proud of the kids,” Berryville coach Bryan Hutson said. “They’re a top 10-ranked team in the state, and we gave them all they wanted. To come out and play as hard as we did, I’m super proud of the way our kids played.”

Prairie Grove (7-2, 5-1 4A-1) had some uncharacteristic mistakes in the first half, and Berryville (1-8, 0-6) capitalized with a touchdown pass from Douryon D’obron to Ethan Williams and a TD run by senior running back Jaeden Tanksley, who went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

Prairie Grove answered in the second half, however, scoring 27 consecutive points before Berryville scored its final TD on a sneak by D’obron.

The Bobcats ran for more than 250 yards but turned the ball over to help Prairie Grove in the second half.

“We started turning the ball over, which gave them a short field a couple of times,” Hutson said.

While completing the upset would have been even sweeter, Hutson had no complaints about his team’s performance in the penultimate game of the season.

“I just really couldn’t be prouder of the way the kids played,” he said. “To get a team focused and to play that hard this late in the season, just because you need to be playing hard was really good.”

The Bobcats will finish their season Friday when they travel to Green Forest for the annual Carroll County Super Bowl.

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