Bobcats excited for Senior Night

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Friday night’s home game with Prairie Grove will not only be the last game for 10 Berryville seniors, it will also be the last game played on Ronnie Clark Field. Coach Doug Shott hopes the game with Prairie Grove will be one to remember.

"Regardless of what happens, we just want to go out Friday night and give great effort," Shott said. "And I think the kids are up for it."

After throwing for 91 yards and running for 42 more against Pea Ridge, sophomore Cale Heithold has been named the starting quarterback for the Bobcats on Friday night.

"He started for us last week and I felt like he did a great job," Shott said. "He has looked good this week and feels better about getting more practice with the offense than he had going into last Friday. He will make mistakes, but he will make those mistakes doing the best he can."

Shott knows it won't be easy, as the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 4A-1) come into the game with an offense that has scored more than 25 points in all eight games this season.

"They live and die by the buck-sweep," Shott said. "They are very good at it. Of course we run the cross-buck as well, so we know something about it. It's one thing to know it's coming, it's another to stop it. They are a tough, hard-nosed football team. Anthony Johnson, he plays the back for them. He is a hard runner and is probably one of the top two defensive players, too."

Shott said that because the Berryville offense runs an offense similar to Prairie Grove's, the Bobcat defense should be prepared.

"They run the buck-sweep similar to the way we run it, but not exactly," Shott said. "They put some zone blocking in there. They pull the guards like we pull our guards. It's good if we can stop it, but not if we can't stop it."

Prairie Grove has played a lot of spread teams recently and lined up in a 3-5 formation defensively, but traditionally plays a 4-2 formation.

"Most of the film we have on them is an odd front look, but we know they are a 4-2-5, so we just have to prepare for both of them," Shott said. "They are liable to be in one and jump to the other."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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