Jr. Warriors hold off Bobcats to even record at 2-2
Tribune Sports Staff
East Poinsett County's Junior Warriors got big performances from Carson Tyler, Lando Bass, and Bucky Chamberlain Thursday night in a 23-12 come from behind victory over the Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats at Lepanto.
"We played pretty well overall," Coach Brian Weathers said after the game. "We ran extremely well. We only had one real mistake, a fumble, but we got the ball back and overcame it."
Tyler completed 5 of 8 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Bass carried the ball 15 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns while Chamberlain grabbed four passes for 106 yards and a score to lead the Warrior onslaught.
Walnut Ridge struck first when quarterback Jared Blackwell hit Logan Gaither for a 20 yard touchdown strike with 2:11 left in the first quarter to give the Bobcats a 6-0 lead.
The Warriors came to life in the second quarter when Bass scored his first touchdown on a four yard carry with 6:12 remaining. EPC converted the two point play to make the score 8-6.
Bass struck again from one yard out with 1:20 left in the first half and also ran in the two point conversion to give the Warriors a 16-6 lead at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Tyler thwarted a Bobcat drive when he intercepted a pass at the EPC goal line and returned it 42 yards. Tyler then found Chamberlain streaking down the right sideline for a 50-yard strike, giving the Warriors a 22-6 lead with 5:02 left in the game. Bass added the point after to make the score 23-6.
"I was real pleased with our defense," Weathers continued. "They threw an offense at us we weren't expecting, but we made some adjustments and we did well. We bent, but we didn't break."
The Bobcats scored late when William Wilcoxson scored on a five yard run with 1:41 left in the game. The two point conversion failed and EPC held on for the 23-12 victory.
With the victory, EPC improves to 2-2 on the season while the Bobcats fall to 0-4 on the year.
"Lando, Hayden Weathers and Dustin Beatty played very well," Weathers concluded. "We'll need them playing well this Thursday. We'll have a big challenge then."
The Junior Warriors will return to action Thursday night when they travel to Piggott to face the Junior Mohawks in a 7:00 game.