Junior Wildcats lose tough battle to Brookland

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Garner Henderson of Trumann tackles the Brooland runner during junior high football action last Thursday at RMC Stadium. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Trumann (2-3, 1-2) moved the ball to the Brookland 17-yard line with 20 seconds left but a sack and fumble recovery by the Junior Bearcats gave the visitors a 16-14 win in junior high football action last Thursday at RMC Stadium in Trumann.

Rian King recovered Brookland's onside-kick to start the game as the Junior Wildcats went on 50 yard drive using their bruising ground game. Gaven Guy got Trumann on the board with a touchdown run with 1:41 left to make the score 6-0 Junior Wildcats. The two-point conversion attempt was no good for the Junior Wildcats. The Junior Bearcats started their first possession on their own 25-yard line with 1:38 left in the opening quarter. Brookland moved the ball to their 37-yard line before a personal foul on the Junior Wildcats moves the ball to the Trumann 48-yard line. Brookland gained three yards on the next play as time ran out in the quarter with the Junior Wildcats leading 6-0.

Brookland faced second and seven as the second quarter started as the Junior Bearcats got a 45 yard touchdown run on the first play to make it 6-6 with 7:48 left. The two-point conversion run was good to give the Junior Bearcats an 8-6 lead. Azani Smith fielded the ensuing onside-kick at the Trumann 48-yard line for Trumann's next possession. The Junior Wildcats moved the ball into Brookland territory only to see Guy get dropped for a two yard loss on fourth down to turn the ball over on downs to Brookland with 4:58 left. Trumann got the ball back a couple plays later as King intercepted a Brookland pass to give the Junior Wildcats the ball at the Junior Bearcats 41-yard line with 3:05 left in the half. Trumann moved the ball inside the red zone before the offense stalled with the Junior Wildcats on the Brookland 11-yard line facing fourth and nine. Garner Henderson found Smith with an eleven yard touchdown pass to give Trumann a 12-8 lead. Guy ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-8 Junior Wildcats with 14 seconds left. Smith recovered Trumann's onside-kick to give the Junior Wildcats the ball on the Brookland 44-yard line with nine seconds left. Henderson was sacked on the first play fumbling the ball with Brookland recovering. The Junior Bearcats tried a screen pass on the last play of the half losing 10 yards on the play. Trumann took a 14-8 lead to the locker rooms.

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