Seventh-Grade Tigers Win

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

PRAIRIE GROVE — A late drive by Farm­ing­ton halted as Prairie Grove dug in on de­fense to win the seventh grade ‘Bat­tle of 62’ by a 20-16 score Thurs­day.

Prairie Grove coach Ma­son Pink­ley said the game was rough around the edges, but the Tigers played good enough to win.

“We had min­i­mal prac­tice time with the seventh grade, we had four plays, what could we do?” Pink­ley said. “We had some pretty good in­di­vid­ual ef­forts. We did pretty good run­ning the ball. Of­fen­sively, we’ve got to stay with our blocks but that’s prob­a­bly the case with ev­ery­body.”

The Tigers led 20-8 at half­time on a 20-yard run by Mar­shal Prince that started in­side be­fore he broke out­side and Gavin But­ler’s 20-yard sweep.

After Farm­ing­ton scored on Charles Poole’s 41-yard to pay­dirt and tacked on a 2-point con­ver­sion, Ethan Miller added a 70-yard touch­down run for Prairie Grove. A long run by Poole to the Tiger 31 fu­eled a Car­di­nal scor­ing drive in the third quar­ter. Farm­ing­ton over­came a penalty that put them in sec­ond-and-goal from the 18 with Poole run­ning over a tack­ler be­fore he was brought down at the three.

On fourth-and-goal from the three, Sut­ter Thomp­son scored on a dou­ble re­verse, then added a 2-point catch to pull the Car­di­nals within, 20-16, with 8:58 to play.

“We put that (re­verse) in prac­tice kind of for fun,” said Farm­ing­ton coach Spencer Adams. “They had been over-pur­su­ing a lot so we ran it and it worked even though they had 12 guys on the field.”

Prairie Grove rein­serted their start­ing of­fense but a drive bogged down and they turned the ball over on downs at Farm­ing­ton’s 20 with two min­utes re­main­ing in the game.

Farm­ing­ton tried to mount a drive, but the Tigers de­fense would have noth­ing of the sort. Even though he went the wrong way on a stunt, a supreme ef­fort en­abled Prince to cut down Farm­ing­ton’s Mad­dox Ma­han on fourth-and-three to seal the Tiger win. Pink­ley ap­plauded Prince’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to make a play.

“We had a stunt that hit the run gap. Our line­backer turned the wrong way and ran. They fly to the ball re­ally well, that was a good stop.”

He just went in the in­cor­rect gap,” Pink­ley said. “It took an in­di­vid­ual ef­fort to go make the tackle to bail us out.

“We had min­i­mal prac­tice time with the seventh grade, we had four plays, what could we do? We had some pretty good in­di­vid­ual ef­forts. We did pretty good run­ning the ball. Of­fen­sively, we’ve got to stay with our blocks but that’s prob­a­bly the case with ev­ery­body.” Ma­son Pink­ley Prairie Grove coach

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