West-side teams kick off sea­son with mixed re­sults

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - Staff Re­ports

WEST­SIDE — The 2017 foot­ball sea­son kicked off on Fri­day, with Gen­try pick­ing up a big win, Gravette fall­ing in a close con­test and De­catur los­ing by 61 points.

On Fri­day, Gen­try and De­catur will face off at Pioneer Sta­dium in Gen­try. Gravette hosts Booneville in the Lions’ home opener. Game times are at 7 p.m.

Gen­try 50, Lavaca 0

Jon Faulken­berry scored three touch­downs, and the Pioneer de­fense smoth­ered Lavaca in a sea­son-open­ing win Fri­day night at Gen­try.

Faulken­berry rushed for 121 yards on just eight car­ries, and the Pi­o­neers (1-0) also got a pair of touch­downs from Myles McFer­ron in the win.

The Gen­try de­fense held Lavaca (0-1) to un­der 100 yards of to­tal of­fense.

Ozark 33, Gravette 30

The Hill­bil­lies held off Gravette by re­cov­er­ing an on­side kick in the clos­ing sec­onds.

Ozark (1-0) led 13-0 be­fore Gravette stormed back to score 22 straight points.

Bai­ley Soule’ found the end zone for the Lions (0-1), and quar­ter­back Ta­jae White hit Bran­don Bal­lard for a score in the surge.

But Ozark put three touch­downs on the board to re­take the lead 33-22. With just un­der a minute left, the Lions got a touch­down from Soule’, and White added the 2-point con­ver­sion to pull Gravette within three at 33-30, but the Lions could not recover the on­side kick at the end.

Gravette will host Booneville next week, while Ozark trav­els to Clarksville.

Ber­ryville 61, De­catur 0

It was clear from the start that the young Bull­dogs were out­matched by the more ex­pe­ri­enced Bob­cats.

On Ber­ryville’s open­ing pos­ses­sion, Luke Britt ran for a 40-yard touch­down at the 10:40 mark in the first quar­ter. From there it was all Bob­cats. They con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the first half, scor­ing touch­downs by Is­sac Brown, Byran McIn­tosh, Kooper Lo­gan, Tris­tan Upde­graff, Ethan Carey and Charles Archer.

A missed field goal made it a 48-0 game go­ing into the half­time break.

Photo by Randy Moll

Jon Faulken­berry, Gen­try se­nior and quar­ter­back of the Pi­o­neers, runs the ball on Sept. 1 in a home game against Lavaca.

Photo by Randy Moll

Jon Faulken­berry, Gen­try se­nior and quar­ter­back, runs the ball on Sept. 1 against Lavaca.

Photo by Randy Moll

With the block­ing of Ker­lose Ruzek, Myles McFer­ron, Gen­try se­nior, car­ries the ball to the goal line against Lavaca on Sept. 1.

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