Black­hawks over­whelm Lions

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECKELS meck­els@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — Gravette Lion fans filled Lion Sta­dium Oct. 5 in hopes of see­ing their team win its first foot­ball con­test of 2018. Af­ter the 48 min­utes of hard-hit­ting foot­ball ac­tion, the fans’ hopes were dashed when the Black­hawks from Pea Ridge handed the Lions an­other loss, by 42 points.

Doug Green­wood, Gravette head foot­ball coach, made a few lineup changes be­fore the game, mov­ing se­nior quar­ter­back Ta­jae White to the run­ning back po­si­tion and sopho­more Cy Hil­ger to quar­ter­back for the Oct. 5 con­test.

About five min­utes into the first quar­ter, Pea Ridge’s Bray­den Ralph found the end zone for the first touch­down of the night. The two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt from Black­hawk quar­ter­back Tate Busey to Car­son Rhine was suc­cess­ful, giv­ing Pea Ridge the early lead by eight.

To­ward the end of the quar­ter, Busey, on a quar­ter­back keeper, made the sec­ond touch­down of the night on a run from the Gravette 20 yard line. Luis Reyes’ point af­ter made it a 15-0 Black­hawk con­test go­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter.

Gravette was un­able to move the ball through­out the half. The only touch­downs came on a 50 yard run by Ralph and an ad­di­tional touch­down and a pair of point-af­ters by Reyes, end­ing the first half with the Black­hawks hold­ing a 29-0 lead over the Lions.

A 60 yard run by Hil­ger on a quar­ter­back keeper in the third quar­ter moved the Lions to within an inch of the goal line. As hap­pened dur­ing the Prairie Grove con­test a week ear­lier, the Black­hawks strong de­fense pushed the ball back and, af­ter a failed at­tempt to move the ball over the goal line, on fourth down re­turned pos­ses­sion to Pea Ridge.

The Lions tried to get into the con­test sev­eral times dur­ing the sec­ond half, but the Black­hawk de­fen­sive line proved too strong and Gravette was never able to pen­e­trate to the goal line.

Touch­downs by Busey and Sa­muel Beard in the sec­ond half, cou­pled with a Reyes point af­ter, gave the Black­hawks a 42-0 vic­tory at the fi­nal horn.

The Gravette Lions travel to Ber­ryville Oct. 12 to face the Bob­cats in the Ber­ryville High School sta­dium. Game time is 7 p.m.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

A pride of Lions sur­round Black­hawk quar­ter­back Tate Busey near the 20-yard line of Gravette shortly af­ter the start of the Oct. 5 Gravette-Pea Ridge foot­ball con­test at Lions Sta­dium in Gravette.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

Gravette quar­ter­back Cy Hil­ger (10) runs out of bounds af­ter a 20 yard run for a Lions first down dur­ing the sec­ond half of the Gravette-Pea Ridge foot­ball game in Gravette Oct. 5.

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