Friday night the Mena Bearcats football team made a short drive for a big win defeating the Waldron Bulldogs 35-6 in conference play. The Bearcats chose to pound the Bulldogs defense by rushing the ball racking up 392 yards in rushing.
Mena opened the scoring in the first quarter on a Jake Wiles 34 yard touchdown run up the middle going nearly untouched all the way to the goal for 6 points. The PAT by Luis Pessoa split the uprights making it 7-0. In the second quarter on 2nd and goal Quarterback Zane Stephens looked right and seen his man was covered then opted for a run to the left side of his offensive line and made a dive into the end zone taking the score to 14-0 after the Pessoa PAT. Easy runs for touchdowns were the theme of the night for the Bearcats. Jake Wiles made a leisurely 13 yard TD run around the Bulldogs D taking the score to 28-0 after the PAT.
On defense the Bearcats easily shut down the Bulldogs, holding Waldron to only 229 yards of total offense. Waldron QB Braden Williams felt the wrath of the Mena defense as six different Mena players registered a sack. Williams woes weren’t kept to just his scrambling from Mena’s rush, Chris Bollmeyer and Devon Adams had an interception each while Jayden Castillo caused a Bulldogs fumble.
Mena put up 427 all-purpose yards in the win with junior running back, Jake Wiles, having a career night. Wiles ran the ball 15 times for an average of 15.9 yards per carry and contributed a huge 238 yards in rushing alone, scoring three touchdowns.
The Bearcats improve to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in conference.
This Friday Mena welcomes Subiaco Academy to Bob Carver Mena Bearcats Stadium. The Trojans are 2-6 and come to Mena having suffered a 63-0 loss to Dardanelle. Kickoff is 7pm and you can catch the game on Classic Hits 105.3 with Phillip Wilson and Todd Aynes bringing you all the action.