BY RICK WRIGHT
The Mena Bearcats hosted the Jacksonville Titans and the Dierks Outlaws for a three team Arkansas Athletic Association Benefit scrimmage Monday, August 22nd at Bearcat Stadium.
The only score in the scrimmage with Jacksonville came on Mena’s first possession when Bearcat quarterback Carson Cannon completed a short pass to running back Justin Dean who rumbled 19 yards, running over Titans at the goal line, to get into the end zone. Abraham Anton Cameselle added the extra point.
The Bearcat defense did not allow Jacksonville anything on their first offensive possession, leading to a punt to the Titan’s 48 yard line.
Cannon gained four yards on the first play of Mena’s second possession before Ryan Ozanich picked up 14 yards to the Titan 30 yard line. However, a holding penalty on the following play backed the Bearcats up 10 yards, then a sack put Mena in a second and 22 yards to go situation. Cannon gained nine yards on second down to bring up third and 13. Cannon completed a pass to Josh Graves who was tackled for no gain. Cannon was sacked on fourth and 13 yards to go to turn the ball over to the Titans.
Jacksonville picked up one first down on their next offensive series. However, Ozanich ended the Titans offensive possession by sacking the Jacksonville quarterback, senior Rowdy Weathers, forcing a Titan fourth and 23 yards to go punt.
With 52 seconds to play on Jacksonville’s next offensive possession, with the Titans facing a third and 10 yards to go, Ozanich came on a blitz, got a hand up and batted down a Weather’s pass to force another Jacksonville punt.
The Bearcats more than stood up to a Class 6A opponent. For much of the scrimmage Mena did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage and did not allow Jacksonville to get much of anything going on offense.
The Dierks Outlaws took the field and scrimmaged the Mena second team/junior varsity to conclude the evening.