The Mena Bearcats improved to 2-0 on the season with a nail biter of a game against the Prescott Curley Wolves Friday night at Bob Carver Bearcat Stadium. Mena charged ahead with 12 unanswered points in the first quarter on two touchdowns. The first Mena TD was a 7 yard pass from Max Montgomery to Cauy House. After the first TD the point after attempt was no good, but that didn’t stop Mena from scoring a second TD with just over two minutes left in the quarter on a 3 yard TD pass from Montgomery to Zane Stephens. A pass play for the 2-point conversion failed. The first quarter ended with Mena ahead 12-0.
In the second quarter Mena kicker Luis Pessoa added 3 to the tally with a 27 yard field goal as Mena kept the defense strong until a Prescott touchdown with 26 seconds left in the half when the Curley Wolves scored on a 39 yard pass. The score after a hard fought half of football was Mena 15, Prescott 7. Into the 3rd quarter Prescott wasted no time in scoring within 4 minutes on a 4 yard TD run by Jacobi Nolen, but failed to convert the 2 points they wanted on a run that went nowhere.
With just under 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter Mena scored on a 33 yard pass from Montgomery to last weeks player of the game, Marc Wilson. Pessoa nailed the extra point, which like all PATs in this game proved vital. Prescott for the second time in the game left it to the end of a quarter to score when with .29 seconds left scored on a 5 yard pass from Nolen to Derriun Thompson.
The fourth quarter was more high powered offense from both sides as Mena reached the endzone first on a Stephens 4 yard TD run with 9:24 remaining followed soon after by a 9 yard Prescott touchdown run by Alex George. Luckily for Mena, Prescott missed the point after attempt. Though Prescott would later kick a 24 yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining on the clock to tie the game at the end of regulation, this miss would possibly cost Prescott the game.
As the game went into overtime Mena scored on a 25 yard TD run by Zane Stephens and a Pessoa extra point. Prescott’s Jacobi Nolen scored on a 1 yard TD run, but the Curley Wolves failed on their 2-point conversion earning Mena a 36-35 win. Senior Zane Stephens was chosen by the Mena Radio crew as the Comfort Center Home Furnishings Player of the Game with 10 carries for 117 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Stephens also had 6 receptions for 83 yards and 1 touchdown from a pass. A stellar performance.
Next up the Bearcats travel to Hot Springs this Friday night at 7pm to take on the Trojans. Be sure to tune in to Classic Hits 105.3 with Phillip Wilson and Todd Aynes for all the action from Hot Springs as the Bearcats look to go 3 and 0 on the season!