BY EASTON LEONARD –
The Mena Bearcats ninth grade Junior High Football team hosted the Bauxite Crushers Thursday night, October 5th, at Bearcat Stadium.
Both Bauxite and Mena kept the game scoreless until the last play of the first half, when Max Montgomery of the Bearcats completed a sixteen yard touchdown pass to Mason Brotherton who muscled his way into the end zone as time expired. Number ten, Hernandez, split the up-rights and made the point-after-attempt, making the score 7-0 at halftime.
After throwing an interception on their first possession in the second half, the Bearcats scored on their second, as Max Montgomery completed another touchdown pass, this time to Chris Bollmeyer from eight yards out. Hernandez nailed the point-after-attempt, to make the score 14-0 with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
Bauxite ran for sixty-one yards on the first play of their next possession, putting the ball on the Bearcat two yard line. On the next play, #23 of the Crushers ran in two yards for a Bauxite touchdown. The Crushers failed to convert on their two-point conversion attempt, making the score 14-6 with 1:45 left in the third quarter.
On Mena’s next possession, the Bearcats drove from their own thirty-nine yard line to the Bauxite one-yard line, where Jake Wiles took the handoff and ran into the end zone for a Bearcat touchdown. Jetzai Hernandez again made the point-after-attempt, to make the score 21-6 with 4:59 left in the game.
Jetzai Hernandez came up with two interceptions on the last two Bauxite possessions of the game, to keep the Crushers scoreless. The Jr. Bearcats went on to win the game by a score of 21-6.
On Thursday, October 12th, the Jr. Bearcats will travel to Arkadelphia to take on the Badgers. Mena will go into the game with an undefeated record, after wins against DeQueen, Robinson, Waldron, Ashdown, Malvern, and Bauxite this season.