On a hot balmy night in Hot Springs the Mena Bearcats won a hard fought game where defense shined. Mena beat the Hot Springs Trojans improving their record to an unbeaten 3-0 with Zane Stephens taking over at quarterback for the injured Max Montgomery.
Hot Springs was first on the board with a touchdown when Trojans quarterback Isaac Shelor hit Malik Brewer for a 36-yard pass with just over four minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Hot Springs failed to make the extra point and the first quarter ended with the Bearcats trailing by 6.
As both defenses dominated, the Bearcats offense broke free scoring a touchdown with seconds remaining before the half on a 24 yard Zane Stephens pass to Gaven Hooper. The extra point was good and Mena went into the half ahead 7-6.
After the half it was more of the same with strong defensive showings by both sides with Mena getting the last score of the game in the 3rd quarter on an Evan Graves field goal to take the score to 10-6 and win for Mena over the 5A Hot Springs Trojans.
The Bearcats have this week off before taking on the Ozark Hillbillies in conference play at 7pm in Bob Carver Bearcats Stadium on September 27th.
Tune in to Classic Hits 105.3 with Phillip Wilson and Todd Aynes for live coverage of the game.
Submitted photos by MHS I Samantha Maechlar