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Bearcats begin with a blowout

Leopards fall to Mena, 39-0

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DEQUEEN– The Mena
Bearcats began their season with a blowout over the De Queen Leopards. Mena scored on their first six offensive possessions while holding De Queen to just 13 yards in total offense, as the Bearcats rolled to a 39-0 victory on the road in Leopard Stadium Friday night. The season opening action was heard live on 104.1 KENA.

After holding the Leopards to a three and out following the opening kick-off, the Bearcats marched 65 yards in eight plays to take a 6-0 lead with 6:29 to go in the opening quarter on a two yard scoring run by Jake Wiles.

After Sam Efird recovered a De Queen fumble at the Leopard 16 yard line, the Bearcats extended the lead to 13-0 on a two yard plunge by Cauy House at the 5:08 mark in the opening period.

The Bearcats extended the lead to 20-0 at the end of the opening quarter when Max Montgomery threw a 43 yard strike to Gaven Hooper.

The Mena offense continued to pour it on in the second quarter. Montgomery hit Mason Brotherton on a perfectly thrown touchdown pass that covered 30 yards. Then Montgomery and Hooper hooked up again on a 34 yard scoring pass. Wiles completed the scoring on a one yard run with 2:32 to play in the first half to make it 39-0, while invoking the Sportsmanship Rule.

With the clock running continuously in the second half, the Bearcats substituted freely and settled for the 39-0 victory to go to 1-0 on the year.

Individually, Montgomery completed 9 of 12 for 152 yards and three touchdowns. In his career against the Leopards, Montgomery has thrown for 597 yards and nine touchdowns in three games. Hooper was the leading receiver Friday night with three receptions for 93 yards and two scores. Brotherton had two catches for 33 yards and a score. Wiles was the leading ball carrier with 73 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Sam Efird, Conner Efird, and Caleb Peters were credited with five tackles each. The stingy Cat defense held De Queen to just 13 yards in offense and only two first downs on the night, one by penalty.

The Bearcats will host Harding Academy Friday night. Harding Academy is ranked #1 in Class 3A in several statewide polls. Kick-off is set for 7:00. Airtime with Phillip Wilson and Todd Aynes is set for 6:30 on 104.1 KENA.

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