Last Friday, October 5th, the Mena Bearcats (3-3, 1-2) senior high football team hosted the Dover Pirates (1-5, 1-2) at Bearcat Stadium. Following an hour delay to the game, the Bearcats kicked-off to Dover to begin the game.
Both Mena and the Pirates were forced to punt on their first offensive possessions of the game, before Chris Bollmeyer picked off Dover on their second possession, to give the Bearcats the ball at the Dover forty-four yard line. A couple of plays later, Mac Montgomery threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Brock Strother, to give Mena a 7-0 lead with four minutes to go in the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter, Mena scored on a 17-yard touchdown run from Zane Stepehens, extending the Bearcats lead to 14-0, with eight minutes left in the second quarter. A couple of scoreless possessions later, the Pirates put their first and only points on the board with a 6-yard touchdown run by Dillan Duvall, making the score 14-6 after a missed PAT with two minutes left in the second.
With under a minute left in the first half, the Bearcats scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Max Montgomery to Nick Linch, to make the score 20-6 Mena at halftime.
Following a punt on their first possession of the second half, Mena scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Max Montgomery to Zane Stephens with six minutes left to go in the third quarter, making the score 27-6. After the kickoff, Chris Bollmeyer picked-off the Pirates again, this time for a 30-yard touchdown, to extend Mena’s lead to twenty-eight, 33-6, with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Dover turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, giving the Bearcats the ball on their own thirty-six yard line. A couple of plays later, Max Montgomery threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jake Wiles, to make the score 39-6, with two minutes left to play in the third quarter.
And with their final score of the night, with six minutes left to play in the game, Max Montgomery threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nick Linch, to make the final score 45-6 Bearcats.
Mena will host Elkins (6-0, 3-0) this Friday night, October 12th. The Elks will come into Friday’s matchup following a week one win at Greenland (48-28), a week two win at West Fork (54-0), a week three win against Huntsville (38-20), a week four win at Waldron (50-12), a week five win at Dover (50-12), and a week six win against Subiaco Academy (58-12).