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Prairie Grove Looking To Regroup


October 8, 2011 by wcobserver

Photo by Jeff Winkler - Jon Halbert attempts to make a catch in the second half of play during Prairie Grove’s loss against Ozark on September 23.

By Brent Harrison

WEST FORK – Greenland and West Fork will face each other on a winning note tomorrow after the Pirates’ shutout win in the 1-3A over Marshall 41-0. West Fork heads into tomorrow’s tilt with momentum after opening the conference season on a positive and picking up its first win of the season 37-6 over Yellville-Summit. Prairie Grove dropped its 1-4A opener 13-10 in a hard fought game to Ozark at home.

Ozark 13, Prairie Grove 10

The Hillbillies played a game of ‘keep away’ in the second half, against the Prairie Grove Tigers on Sept. 22. Ozark’s over-powering run game put together methodical drives and the Tigers simply just ran out of time.

“At the end we were hoping to get a break and do something with it but we couldn’t ever find a spot,” Prairie Grove coach Danny Abshier said. “Their running back did a good job. They kept it on the ground, they kept running the clock and we couldn’t do anything.”
Ozark back Asher Ree gained 105, of his 170 yards in the second half as the Hillbillies controlled the clock and the ball.

The Tigers’( 2-2, 0-1) first half cause was not helped any in the first two quarters as it turned the ball over on downs twice in Ozark territory, in addition it lost a fumble and lost possession on an INT.

“We didn’t convert,” he said. “We kind of gave it away in the first half.”

With the score 13-0, Tiger QB Cooper Winters hit Jon Halbert with a 53-yard, perfectly thrown ball down to the Hillbilly 8-yard line. The Tigers settled for a 29-yard Landon Allen field goal at 4:20 of the second.

Prairie Grove narrowed the score 13-10 on its initial drive of the second half. Winters and Bartholomew hooked up on a crossing route and the junior raced 54 yards to the endzone.
“I thought we had them on the run for a while,” Abshier said. “We had the momentum our way we just didn’t capitalize. We ran out of time.”

The Hillbillies outgained the Tigers 323-241. The Tigers travel a few miles down Highway 62 on Friday, Sept. 30, for a fierce game against Farmington.

West Fork 37, Yellville-Summit 6

Starting the season 0-3 against Magazine, Farmington and Prairie Grove, the Tigers didn’t lose sight of its 1-3A objective.  West Fork is aware that the most important portion of the season began last Friday against the Panthers.

“I thought we really came out focused,” West Fork coach Rodney Selph said. “We played pretty well.”

Wil Jarnagan (14-104 TD1) turned in a good game on the ground for the Tigers, he also was on the receiving end (2-30,TD) of a pair of Dylan Harrison passes.”

“Wil ran the ball well and had a big night on defense,” Selph said. “He had a good night.”
Jarnagan caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Harrison, went over from a yard out in the third quarter, and returned an interception 45-yards for a score.

Harrison (9-108,2 TD) had a 52 yard touchdown run to go along with a 2-yard score.
“We really felt like the other night was very balanced as far as the number of carries everyone had,” he said. “You throw in some big plays, and offensively the line blocked really well.”

The West Fork (1-3, 1-0) defense that had given up 87 points through the first three games, pitched a virtual shutout against Yellville-Summit.

“Actually the touchdown that they got was on a kickoff return,” Selph said. “Our defense may have played the best it played all year.”

Greenland 41, Marshall 0

The Pirates (4-0, 1-0) stayed perfect on the season and survived the lengthy, curve-filled bus ride against the Bobcats on Sept. 22.

Despite Greenland’s scoring output on Friday, coach Lee Larkan said the defense played the complete game.

“They’ve gotten better every week. Probably we are a little better on defense than we were last year,” Larkin said. “They played well, I’m not sure that Marshall had a first down.”

Although sophomore Calvin Giddens has had a t majority of the carries this year, Michael Lewis had two touchdowns against Marshall. He and C.J. McMaster were instrumental in Greenland’s running game on Friday.

“[C.J.] McMaster had a pretty good night running the ball and so did Lewis” Larkan said. “Giddeons kind of ended up being the third wheel the other night.”

Junior Darian Froud continues to run the team solidly as he had a pair of rushing touchdowns.



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