Kickoff return. Matt Berry returned the second half opening kickoff to the Bearcat 36 yard line and Bryson May scored from there.
Going into Friday’s Class 4A state football playoff game both teams made no secret of a desire to controlling the line of scrimmage.
Booneville won that battle as the Bearcats ran for 452 yards and its defense recorded eight tackles for a loss, including one on the first play of the game and the Bearcats (13-0) trounced the Lincoln Wolves (11-2) 35-0.
Amongst the tackles for loss were two sacks by Joseph Saldana and another by Dalton Gray. Damon May had 2.5 for loss.
Fullback Bryson May ran 10 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns for the Bearcats, scoring on runs of 69 and 64 yards. He also intercepted a screen pass to set up his 2-yard touchdown run.
It was Josh Smith who provided the Bearcats their first score, going 40 yards for a touchdown with 10:57 to go in the first half.
By the 5:50 mark of the quarter it was 21-0 as Bryson May went 69 yards for a touchdown, then took back a screen pass interception 13 yards to the Wolf 7. Two Bryson May carries later it was a three score game.
Bryson May started the second half with the 64-yard touchdown run and Matt Berry, after a 78 yard run following, ran 2 yards for the score that started the running clock.
Berry finished with 78 net yards yards on four carries. Cody Harrel added 85 yards on seven carreis and Smith 57 on four.
With the win the Bearcats earn a Dec. 6 playing date against Pine Blluff Dollarway, a 36-0 winner over Star City in a game played at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Friday night.