Friday’s quarterfinal round playoff game in Booneville was a night for milestones.
For starters Bryson May went over 1,000 yards on the Bearcats’ first offensive play of the night. May went on to run for 177 yards which obviously put him over 1,100 as well.
A two year starter at fullback, May also went over 2,000 yards for his career.
A couple plays later quarterback Cody Harrel joined May in the 1,000-yard club when he ripped off a 47-yard gain.
For Harrel it marked the second straight year of reaching the plateau. Just the fourth Booneville quarterback to run for 1,000 yards, Harrel is the third to do it twice, following Derek Davis and Brandon Rowland.
Speaking of twice, having tandem 1,000-yard rushers has now happened nine times, the last coming in 2004 when there were actually three of them in Daniel Shaw, Jeremey McDonald and Derek Davis.
There have actually been three 1,000-yard rushers in a season three times and minus an injury in 2001 there could have been four. Brad West had 851 that season, behind 1,036 by Nathan Adair, 1,255 by Ronny Becker and 1,541 by Bryan Taylor.
Matt Berry also set a playoff record with his 78-yard run. Though he didn’t score, Berry’s run eclipsed the 76-yard run by Curtis Christian against Shiloh Christian in 2004.
Oddly the longest play in playoff history had been a pass. It too covered 78 yards from Davis to Andrew Springer against Hoxie in 2005.
With Josh Smith’s extra point after May’s second touchdown Friday night the Bearcats had a 21-0 lead. The 21 points gave the Bearcats exactly 500 on the season.
The first time that has happened under Scott Hyatt, and with another 14 coming the Bearcats ended the night at the 514 point mark. The point total is the seventh best all time – the top mark is 640 in 1999 – with the top six all coming under Kenneth Rippy.
Lincoln was victim number 13 this season, marking a Bearcat high under Hyatt and gets the Bearcats onto a football field for a December game for the first time since 2004, a game which was also at Pine Bluff Dollarway, ironically.
The total is also just one short of the single season high of 14 set in the state title year of 2000. There have now been eight 13-win seasons.
Also one away is May. His three touchdowns Friday give the fullback 26 on the season – 24 rushing, 1 receiving, 1 defensive – are one short of the school record 27 Talor Tatterson scored in 2010.
I’m also told that Lincoln running back Tyler Cummings eclipsed the 2000-yard mark on the season Friday as well.