For the second straight week Booneville lost the opening coin toss; for the second straight week the opponent deferred their option to the second half, apparently wanting to see what their defense could do against the Bearcat offense.
For the second straight week, the Bearcats still played defense first. That was because, for the second straight week, Matt Berry returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
After going 96 yards against Waldron last week, Berry went 97 against Subiaco Friday and the Bearcats were off and running on their way to a mercy rule lead by halftime.
With 301 yards of offense to that point the Bearcats were well on their way to a 48-20 triumph over the Trojans.
The win by the Bearcats over Subiaco runs the dominance over the private school to almost six decades. It’s been since 1956 – 57 years – since the Trojans won a game in the series and, with Booneville dropping to Class 3A next year, the Trojans will be off the schedule for at least two years.
Berry not withstanding, the night really belonged to quarterback Cody Harrel who completed 7-of-11 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 73 yards and another touchdown.
It was 28-0 after a quarter as Bryson May ran 25 yards for a touchdown, Harrel hit Cody Simpson for 31 and a touchdown and Harrel ran 15 for a score.
A Harrel to May screen that went for 66 yards made it 34-0 and May scored for the third time on a 5-yard run to make it 41-0 at the half.
Subiaco scored three fourth quarter touchdowns, the last one with 1:05 to go.
Jimmy Scott also scored his second touchdown of the year on a 4-yard run in the final quarter.