Seventh Grade Bearcats Slip By Atkins, 8-6


Booneville School District | 10/22/2021

Robert Musgrove scored on a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line on the final play of the first half to tie the game.

Hunner Inklebarger added a two-point conversion for an 8-6 lead.

It wound up being the difference as neither team scored in the second half and the Seventh Grade Bearcats beat Atkins 8-6 for their third win of the year.

Atkins had taken a 6-0 lead with about six minutes to play in the first of the two 20-minute running clock halves.

That touchdown also came on a fourth down play, and on a pass that covered 17 yards, but a pass attempt on the two-point conversion try was incomplete.

Playing quickly, the Bearcats had about five minutes to go 70 yards – there are no kickoffs in seventh grade football – and did so in 10 plays to take the lead.

Musgrove had a 37-yard carry on the drive and would finish the game with a team high 52 yards. Inklebarger ran for 51.

The Bearcats looked to extend the lead but about seven minutes into a near 10 minute drive a holding penalty took away a first down inside the Red Devil 10 and the Bearcats ultimately turned the ball over on an interception.

After a punt exchange the Red Devils had just under four minutes to take the game away from the hosts but a sack by Brody Chambers forced the Red Devils into a fourth-and-long.

Chambers, who had four solo and three assisted tackles in the game, made the stop on a pass that converted the fourth down and the Red Devils got a time out with :01 to play.

An incomplete pass ended the game.

Besides Chambers’ two tackles for a loss, Inklebarger and Maddox Crosby shared a stop for a loss and Elijah Draper had one as well.

The Bearcats will next play at Paris on Thursday and will close the season at Charleston on November 3.