October 18, 2006 Edition

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Bobcats secure trip to state

Bobcat Ryan Weir (#2) and a teammate work to bring down a McCrory player in Friday night's game. The Bobcats won 39-12 to earn a spot in the state playoffs.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge's Logan Morse scored four touchdowns in the first half, as the Bobcats clinched a berth in the state playoffs with a 39-12 senior high football victory Friday night at McCrory. The trip to the playoffs will be the first for Walnut Ridge since 1999.

"This was a big win for our program. It puts us in the playoffs for the first time in seven years," Bobcat head coach Larry Treadway said.

The Bobcats started quickly, as Morse returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

The Jaguars closed to within 7-6 on a one-yard touchdown run with 7:46 to play in the first quarter, but missed the extra point.

The Bobcats answered with a 76-yard run by Morse with 7:23 remaining. Morse added his third touchdown on a 63-yard run that put Walnut Ridge up 19-6 with 5:11 to play until halftime.

McCrory closed the gap to 19-12 on a two-yard run with :25 to play in the half, but Morse returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for his fourth touchdown of the evening and a 25-12 halftime lead for the Bobcats.

Walnut Ridge continued to pull away in second half, as Ryan Weir scored on a three-yard run to put the Bobcats up 31-12 with 10:47 to play in the third quarter. Weir scored the game's final touchdown on a 10-yard run with 3:13 to play in the game. Tyler Meadors passed to Seth Chamblee for the two-point conversion to set the final score.

Morse finished with a total of 360 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Weir rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, and Meadors added 72 yards on seven carries. Chamblee caught one pass for 26 yards.

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