November 15, 2006 Edition

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WR season ends with loss at state

Bobcat Seth Chamblee runs the ball during Walnut Ridge's state playoff game against Earle Friday night. The Bulldogs proved to be too much for the Cats as they won the game 51-14 to end Walnut Ridge's season.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats were defeated 51-14 by the Earle Bulldogs Friday in a first-round game in the state 2A football playoffs at Earle.

Earle opened the scoring when Eric Cox ran for a six-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion gave the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead.

After the game was delayed due to lightning, Walnut Ridge's Logan Morse scored on a 94-yard return to cut the Earle lead to 22-6 with 5:22 left in the second quarter.

Earle capped a 54-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown and conversion to take a commanding 30-6 lead. Morse scored on a five-yard run with 4:34 to play for the Bobcats' final points.

Morse finished with 106 yards rushing. Ryan Weir added 80 yards on seven carries.

Morse and Weir each surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for the season. Morse totaled 1,370 yards and Weir finished with 1,093 yards.

"It's always good to get back in the playoffs," Walnut Ridge head coach Larry Treadway said. "It's disappointing to end the season like we did, but we still feel good about getting back here, and I think our group has a chance to do something pretty special in the years to come."

"We knew coming into the game how tough it was going to be," Treadway said. "Our kids played hard and that's all I can ask them to do. Earle has a chance to go pretty far in the playoffs."

"I want to thank all the Bobcat fans for traveling to Earle to support our team. Basketball starts Monday, and I hope our fans are ready to get behind our kids," Treadway added.

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