October 31, 2007 Edition

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WR falls to Marked Tree

Walnut Ridge quarterback Tyler Meadors gets some blocking assistance from Caleb Dodd as he prepares to throw a pass during the Bobcats' 30-8 loss to Marked Tree Friday night.
Submitted Photo ~ Ginger Bibb
Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge hosted Marked Tree in senior high football Friday night. The Bobcats fell to the Indians 30-8. Marked Tree clinched the 2A-3 conference championship with the win.

Walnut Ridge got on the scoreboard first when Marked Tree snapped the ball over the punter's head for a safety with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

"Marked Tree proved hard to tackle and we missed too many tackles," said Walnut Ridge head coach Larry Treadway.

"We played better on defense, but continue to struggle on offense," added Treadway.

Bobcat quarterback Tyler Meadors completed 8-of-16 pass attempts for 86 yards and one touchdown. Bennett Dudley was 3-for-3 for 27 yards.

Meadors rushed 10 times for 44 yards, and Brandon Dawson rushed nine times for 25 yards.

Mitchell Thompson notched two catches for 19 yards. Logan Gaither had two catches for 31 yards, and Derek Medlock had one catch for eight yards and a touchdown

Thompson returned three kickoffs for 60 yards, and Dudley had one kickoff return for 30 yards. On defense, Kyle Simms collected a fumble recovery.

"Defensively, we had a lot of people running to the ball ~ Corey Sellers, Bennett Dudley, William Wilcoxson, Tristan Fernandez and Mitchell Thompson," said Treadway.

Walnut Ridge will advance to the Class AA state playoffs for the second year in row.

"In AA football, the top four teams in each conference make the playoffs and we have finished fourth for the second consecutive year and will be traveling to play the number one seed in 8AA. Getting back in the playoffs is a great feeling and extends our season another game," said Treadway. "Our kids have battled through some tough losses and continued to keep a great attitude. These kids worked hard and are proud to be back in the playoffs. Everybody on our schedule, except Rector and McCroy, made the playoffs. Marked Tree, Cross County, Augusta, Hoxie, Piggott, EPC and Carlisle all made the playoffs."

Walnut Ridge finishes the regular season this Friday night at Sexton Field against the Carlisle Bisons, the fifth-ranked AA team in the state.

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