October 7, 2009 Edition

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WR posts homecoming win

Walnut Ridge's Logan Gaither wraps up a Salem player as teammate Tristan Fernandez moves in to assist. The Bobcats posted a 12-7 homecoming win.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge defense came up big in key situations, as the Bobcats defeated the Salem Greyhounds 12-7 in front of a homecoming crowd Friday night at Sexton Field.

With Salem driving deep into Bobcat territory in the first quarter, Walnut Ridge's Bennett Dudley picked off a Greyhound pass and returned it 60 yards to the Salem 20-yard line to set up the Cats' first score.

Luke Holloway passed seven yards to Logan Gaither to give Walnut Ridge a 6-0 lead with 21 seconds to play in the opening period. The conversion attempt was no good.

Walnut Ridge held the lead until Salem scored on an eight-yard run with 1:52 to play in the second quarter. The PAT was good and the Greyhounds took a 7-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bobcat defense rose up again in the third period when Gaither intercepted a Salem pass and returned it to the 10-yard line. Following a penalty, Holloway found Dudley in the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play from the 11-yard line with what would prove to be the winning score. The conversion was no good, leaving the Cats with a 12-7 lead with 1:39 to play in the quarter.

The Bobcats' defense made one final play, when Gaither intercepted a Salem pass with less than two minutes to play to seal the win.

"It was a big win and put us in excellent position in our conference. The homecoming crowd and atmosphere were great," said Walnut Ridge head coach Larry Treadway.

The win improved the Bobcats to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the 2A-3 conference. Augusta and McCrory are undefeated in conference play, while Walnut Ridge and Salem have one loss apiece.

Walnut Ridge plays at Marked Tree Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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