October 17, 2012 Edition

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Walnut Ridge's Darren Tribble (#4) picks up some yardage with blocking assistance from Gage Ditto during the Bobcats' 55-19 homecoming victory over Marked Tree. Tribble led the Cats' ground game picking up 75 yards and scoring a touchdown.
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WR records big homecoming win

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge exploded for 34 points in the second quarter en route to a 55-19 homecoming victory over Marked Tree in senior high football action Friday night at Sexton Field.

Walnut Ridge opened the scoring when Zach Crisler tossed the first of his five touchdown passes, a seven-yard score to Cole Hicks, in the first quarter.

The Bobcats' defense contributed to the point total when Tyler Binkley intercepted an Indians' pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to give the Cats a 14-0 lead after one period.

Walnut Ridge began to pull away when Crisler threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Eric Wilcoxson, and later connected with Ryan Vaughn on a 25-yard scoring play midway through the second quarter.

Marked Tree's Darius Ivy raced 62 yards for the Indians first score with 6:29 to play in the period.

Crisler found Wilcoxson, this time for a 42-yard score on the Bobcats' next possession. Later in the quarter, Crisler tossed his fifth scoring pass, a 23-yarder to Hunter Flippo. He then passed to Payton Poole for the two-point conversion to push the Walnut Ridge lead to 41-6.

Crisler wasn't finished scoring, however. Playing defensive back, he picked off a Marked Tree pass and returned it 37 yards for a score, as Walnut Ridge carried a 48-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bobcats' only points of the second half came on Darren Tribble's six-yard run in the third quarter.

Marked Tree added touchdowns by Ivy and Octavius Dean in the second half to set the final score.

Crisler completed all eight of his pass attempts, for 197 yards and five touchdowns.

Tribble led Walnut Ridge in rushing, with 75 yards.

Rowdy Ditto and Levi Lewis each had eight tackles to lead the Bobcats' defense. Hicks recorded six tackles. Crisler and Binkley each had an interception, and Ditto recovered a fumble.

Walnut Ridge improved to 3-1 in 2A-3 Conference play and 5-1 overall. The Bobcats take to the road to face the unbeaten Salem Greyhounds on Friday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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