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Cats record big win



Walnut Ridge's Jacob Lawson upends a Salem player during the Bobcats' 60-28 victory on Friday night.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

After three consecutive nail-biters, the Walnut Ridge Bobcats finally played a game that didn't go down to the wire. The Bobcats rolled up 40 points in the first half en route to a 60-28 rout over Salem in 2A-3 Conference action Friday night at Sexton Field.

Walnut Ridge opened the scoring when quarterback Tyler Andrews tossed the first of his three touchdown passes, a 49-yarder to Cash Lee, in the first quarter. Tyler Binkley added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Bobcat lead.

Later in the period, Binkley scored on a two-yard run, and Martin Crisler ran for the conversion, as Walnut Ridge led 16-6 at the end of the quarter.

The Bobcats put the game away with a 24-point second quarter. Cole Hicks ran for a 29-yard score, and Andrews added the conversion for the Cats' first points of the period. Andrews then scored on a one-yard keeper, followed by Hicks' conversion. Andrews connected with Lee for a second touchdown, this time from 26 yards, with less than a minute remaining in the half. Once again, Hicks added a two-point conversion, as the Bobcats enjoyed a 40-14 lead at halftime.

Walnut Ridge continued to find the end zone in the second half. Binkley scored his second touchdown of the game on a 34-yard dash in the third period. Crisler ran for the conversion and the Bobcats led 48-20 after three periods.

Darren Tribble caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Andrews, and Hicks sprinted for a 73-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Bobcats' final points.

Andrews finished six-of-15 passing, for 127 yards and three touchdowns.

Lee ended with four receptions for 89 yards and a pair of scores.

Hicks rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, while Binkley added 92 yards and a pair of scores.

Defensively, Cody Reithemeyer had 12 tackles and Hicks recorded nine.

Walnut Ridge improved to 3-2 in the 2A-3 standings and 4-4 overall. The Bobcats travel to Augusta for another conference showdown on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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