October 22, 2014 Edition

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Marked Tree rallies to beat WR



Walnut Ridge's Tyler Fry (center) wraps up a Marked Tree runner as Tyler Binkley moves in to assist during the Bocats' 35-14 loss on Friday night in Marked Tree.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Marked Tree rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat the Walnut Ridge Bobcats 35-14 in senior high football action Friday night at Marked Tree.

Walnut Ridge opened the scoring on Tyler Binkley's 19-yard run with 6:15 to play in the first quarter. The Indians stopped the two-point conversion to leave the Bobcats with a 6-0 lead.

The Bobcats added to their lead when Tyler Andrews tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bounds on the first play of the second quarter. Luke Harper ran for the conversion to give Walnut Ridge a 14-0 lead.

The Indians began their comeback with Cameron Mitchell's 42-yard run with 10:14 to play in the period. Walnut Ridge stopped Mitchell on the conversion run to leave the score at 14-6.

It appeared the Bobcats would take their lead into the locker room, but Marked Tree quarterback Octavius Dean found DeAngelo Griffin with a 39-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds remaining in the half. Dean completed a pass for the two-point conversion to send the teams to halftime deadlocked at 14-all.

Marked Tree took a 20-14 lead on Mitchell's seven-yard run with 8:27 to play in the third quarter. Later in the period, Dean and Griffin hooked up on another long scoring pass, this time from 42 yards. Dean ran for the conversion to stretch the Indians advantage to 28-14.

The Indians' final touchdown came on Tevin McGee's one-yard run with 5:25 to play in the game. The PAT set the final score.

Marked Tree finished the game with 365 yards of total offense to 189 for Walnut Ridge.

Andrews was 7/12 passing, for 54 yards and a touchdown. He was also the Bobcats leading ground gainer, with 83 yards on 19 carries.

Harper and Binkley each rushed for 29 yards on nine and 10 carries, respectively.

Bounds led the Cats' receivers, with 37 yards on four receptions. Drake Berry caught two passes for six yards, and Kyle Nunley had an 11-yard reception.

Walnut Ridge now stands at 1-6 overall and 1-3 in 2A-3 Conference play. The Bobcats begin a three-game home stand by hosting the Midland Mustangs on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sexton Field.

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