The Cedarville Sr High Pirates and the Green Forest Tigers football game last Friday night might best be described by some people as a good ole’ fashioned butt whoopin’. The Sr Pirates sailed into this match with a 2-0 winning streak and they were determined to make it 3. Well, that determination paid off immensely because, at the sound of the Pirate’s ship bell, Cedarville left port with a final score of 52-20. With just three games into the season, the Sr Pirates will start conference playoff on a high note due to their 3-week winning streak. After facing Berryville, Mountainburg, and Green Forest, Cedarville has been able to hold their opponents to only 32 points while the Pirates wield 130.
The game started off like any other. Warm and slightly muggy. Fans dressed in their school spirit best. Cheerleaders in the end zone preparing for the run-out. And each team on the field stretching it out. Ah! Friday night football in a small town. As the game got underway, the Tigers quickly saw what they were now up against. The Pirates wasted no time at all laying down the law. Darryl Kattich was the show opener with two plays that were so big, that he ended up running out of a shoe. With the help of Hayden Partain who picked up a few yards down the middle, the Pirates were set up for pay dirt.
Kattich bolted downfield for a 32 yard TD and along with the two-point conversion delivered by Tommy Metcalf, Cedarville got the scoreboard lights shining 8-0. Thanks to Partain, Metcalf, Bruce Turney, Max Mcgill, Jace Baker, and Taylor Humble, who put the freeze on the Tigers offense, Green Forest was left with nowhere to go. After getting the ball back, the Pirates sent in Turney who collected a 24-yard run which then allowed Partain to take it to the house upgrading the score to 14-0 with 7 minutes left in the first quarter.
After Green Forest found their way on the board, Cedarville was hot on their heels with their own 42 yard running TD completed by Kattich. Add on Partains two-point conversion and the game sat at 22-8. Each team picked up one more TD before the end of the first quarter rolling up the score to 28-14. Right out of the gate in the second quarter, Hayden Morton was gone faster than a toupee in a hurricane as he yielded a 61 yard TD run. Add the 2-point conversion by Metcalf and the Pirates kept their place at the top 36-14.
After halftime, the scores just kept on coming with Cedarville successfully recovering the Tiger’s onside kick. Able to deflect any coverage the Green Forest D-line attempted to give, Dickens landed a 28 yard reception. The excitement from the Tigers recovering a Cedarville “oopsie” fumble didn’t last long though as the Green Forest QB was stripped of the ball by Humble. With the Pirates back on offense, Jase Baker delivered a solid block helping his team get a first. With the mercy rule in effect, Cedarville netted another TD placing the ball back in the Tiger’s hands but it wouldn’t last long. Metcalf zoomed out of thin air to intercept Green Forests’ ball ending the game 52-20 Cedarville.
Kattich finished the game with 13 carries for 247 yards, 4 TDs, 1 reception for a 27 yard TD, and all in the first half of the game. Kattich also earned 6 tackles. Partain obtained 11 receptions for 57 yards and a TD. Hayden Morton snagged 6 receptions for 82 yards and a TD. Dickens made 4/7 for 68 yards and a TD. And Tommy Metcalf acquired 3 two-point conversions and an INT, 37 carries for 418 yards, 6 TDs, and a 68 yard passing TD. Defensively, Darien Skinner got 7 tackles, Metcalf obtained 2 tackles, 2 KDP, and 1 INT. Taylor Humble got his hands on 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hurry, and 1 fumble recovery. And Elijah Cox snagged 2 tackles, 2 QB hurry, 1 sack, and 1 FF. The Cedarville Sr Pirates will have a bye week and be back ready for action when they host the Lavaca Golden Arrows on September 25 at 7 pm.