First appearance by Sebastian County

Today we have the first appearance for Greenwood on the top games of all time at Bearcat Stadium coming in at number 45 as we are counting down the 50 greatest games a committee felt are the best 50 games — so far — to have been played in Bearcat Stadium, which, on Sept. 1, will open its gates for its 50th season.

At number 45 is a 12-7 win over the Bulldogs in what, though it was Oct. 12, was the final home game of the 1979 season before three straight on the road.

Why was this game chosen? You don't often see a team have zero penalties and zero turnovers but Booneville did this night in a game of 4-2 against 2-4 but it took a 12-point second half to win it, and one of the longest runs in school history.

What do I remember? Not much. I'm sure I was there. I was a sophomore, but it isn't one that jumps in my head for some reason.

What does Jimmy Dale Bryant remember? I remember the Jr. High team getting beat at Greenwood and also telling Coach Burnett that we would beat them tomorrow night, it was coach Burnett's first year at Greenwood.

We were down 7-0 at half but came out in the second half ready to play the play I remember is Roy jack Tomlin running for his life in a 80 or 90 yard TD run that put us in the game. At half time if I remember correctly we took our chewing from coach (Gene) Bradley made our adjustments and came out fired up.

What happened? Greenwood took a 7-0 lead on a Stand Udouj to Alan Frey touchdown pass. The Bearcats drove deep into Bulldog territory just before the half but couldn't score.

They also couldn't score on their first possession of the second half and Greenwood drove to the Bearcat 19-yard line but Frey was stopped on fourth-and-1. After a loss it was second-and-14 when Roy Jack Tomlin went 85 to make it 7-6. John Adair couldn't give the Bearcats the lead with the extra two.

The Bearcats got the ball back after again holding on downs at their 30 with just over six minutes to go. Forty yards into the drive, Craig Taylor hit Danny Jones in the end zone between defenders for the go-ahead score. Taylor only threw four passes, completing two for 35 yards.

Tomlin had 149 yards on 15 carries and Dean Wall had 13 tackles with eight assists.

Tomorrow it’s a key shutout at 44.