Our Highway 10 neighbors make another appearance on the countdown of the greatest games at Bearcat Stadium as we travel back to 1989 today to continue with what a committee thinks are the 50 greatest games — so far — to have been played in Bearcat Stadium, because on Sept. 1, the stadium will open its gates for its 50th season.
For number 32 we have, perhaps, the thinnest wins of all time, 7-6 over the Bulldogs.
Why was this game chosen? It's hard to win a game when you were dominated, but as this game will attest, it is not impossible.
What do I remember? There were punts, a lot of them. And, of course, one magical kickoff return.
What does Tim Terry remember? Who is that, you ask? Well he was on the other side of the field watching his team fall so this is a rather unique perspective. Read on:
I was a sophomore in '89 and we rode in to Bearcat Stadium losers of six straight in the series. Our team was pretty good, but defensively, it was probably one of the best we've had. Booneville had got to us with special teams for a number of years and the formula was obvious this Friday night. We shut down the Bearcats, maybe the worst in Booneville history, on the offensive side, but (Dustin) Blankenship, got loose on a kickoff return....the dagger. I believe we fumbled inside the 10-yard line two or three times and setting for field goals was the death of the Bulldogs. Those pesky Cats still found a way to win.
Happy 50th Bearcat Stadium.
What happened? Basically, what he said.
What the now radio man for Greenwood neglected to say was there were five turnovers that kept the Bearcats in it as they managed a single first down and 35 yards of total offense. Sadly , that was not a typo on the yardage.
John Weaver, Joel McDonald and Bryan Rust all recovered fumbles and Blankenship and Tommy Halford both picked off passes. Otherwise, Greenwood had 229 total yards, 106 through the air, but only four of their 15 first downs came after the intermission.
The return yardage, including Blakenship's 90 on the kickoff, was 186-53 so obviously the Bearcats won that phase of the football game because 7>6. Greenwood led 3-0 and 6-0 on field goals of 30 and 31 yards by Todd Basham, but after Basham's second 3 they had to kick off. Thanks.
The winning return, I wrote in my book Purple & Old Gold, was supposed to go to sophomore Jonathan Davis but Blankenship saw he had a better chance to do damage, so he took it. James Lee, who was wide on a 38 yard field goal try, added the point after that eventually won it.
Tomorrow we have one that was a long time coming at 31.