Ray runs for two touchdowns.

Doc Crowley’s return to the sidelines as the head junior high coach for Booneville was a successful one as the Bearcats beat Pea Ridge 21-6.

Gavin Kent opened the season by kicking the ball into the end zone for a touchback.

Pea Ridge converted one third downs and got help from a roughing the passer call on a second one before Cole Brown fumbled on the Blackhawks third third down and Ty Goff recovered for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats (1-0) kept the ball for the next 7:53 turned the ball over themselves on an interception for Randon Ray. The drive included overcoming a holding call induced third-and-32 and a touchdown erased by an illegal shift.

Three plays later Logan Stewart rolled right on a third-and-8 from his own 4 and Cole Boersma and Eligah Wells recorded a sack for a safety.

Starting from their 45-after the kickoff the Bearcats had 2:27 to do more damage before the half. Ray hit Jacob Herrera for 10 yards and Goff for 13 more and, after a time out, went 16 yards for the first touchdown of the year.

Kent’s point after try hit the upright and bounced back to keep it 8-0.

Zak Withrow’s second half opening kickoff was recovered by the Blackhawks at the Bearcat 33 but Colton Ritchie would intercept a fourth down Stewart pass at the Bearcat 10.

Two plays later it was third-and-6 at the 14. Ray went 86 to make it 14-0.

Kent’s PAT try was wide.

Ritchie delivered the clinching punch a possession later when he scored from the 9 with 5:31 to play.

Kent’s third PAT try was good for a 21-0 lead.

Pea Ridge’s next possession ended in a fourth down sack by Wells, but the Blackhawks got on the board with :05 to go on a Stewart to Trevor Blair pass but Withrow’s PAT was short and low.

Cade Smith recovered the onside kick try and the Bearcats ran out the clock with Ray in victory formation.

Ray’s first junior high game will be hard to top. Bolstered by the 86-yard carry, the eight grader ran for 116 yards on six carries. He was also 6-of-7 passing for 65 more yards. He had 10 tackles as well, with 4.5 going for a loss.

Herrera was on the receiving end of five of the completions for 52 yards and Ethan Wooldridge carried 14 times for 53 yards.

Brown had 14 carries for 42 yards for Pea Ridge, which had only 15 yards rushing thanks to three sacks and nine negative yardage plays.

The Bearcats will play at Bearcat Stadium for the first time tomorrow when they host Gravette. Kickoff is expected to be about 6:30 p.m.