West Fork finished with -1 yard of total offense.
The Booneville Bearcat defense recorded 14 tackles for a loss and held West Fork to a minus 1 yard of total offense Friday night, celebrating senior night with a 36-0 win over the Tigers.
The Tigers (0-9, 0-6 Conference 4A-4) did have three first downs, two by rushing and one via a pass, but their 25 passing yards were offset by 26 yards lost running the football.
After an incomplete pass and a 1-yard gain to start the game, Noah Reyes sacked Tiger quarterback Wayne Boyd for a 9-yard loss. Reyes had two tackles in the game, both solo, and both for a loss.
The Bearcats (8-1, 6-0) were moving the ball with ease on their first possession before a fumble at the Tiger 6-yard line ended the drive. Trent Harderson recovered for the Tigers.
A Carson Ray tackle for a loss on second down pushed the Tigers back to the 2 and Andrew Robertson dropped Taylor Poplin in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead with 6:46 left in the first quarter.
Ethan Dobbs returned the free kick to the Tiger 45-yard line and Brandon Ulmer scored the next play and with an Austin Dobbs PAT it was 9-0. The carry would be the quarterback’s only one of the night
After a Tiger punt — there were five of them — the Bearcats needed six plays to score. Robertson had a 22-yard carry during the drive and scored the touchdown from the 10 to make it 16-0 with still 2:57 left in the opening quarter.
Ulmer also completed a 9-yard pass to Ethan Dobbs during the drive, starting a perfect 4-of-4 passing night for 83 yards.
Trent Wooldridge celebrated his 18th birthday on the next two series.
First he picked off a Boyd pass but fumbled the ball on the return. He got it back, then caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Ulmer and it was 23-0 with :06 left in the first quarter.
Ulmer hit Wooldridge for 15 and Ethan Dobbs for 28 and a touchdown on the next Bearcat possession and it was 30-0 after Austin Dobb’s fourth PAT.
A second lost fumble — matching the total for the first eight games of the season — gave West Fork its best chance to score but the Bearcat defense held on a fourth down and gave the offense the ball back at their own 24.
Seven play later Austin Dobbs went 34 yards for a touchdown to make it 36-0. Wooldridge tried his foot in the kicking game but missed the PAT.
On the strength of his touchdown carry Austin Dobbs would be the Bearcats’ leading rusher on the night with 52 yards on three rushes. Totalling 50 yards on seven attempts, only Ray had more than five carries as 12 different players carried the football.
Out of the intermission the Bearcats turned the ball over on downs at their 47 but Anthony McKesson outran Boyd to a bad snap for a turnover and the offense drove inside the Tiger 10 before again surrendering the ball on downs with 1:22 left in the third quarter.
The Bearcats would twice more turn the football over on downs in West Fork territory in the final quarter the final time after a Gabe Fennell interception.
Tommy Harper made tackles for a loss on the last two plays of the game with the 7 lost yards pushing the Tigers below zero yards of offense for the night.
That gave Harper 2.5 tackles for loss, matching the total by Robertson. Reyes also ad two, as did Dominick Helms. Ethan Pirraglia also had a sack on the final play of the first half.
Dalton Tatum was the leading tackler over all with two solo and four assists and Cort Mizell was in on five stops.
With the win the Bearcats clinched a share of the Conference 4A-4 title, the top playoff seed for the 4A-4 and can win the league title outright with a win at Subiaco (2-7, 1-5) Friday night in Subiaco.