Ray, Robertson run for two touchdowns each as Bearcats complete a 3-0 nonconference slate.
The Booneville Bearcats held off Pottsville 28-26 Friday night at Bearcat Stadium.
Leading 21-6 at the intermission the Bearcats allowed an 82-yard Justin Mullinax kickoff return to start the second half but held on a 2-point conversion try.
Noah Reyes forced a fumble that Anthony McKesson recovered to set up a 1-yard Carson Ray touchdown to give the Bearcats a 28-12 lead with 8:45 left in the third quarter.
It was Ray’s second touchdown on what would be a 27 carry night that produced 95 yards.
The Apaches (1-1) responded with a 12-yard Ben Jones to Drew Rust touchdown pass and Jones running for a 2-point conversion to make it 28-20 with 4:48 left in the third quarter.
Exactly 12 game minutes later Kurtis Kemp scored his second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run but a dead ball unsportsmanlike penalty forced the Apaches to try a potential game-tying 2-point conversion from the 18. It failed.
A main story line from the game was the number of flags. Pottsville was assessed 12 penalties for 94 yards and the Bearcats 83 yards on 10, including negating a touchdown. The Bearcats also had a penalty declined – there were two infractions called on the play – and there was one set of offsetting penalties for a total of 25 calls.
The Apaches had a chance to complete a comeback when the Bearcats turned the ball over at thie 32 yards line a fumble with 3:05 to play. Michael Hesson got the fumble back two plays later.
Still, Pottsville was able to use their time outs and got the ball back with 46 seconds remaining. They did so, however, after a 46-yard Hesson punt rolled dead at the Pottsville 6.
After one completion, a fumble Jones was able to recover himself, a double pass incompletion, and a dropped pass, the game finally ended.
The Bearcats had built their halftime lead on a pair of Andrew Robertson touchdown runs that covered 40 and 14 yards, and a 6-yard Ray touchdown run just 16 seconds before the intermission.
The Ray touchdown was set up by a McKesson interception.
The win completes the nonconference slate for the Bearcats, who have an open date next Friday before beginning Conference 3A-1 play on the road at Paris.