Booneville and West Fork moved from Class 3A to 4A together this year and found themselves assigned to the same conference for the fourth time, but the first time since 2009.
The Bearcats (5-4, 4-2 Conference 4A-4) dominated the reunion, 42-0, Friday night on senior night in West Fork (1-8, 1-5).
The sportsmanship – mercy rule – was in effect with the start of the second half making for a short second half that featured a 56-yard Tommy Harper touchdown run to put the finishing touches on the win.
West Fork took the opening kickoff and managed one first down before Michael Hesson broke up a fourth down pass giving the Bearcats the football at their own 42 with 8:06 left in the opening quarter.
A false start may have helped keep Caleb Draper out of the end zone on the first offensive play as he was run down at the West Fork 6 after a 52-yard gain.
Draper, who carried for the remaining 6 yards over the next three downs, would have a monster first half with 11 carries for 173 yards and was done for the night.
After Draper’s 1-yard run, Austin Dobbs’ point after, the first of six straight, made it 7-0 with 6:36 left in the first quarter.
By the time the quarter ended, it was 21-0.
Grant Rodatz sacked Graham Langston and caused a fumble three plays after the kickoff. Devin Davis scooped up the ball and headed for the end zone. He came up a mere 4 yards short of living the lineman scoring dream.
Hayden Fennell would score the next play and it was 14-0.
The Bearcats’ third scoring drive would also be a short one, thanks to a negative yardage punt by Langston that Noah Reyes returned advanced to the Tiger 30.
Seven plays later Carson Ray reached the end zone and it was 21-0 with 43 seconds left in the quarter.
Langston made up for his punt snafu with a boot of 51 yards after Brandon Ulmer tracked it down and headed up field. A block in the back flag erased a return into Tiger territory and pushed the Bearcats back to their own 16.
Draper went 84 yards the next play and it was 28-0 with 10:32 left in the half.
West Fork put together a pair of first downs, one after burning a time out to set up a fourth down play, but three downs later Marcus Nichols picked off Langston and wasn’t knocked out of bounds until he reached the Tiger 41.
The Bearcats got 22 yards over the next two plays and were at the Tiger 19.
A holding penalty eliminated all but 5 yards of a Fennell carry, and another holding call shortened a Draper run to only 4 yards and it was second-and-21.
Ulmer hit Trent Wooldridge for 9 of the yards but was sacked by Grant Franklin for a 10 yard loss on third down and it was fourth-and-22 at the 31.
With Wooldridge, Jacob Gregory and a few Tigers in the end zone, Ulmer was able to hit Wooldridge for the touchdown to make it 35-0 with 1:53 left in the half.
West Fork used a couple of first downs to reach the Bearcat 38 with 3 seconds left in the half. Out of a time out Wooldridge intercepted Langston and took it back 81 yards for a touchdown but another flag for a block in the back wiped out the score and ended the half.
The Bearcats went three-and-out to start the second half and Noah Gregory got off a 51-yard punt to pin the Tigers at their 14.
Langston countered with a 47-yard effort on fourth and 10 and the Bearcats were at their 39. After Dobbs got 6, Harper scored and it was 42-0 with 4:12 left in the third quarter.
Jeremy Elliott and Dobbs dropped Langston for no gain on a fourth-and-2 with 4:42 to play and the Bearcats kept the ball the rest of the way.
The Bearcats will wrap up the 2016 campaign with another series revival as Subiaco visits. The Trojans (0-9, 0-6) were off the schedule while the Bearcats were in 3A.