Ray runs for two touchdowns, Rodatz scores one.
The 2017 Bearcat football season ended just like it began, with a loss to Pea Ridge at Bearcat Stadium.
Twelve weeks removed from a 29-19 loss to open the year, the Bearcats (10-2) lost to the Blackhawks (12-1) 22-19 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.
As was the case in the first meeting this year the Bearcats jumped to a lead, 13-0 this time, and, as was the case on Sept. 1, it was touchdown runs by Carson Ray that did it.
Ray scored on runs of 6 and 16 yards converting a Cam Brasher interception and a Marcus Nichols fumble recovery into points. Austin Dobbs made the first point after try but was wide on the second try.
Pea Ridge got within 13-7 on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jakota Sainsbury to Hayden Holtgrewe with 43 seconds left in the first half.
The Blackhawks went in front on a 15-yard Drew Winn run just 2:03 into the third quarter and Evan Green's PAT it was 14-13.
The Bearcats answered with a 7-yard Grant Rodatz run but a pass on a two point conversion was incomplete and it stayed 19-14.
Pea Ridge retook the lead on a 6-yard run by Winn with 10:10 to go. Winn, out of the wildcat, also ran for an extra two and a 22-19 lead.
Winn finished with 34 carries for 164 yards — Pea Ridge totalled just 156 on the ground. Brandon Ulmer had 19 carries for 75 yards and Ray had 12 carries for 59 for the Bearcats, who ran for 231.
Sainsbuy was 10-of-18 for 138 yards throwing the ball for Pea Ridge, who will host Arkadelphia in a semifinal game next week.