There was plenty of offense Saturday night at Bearcat Stadium. Carson Ray ran 27 times for 127 yards and four touchdowns and Andrew Robertson darted away from and carried Curley Wolves for 148 yards on 16 carries.
There were also two huge defensive plays turned in the final 14 seconds, the later by Cam Brasher, whose interception at the Bearcat 1-yard line with 8 seconds to play preserving a 34-31 Bearcat win over Prescott in the Class 3A semifinals.
Originally scheduled for Friday night, the game, like the Rison at Osceola game, both Class 2A and 4A games and the Class 5A state title games were postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.
Osceola (13-1) took down unbeaten Rison 37-28 in the other 3A semifinal game setting up Saturday’s finals between the Bearcats and Seminoles at noon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
With 2:03 to play in the game Carson Ray bulled in from the 2-yard line for his fourth touchdown of the night and Gavin Kent added the point after to give the Bearcats (14-0) a three point, 34-31 edge.
Prescott (12-2) started the ensuing possession with a 13-yard run by Ryan Johnson. Derriun Thompson got eight then Johnson rumbled for 24 and the ball was at the Bearcat 25 with 1:19 still to play.
Johnson got five more and Thompson 1 before a Prescott time out with 47 seconds left. Thompson then got 10 before being run down by Brasher, one of the linebacker's 15 tackles, at the 9.
Thompson got three more before the second Prescott time out and when Marcus Nichols chased down Johnson after just a 1-yard gain Prescott stopped the clock with 14 seconds to go and the ball five yards away from the west end zone.
Out of times outs, but successful throwing the ball all night -- Johnson was 6-of-9 for 184 yards -- the Curly Wolves went to air one more time but Brasher picked off Johnson on the next play. It was the only turnover of the night.
After the Bearcats spent a time out to get everyone settled, Evan Schlinker, who also ran for a touchdown and 51 yards for the Bearcats, took a knee to end it.
Johnson finished with an even 100 yards rushing on 19 carries.