The Booneville Junior High Bearcats bounced back from their first Conference 4A-4 loss a week ago in Dover by beating Pottsville 30-8 Thursday night at Bearcat Stadium.

The Bearcats (6-3, 5-1) first had to recover from a slow start that saw them go three and punt on their first possession and the Apaches drive 86 yards to take an 8-0 lead 6:42 before halftime.

By the intermission it was 22-8.

A 42-yard Grant Rodatz touchdown run got it to 8-6 and, after Rodatz recovered a fumble – the first of four Apache turnovers – a 1-yard run by Noah Gregory and a two point conversion run by Rodatz made it 14-8.

A Brady Brasher interception set up a 13-yard run by Caleb Draper and Brasher hit Hayden Fennell, who had tipped the ball Brasher intercepted, for an extra two points for a 22-8 Bearcat lead.

After Justin Brittain intercepted Jack White, Brasher hit Taiton Mitchell with a 7-yard touchdown pass and Fennell ran for two more to make it 30-8 with 5:19 to go.

An interception by Jacob Tucker sealed the win.

Seventh Grade Bearcats 38 Pottsville 14

Marcus Nichols ran for a pair of touchdowns and Carson Ray, Brandon Ulmer and Cameron Lawson all scored once apiece as the Bearcats won the opener Thursday night to stay unbeaten.

Ray, Ulmer, and Hesson ran for two point conversions and Ulmer hit Ethan Dobbs with a pass for another two.

Booneville (8-0) led 32-0 with 59 seconds left in the first half but Pottsville scored in one play then added a score with 5:03 to play to cut it to 32-14 before Lawson’s 37-yard run set the final.