Bearcats devour De Queen in season opener

The Mena Bearcats senior high football team couldn't have began their season better than with a 36-0 stomping of the De Queen Leopards. On the offensive side of the ball, Jake Wiles got the Bearcats started with a 50-yard touchdown run on Mena's second play from scrimmage. After a successful point-after-attempt, the Bearcats held a 7-0 with around 8 minutes left to play in the first quarter.

Just six minutes later, Mena quarterback Max Montgomery hit Marc Wilson with a 25-yard touchdown pass to put the Bearcats up 14-0 with 2:07 remaining in the opening quarter.

Cash Parker got in on the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run to begin Mena's scoring in the second quarter. Zane Stephens rushed in for the two-point-conversion off of a fake PAT, to make the score 22-0 with 8:56 before halftime.

For Montgomery's second touchdown pass of the evening, the Junior quarterback completed a 20-yard pass to highly recruited tight end Mason Brotherton. Following a made point-after-attempt, Mena led the ballgame 29-0 with 3:19 left in the second quarter of play.

What ended up being the last scoring play of the game, came on a 9-yard touchdown pass between Montgomery and Brotherton. Luiz Pessoa made the PAT for the Bearcats, to make the eventual final score 36-0 in favor of the Bearcats.

From the quarterback position, Max Montgomery completed 16 passes for Mena, totaling 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Jake Wiles led the Bearcats with 129 rushing yards off of 12 carries. Wiles also scored a touchdown for Mena. Cash Parker ran for 26 yards on 2 carries on the night with a touchdown of his own as well. Evan Graves carried the ball twice for a total of 11 yards, and Max Montgomery tallied 5 rushing yards on one carry.

In terms of receivers, Zane Stephens caught 4 passes for 64 total yards. Tight end Mason Brotherton brought down 4 passes for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. Marc Wilson scored a touchdown for the Bearcats and caught 2 passes for 31 yards on the night, as Gaven Hooper caught for 28 yards, Jake Wiles 16 yards, and Sam Efird 3 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Marc Wilson and Cauy House led the Bearcats with 7 tackles a piece. Wilson also recorded an interception on the night along with Sam Efird and Devan Adams. Jayden Castillo brought down 5 tackles, as Iaza Ingoglia and Sam Efird both recorded 4 tackles each. Three Bearcats players tallied fumble recovers including Caleb Peters, Blake Castor, and Logan Yang.

After his first game as the Head Coach of the Bearcats, Craig Bentley noted on the game, "I am proud of our kids. I thought they did a good job of preparing, and I thought our coaches did a good job of preparing the kids."

Bentley added, "We executed our game plan on all three phases, but it wasn't a perfect game." The Head Bearcats stated that his team has to clean up their penalties. But, overall, Bentley expressed his excitement to come out with a big win.

"The atmosphere was awesome," said Bentley on the Friday night crowd at Bearcat Stadium. "Mena Bearcat fans are special. I believe the Mena atmosphere is one of the best in the state without a doubt."

This Friday, the Bearcats are set to play host to the Curley Wolves of Prescott. Coming into the game, Mena is ranked as the #10 team in 4A, as Prescott claims the #3 spot in the 3A classification. According the, the Curley Wolves are 6 point favorites over Mena.

"We are excited. We feel like its going to be one of the best game in the state in any classification, and we are happy we get to do it here at home," said Coach Bentley.

Last week, the Prescott Curley Wolves led Rison by 14 points at halftime, before going on to lose by two points, 42-40, in double overtime.

Bentley commented, "They are going to be hungry. They are going to be ready to play, and ready to avenge that loss."

However, the head Bearcat says his team will defiantly be ready for the competition on Friday night. "We will be ready. We have had a great week at practice."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm on Friday night at Bearcat Stadium between the Mena Bearcats and the Prescott Curley Wolves.

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