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Beebe gets reason to smile after rally

by MIKE SMITH SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE | September 26, 2020 at 2:39 a.m.

BEEBE -- Gannon Roberts, one of two quarterbacks used by Beebe on Friday night, followed the right side of his offensive line and bulled his way to a 15-yard touchdown run with 55.6 seconds left, giving the Badgers a 20-15 victory over Little Rock Hall for their first victory of the season,

Hall had controlled the ball for almost eight minutes of the fourth quarter, scoring on a 2-yard run by Cameron Lytle to give the Warriors (1-3, 0-1 5A-Central) a 15-14 lead over the Badgers (1-3, 1-0) with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter.

"Our guys weren't worried about anything on that last drive," Beebe Coach Chris Gunter said. "They weren't wide-eyed or anything, just saying, 'Yes, Coach' when we got the ball back."

Both teams are struggling this year with a lot of underclassmen.

"I understand there's one way we can have fun and celebrate your victories," Gunter said. "This place was in shambles. After three months of quarantine, then not having any summer camps or seven-on-seven tournaments, the kids are just a little rusty and they usually wouldn't be at this time."

Beebe ran only two plays before the Warriors forced the first turnover of the game when Timothy Price intercepted a pass over the middle with 10:34 left in the first quarter.

Hall returned the favor three plays later when a Dylan Brown pass to Lytle ended up on the ground and recovered by Beebe with 8:59 left in the quarter.

Beebe was forced to punt twice in the quarter while Hall's only other possession ended by turning the ball over on downs.

Hall's first possession of the second quarter ended with a punt with 10:38 left.

The Badgers kept the ball for almost six minutes on their next possession before scoring on a 3-yard run by Zachary Grant with 4:24 remaining.

Hall began its next possession at the Beebe 30, but lost 14 yards on three plays. When Price tried to punt on fourth down, a bad snap skidded past him and out of the end zone for a safety at the 1:31 mark.

The Badgers got the ball back, but couldn't move, leaving them with an 8-0 lead at the half.

The Warriors started with the ball in the second half and faced a second and 25 when Kavionne Rucker took a pitch toward the right side, then lofted a long pass downfield to Derrius Henderson that was good for 62 yards and a touchdown with 8:21 left in the third quarter. A two-point run tied the game at 8-8.

Thanks to a 27-yard run by Chris Benton on a second down, the Badgers got the ball to the Hall 21. Roberts then found Logan Stephens open on the sideline for a 21-yard touchdown pass and 14-8 lead with 10:51 left in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors controlled the ball for almost eight minutes, taking the lead on Lytle's scoring run, which set the stage for Beebe's comeback.

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