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Junior High Football: Bulldogs fly past Pointers; Alma, Dragons secure wins

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Van Buren freshman Gage Bowlin looks for extra room in Thursday’s game against Greenwood at Blakemore Field. Van Buren Freshman Academy played the final home game this season in the 42-6 loss. The Pointers travel to Shiloh Christian next week to finish the 2013 campaign.</p>

photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL

Van Buren freshman Gage Bowlin looks for extra room in Thursday’s game against Greenwood at Blakemore Field. Van Buren Freshman Academy played the final home game this season in the 42-6 loss. The Pointers travel to Shiloh Christian next week to finish the 2013 campaign.

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Van Buren freshman Caleb Christenson (7) tries to outrun a Greenwood player during Thursday’s game against Greenwood at Blakemore Field. Van Buren Freshman Academy played the final home game this season in the 42-6 loss. The Pointers travel to Shiloh Christian next week to finish the 2013 campaign.</p>

photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL

Van Buren freshman Caleb Christenson (7) tries to outrun a Greenwood player during Thursday’s game against Greenwood at Blakemore Field. Van Buren Freshman Academy played the final home game this season in the 42-6 loss. The Pointers travel to Shiloh Christian next week to finish the 2013 campaign.

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Van Buren freshmen Alex Hesson (8) and Dylan Burnham (49) try to bring down Greenwood’s Braxton Horne (21) in Thursday’s game against Greenwood at Blakemore Field. Van Buren Freshman Academy played the final home game this season in the 42-6 loss. The Pointers travel to Shiloh Christian next week to finish the 2013 campaign.</p>

photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL

Van Buren freshmen Alex Hesson (8) and Dylan Burnham (49) try to bring down Greenwood’s Braxton Horne (21) in Thursday’s game against Greenwood at Blakemore Field. Van Buren Freshman Academy played the final home game this season in the 42-6 loss. The Pointers travel to Shiloh Christian next week to finish the 2013 campaign.

The Van Buren Freshmen Academy kept pace with Greenwood for one quarter.

Then the Bulldogs (6-1, 6-0 River Valley Conference) pulled away in the second quarter by scoring on four consecutive possessions to come away with the 42-6 win Thursday night at Blakemore Field.

Greenwood’s win coupled with Alma’s 32-28 win over Shiloh Christian sets up next week’s inevitable showdown. The Airedales (7-1, 5-1) can earn a share of the league title with a win next week in Greenwood.

Van Buren stuffed Greenwoods’ four-and-one conversion attempt on Pointer 32 to conclude the Bulldogs’ opening drive.

After the Pointers went three-and-out, Greenwood made its first strike on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Luke Hales to Drew Dundee.

Hales finished with 11-of-12 passing for 174 yards and four touchdowns, two of which were thrown in the second quarter of 42 and 29 yards.

Brandon Horne paced the running game for the Bulldogs with 12 carries for 66 yards and one touchdown.

Greenwood led 35-0 when Van Buren got on board moving the ball 80 yards on eight plays. Kyan Rose completed two passes for 54 yards and Noah Turman added a 17-yard run to help the Pointers reach the Greenwood 4.

Rose capped the drive on a fourth-and-four conversion with a pass to Quinton Cottrell with 7:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Van Buren’s Cameron Collins covered 100 yards on four kickoff returns, including one for 32 yards.

Rose finished with 10-of-11 passing for 82 yards.

Alma 32, Shiloh Christian 28

Alma recovered the onside kick after the Saints pulled within four points in the fourth quarter, and held on to win the River Valley Contest.

The Airedales travel to Greenwood next week to compete for a share of the league title.

Shiloh scored with 30 seconds remaining in the game after Alma built a 32-20 lead. Both teams were tied 14-14 at the break.

“We traded scores for most of the night,” said coach JD Coursey. “Defense came up with a huge stop in the fourth to allow us to get two scores up.”

Noah Dotson had 18 carries for 165 yards and three touchdowns and he completed 3 of 6 passes for another 58 yards.

Drake Pendergraft added 56 yards and another touchdown.

Mountainburg 35, Magazine 0

The junior high Dragons concluded their season with a win as five different players scored.

Riley Dollard had a 60-yard run and Quency Pixley had a 10-yard TD run.

Austin Hillburn added a 20-yard touchdown reception while Elijah Wilson returned a fumble 25 yards for a score.

Ethan Alexander added a five-yard touchdown run.

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