Going down to the wire in a hard fought game on the road to close out the 2016 football season, the Yerger Middle School Bobkittens eighth grade squad came up short to De Queen 3-0 in the finale game of 2016 on Halloween night in De Queen.

Going down to the wire in a hard fought game on the road to close out the 2016 football season, the Yerger Middle School Bobkittens eighth grade squad came up short to De Queen 3-0 in the finale game of 2016 on Halloween night in De Queen.

The Bobkittens provided one of the most impressive defensive performances this season to hold De Queen out the end zone for all four quarters of football action. In the final three minutes of play, De Queen was able to successfully made field goal to give them a slight lead over Hope.

The Bobkittens held possession coming up on two minutes remaining to play in the game and executed to move the ball but forced in a crucial fourth down situation. The Bobkittens went for it but came up short to convert and De Queen would take the final possession as they set up in victory formation to run out the clock and edge YMS for the win.

YMS eighth grade head football coach Ricky Rhodes believed his team competed hard throughout their match-up in De Queen. Rhodes said, "We moved the ball well and got first downs but had some missed drives. The defense played outstanding and stopped them."

The Bobkittens provided a huge spark in the battles this season and accounted the only win in Hope football program defeating Hot Springs 28-14 on the road in Spa City.

They're going to be a group to watch for in ninth grade next season and as they move up to the senior high level due to their athletic abilities and willingness of development in football for the future.

Rhodes and his coaching staff of Gerald Bennett and Terry Daniell was pleased to work with them this season and hope they'll progress for a good season in ninth grade for 2017.