SEARCY–Heber Springs’ Junior Panthers set the tone for Tuesday night’s scrimmage at First Security Stadium by driving for three quick touchdowns versus a pair of Wildcats from Trumann and Harding Academy.

SEARCY–Heber Springs’ Junior Panthers set the tone for Tuesday night’s scrimmage at First Security Stadium by driving for three quick touchdowns versus a pair of Wildcats from Trumann and Harding Academy.
First-year Junior Panther Coach David Farr was pleased with the outcome for the most part. “I think we did some good things but we did some bad things too. We’ll take the good things and run with them and take the bad things and correct them. There were good things everywhere. I think our running game was good, Ethan Bly had a good night and the line blocked well. We need to work on pass coverage on defense and learn how to get lined up in certain situations. So we will definitely work on that.”
Heber’s first team offense opened the scrimmage against Trumann for 10 plays and had a ton of success. On first and 10 from their own 30, quarterback Judson Smith kept for 14 yards but a holding penalty nullified the play then Bly broke free over left guard and down the sideline for 37 yards into Trumann territory.
On first and 10, Smith kept for 14 yards then Bly capped the drive by dodging a tackle at the 20 and bursting down the right sideline for a 23-yard touchdown.
The Junior Panthers flipped fields and scored again as Smith kept over the left side for 28 yards to the Trumann 42 but a hold pushed Heber back before Harley Hooten carried over left tackle for five yards.
On second and long, Smith hit receiver Micah Dew down the right seam for 27 yards then Clint Ligon turned a middle screen into a 21-yard gain down to the Trumann 2-yard line. Bly finished off the drive with a 2-yard plunge over left tackle, giving him two touchdowns in 10 plays.
Heber’s starting defense only allowed Harding’s offense one first down in its 10-play series, which came on a 23-yard pass completion. The Junior Panthers first team offense hit the field one more time for six plays against Trumann’s defense and scored again.
After Smith fired incomplete, Bly caught a swing pass for five yards then Ligon took a shotgun sweep over the left side for 20 yards into Trumann territory.
On first and 10, Smith hit Hooten on a swing pass for three yards then Smith kept over right tackle for 24 yards but he was barely tripped up at the 18-yard line. On the first team’s final play, Ligon took a sweep around the left side and plowed over a defender at the one-yard line for an 18-yard touchdown.
The Junior Panthers host Greenbrier in their season opener at Panther Stadium. Opening kick is set for 7 p.m.