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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • All squared up

  • All three schools competing in Monday’s first session of 7-on-7 games at Panther Stadium had the benefit of tasting victory and the incentive to improve following a loss. Heber Springs bounced back from a 20-15 loss to Cave City with a 25-2 victory over Quitman, which beat Cave City 18-16 in its first game. Heber’s J/V squad also fielded a team that played against each of the three varsity squads.

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  • All three schools competing in Monday’s first session of 7-on-7 games at Panther Stadium had the benefit of tasting victory and the incentive to improve following a loss. Heber Springs bounced back from a 20-15 loss to Cave City with a 25-2 victory over Quitman, which beat Cave City 18-16 in its first game. Heber’s J/V squad also fielded a team that played against each of the three varsity squads.
    After a dead period for high school workouts, the 7-on-7 sessions crank back up in July.  
    Quitman 18, Cave City 16
    The Cavemen took an early 8-0 lead but the Bulldogs would answer with a scoring drive that included a 20-yard reception from Hunter Martin and a 13-yard catch and run by Chase Stewart. On second and goal, quarterback Walker Johnson found Stewart for a 7-yard touchdown as Quitman sliced its deficit to 8-6.
    Cave City fired back with a touchdown pass and two-point conversion but the Bulldogs refused to go away, countering with a touchdown on the ensuing snap when Johnson lofted a pass deep down the left sideline for Stewart, who out-jumped a defender at the 15 and cruised into the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown. The two-point attempt failed, leaving the Bulldogs behind, 16-12.
    Following a goal-line stand, Quitman scored with the help of four catches by Martin, who had grabs of 5, 18 and 12 ¬ setting up first and goal. On second down, Johnson found Martin again, this time on a crossing pattern for a 5-yard touchdown, giving the Bulldogs an 18-16 lead with 3:30 remaining. The Bulldogs held Cave City on its next series to preserve the victory.
    Cave City 20, Heber 15
    With 3:15 left to play, a 40-yard touchdown pass from Cave City quarterback Jeremy Runyan to receiver Jaron Stigger capped a 20-15 victory for the Cavemen against Heber Springs.
    The Cavemen took an early 6-0 lead on their first possession before Heber responded with a scoring drive that entailed two receptions by Clint Ligon, including an 8-yard touchdown off a rollout pass from quarterback Michael Kramer, who moments later hit Brooks Morgan for one point on the conversion.
    Cave City quickly countered with a touchdown for a 12-7 lead before Kramer found Ligon, who made a dazzling, leaping grab in the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown despite pass-interference by the defense. Heber’s one-point attempt fell incomplete, leaving the Panthers with a 13-12 lead with 13:00 remaining.
    On Cave City’s next possession, defensive back Eddie Irvin came down with an interception, adding two more points for a 15-12 Heber lead but the Panthers bogged down in the red zone on their next possession.
    After the Cavemen scored the go-ahead touchdown, the Panthers drove to the 1-yard line behind a 25-yard catch from Morgan and 14-yard grab from Ligon, however, Cave City held tight on two goal line passes as time expired.
    Page 2 of 2 - Heber 25, Quitman 2
    Heber Springs bounced back from its loss with a lot of emotion while taking down the Bulldogs 25-2 in the final varsity game of the day.
    The Panthers took the lead for good on their first possession when Clint Ligon made a 5-yard touchdown catch in heavy traffic off a precise pass from Michael Kramer. Ligon sparked the drive with a 25-yard reception, which Eddie Irvin followed up with a 10-yard grab. Kramer fired a dart to Irvin for two more points on the conversion attempt from the 10-yard line, pushing Heber’s lead to 8-0.
    Micah Dew took over on the Panthers next possession, first hauling in a 36-yard pass from Kramer. Then, on third down, Dew leaped over a defender for a 4-yard touchdown. Kramer hit tight end Zach Rasmussen over the middle for two more points and a 16-0 lead.
    Moments later C.J. Cannon extended the Panthers’ lead to 18-0 with an interception and Heber scored again when Ligon came down with an amazing grab, snatching the ball away from a defender in mid-air for a 35-yard touchdown. Kramer rolled left and hit Rasmussen in the back of the end zone for two more points, pushing Heber’s lead to 25-0.
    Facing one of Heber’s backup quarterbacks, Quitman’s Ian Johnson jumped a pass for an interception, setting the final at 25-2.
     
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