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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Lake area teams tune up for season

  • Heber Springs shutout Quitman 20-0 and pulled away from Rose Bud 19-8 on Monday in a jamboree-style scrimmage at Panther Stadium. The Ramblers bounced back in the final 24-minute simulated game, holding off Quitman 6-0.
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  • Heber Springs shutout Quitman 20-0 and pulled away from Rose Bud 19-8 on Monday in a jamboree-style scrimmage at Panther Stadium. The Ramblers bounced back in the final 24-minute simulated game, holding off Quitman 6-0.
    All three teams found some positives along with some aspects that need tweaking entering their first game. “I thought we did a good job of executing on both sides of the ball,” said Heber Coach David Farr. “The guys came out with energy and had some enthusiasm. It was hot and they fought through that. Offensively, there are things we’ve got to get cleaned up, holding, false starts … That stuff has got to be cleaned up now.
    “Defensively we had a lot of missed tackles. We have a week and a half. We will get those things cleaned up without a doubt,” added Farr.
    In the Panthers’ win over Quitman, Chandler competed 7 of 7 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown, which came on the opening drive. On first and 10, Chandler bought some time as he was flushed left where he found sophomore receiver Pierce Mitchum, who raced down the sideline to complete a 54-yard touchdown with 9:11 left in the first quarter.
    “I thought Hunter did a great job back there of being the leader of the offense, seeing the field and making the throws he needed to make and knowing when to take what the defense was giving him,” said Farr. “I am proud of him and the way he played and there were several other guys so it was a good night.”
    Quitman quarterback Trey McGhee, fullback Chris Milam and versatile slot player Royce Katzer made some plays for the Bulldogs, who were forced to punt on their first two possessions.
    The Panthers marched 60 yards in six plays for their second score versus Quitman. Facing fourth and 7, Chandler found running back Chandler Marquardt, who turned up field for 27 yards and a first down deep in Bulldog territory.
    Following a false start penalty, utility back Chandler Jones used his incredible vision to bounce around left end untouched, finding pay dirt from 10 yards out and Dillion Moore added his second PAT, giving Heber a 14-0 lead with 4:49 left in the first quarter.
    The Bulldogs picked up a pair of first downs on their third series as McGhee converted a fourth and one with a strong second effort, then Milam rumbled 12 yards over left tackle to the Panther 43, where Quitman stalled out.
    Playing several reserves with Chandler behind center, the Panthers added one more scoring drive, covering 57 yards in seven plays. Sophomore running back Garrett Alaniz found a gaping hole for 26 yards over left side and four plays later Alaniz followed a convoy of blocks up the middle, scoring form seven yards out to set the final at 20-0.
    Page 2 of 3 - Heber Springs vs. Rose Bud
    Panther junior quarterback Hunter Chandler connected on 6 of 9 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Heber Springs’ 19-8 win over Rose Bud.
    On their opening possession, Heber marched 70 yards in six plays. Chandler hooked up with senior receiver Conner Lindsey for 20 yards, which set up an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end William Brown, who broke open near the end zone and dove over the pylon. Dillion Moore’s PAT gave Heber a 7-0 lead with 9:16 remaining in the first quarter.
    After stuffing Rose Bud, only allowing seven yards to force a turnover on downs, Heber struck quickly as Chandler lofted a pass over right side to Moore, who tracked the ball down off a post flag route to complete a 37-yard touchdown.
    Down 13-0, Rose Bud answered on its next snap as fullback Caleb Ferren bounced around right tackle and sprinted down the sideline, outrunning several defenders on a 70-yard touchdown run. Ferren powered over left guard for two more points on the conversion, leaving the Panthers’ lead at 13-8 with 6:33 left in the first quarter.
    Heber’s ensuing drive stalled out and the Ramblers nearly took the lead. On third and five, junior quarterback Jake Cantey rolled left and found Ky Graham for 15 yards, plus a facemask penalty set the Ramblers up with a first down near midfield.
    Using its Dead-T offensive attack, Rose Bud moved the chains again on a 10-yard run by senior halfback Turner Moon. Facing fourth and 2, the Ramblers continued their drive when Cantey kept around right tackle, where he burst through a crease and into the Panther secondary for 23 yards before he was finally corralled.
    With four plays to reach the end zone from the Panther 10, Rose Bud only managed two yards as Heber’s defense stiffened, forcing a turnover on downs to kill the Ramblers’ 13-play drive.
    Heber got out of a big hole on second and long when Chandler found sophomore receiver Pierce Mitchum, who turned up field for a 25-yard catch and run. Chandler then used his feet to burn the Rambler defense, scrambling twice for a total of 27 yards.
    Backup running back Ethan Franks took over from there, running two times for a net of 14 yards ¬ including a 5-yard touchdown run over right tackle ¬ setting the final at 19-8.
    Quitman vs. Rose Bud
    Rose Bud senior fullback Caleb Ferren broke a scoreless tie when he found room up the middle, shook a defender with a sharp cutback to right side, where darted into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:09 left in the scrimmage.
    The Bulldogs stuffed Ferren on the two-point conversion and nearly mounted an improbable scoring drive behind quarterback Trey McGhee, who rolled left and hit Royce Katzer out of the slot for 31 yards.
    Page 3 of 3 - McGhee added a 6-yard pass to senior receiver Trevor Williams then he found Katzer for 11 more yards as the Bulldogs reached the Rambler 22 with only time for one play. McGhee’s last-second heave to the end zone went though an open receiver’s hands as Rose Bud held on to win, 6-0.
    “We did a lot of things that we can correct that had nothing to do with them and had everything to do with us,” said Quitman Coach Brett Shrable. “We had pre-snap penalties that killed drives. Against Heber we lined up wrong a couple of times. We’ve got to get the snap every play. We’ve got to get better on offense. We shot ourselves in the foot.
    “I was encouraged with the defense and the way the defense performed with nobody in the stands at all (versus Rose Bud) … A horrible environment but our defense kept playing hard and I appreciate that,” added Shrable.
    Rose Bud Coach Kevin Coleman said his team has some adjustments to make before the season opener against Quitman.
    “We had too many mental mistakes and blown assignments. There wasn’t any need for all that drama there at the end (versus Quitman). We’ve got to know our assignments and tackle. Offensively we’ve got to know our assignments and defensively we’ve got to tackle in the open field. Fortunately we’ve got eight or nine days to get that done.”
    Heber hosts Clinton in its season opener on Friday, Sept. 5. Rose Bud and Quitman also open collide on Sept. 5 at Rambler Stadium.

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