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CONWAY - For the second week in a row, the undefeated Greenwood Bulldogs used a late field goal to keep their nationally ranked undefeated streak alive, and this week, to clinch a conference championship. The win makes 47 in a row for the Bulldogs.
"I tell you, Conway has a great football team," said Greenwood head coach Rick Jones. "They walked out on the field and they are just so big, fast, and talented, but our guys fought and battled and did what they had to do to go one-and-0 this week. I'm really proud of them."
Despite the loss, Conway had their chances to win. While leading 21-20, they missed a 52-yard field goal with 3:37 remaining in the game. Greenwood took over on their own 20 yard line. They would have to convert two fourth down plays on the drive in order to get in field goal range, the first being fourth-and-eight from their own 31-yard line, and the second being fourth-and-five from the Conway 45.
The Bulldogs would convert on both fourth down plays, to eventually set up the game winning 24-yard field goal by Kevin Jones. The kick went through despite being partially blocked.
Jones would kick two additional field goals in the fourth quarter to help set up for the game winning kick.
"I did not want to kick that second field goal, I can promise you that," said Jones. "It went against every bone in my body to do it, but I thought it might come down to a kick. You just never know. It gave us a chance to win at the end, but it was hard to go for a field goal in that situation."
Greenwood quarterback Jabe Burgess had a big night, where he completed 24-of-36 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He would account for all but 53 yards of the Bulldogs offense.
"Jabe was just so great in the pocket," said Jones. "He was pressured, sacked, hit, and abused, but he stood in there and made great decisions all night long. I was really proud of him. He threw the one bad ball that he had no business throwing, and that was so shocking because that's just not like him. Other than that, he did such a great job of getting the ball to the right guys, and I was so proud of him tonight."
While Burgess was a big key to Greenwood's success, the Bulldogs had to step up defensively as well after Conway dominated the first half on the ground, and enjoyed a 14-7 halftime lead.
Conway running back Kevin Chamorro proved to he tough to take down, as he ran the ball 26 times for 173 yards. He scored Conways first touchdown after shredding the Greenwood defense on the opening drive of the game.
The Wampus Cats scored their second touchdown of the night with 2:36 remaining in the half when Breylin Smith connected with Sidney Moore for a 40-yard touchdown strike on fourth-and-one.
"To be honest I was proud of how all of our kids played," Jones continued. "They was Conway came out and ran right through our defense, I didn't know what would happen or if we would ever stop them. Our defensive coaches did a great job and made some adjustments, and our defensive kids fought their hearts out. I was really proud of them."
Greenwood scored on the opening drive of the second half as Burgess connected with Grant Morgan for the 18-yard score.
Conway took their final lead with 6:17 remaining in the third quarter as Smith connected on a 12-yard pass to Arbnor Prevulkaj to help put the Wampus Cats up 21-14 before Greenwood's three field goals helped them earn the victory.
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