The Booneville Bearcats had to withstand two weather delays, but outlasted Warren in the final seconds to win the 4A State Championship game Friday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, 14-12.
With one minute left in the game, and Warren driving, the Bearcats’ defense survived one last comeback attempt.
Play was first suspended with 3:30 left in the second quarter due to lightning in the area. Booneville led Warren 14-0.
The Bearcats got on the board early, recovering a Warren fumble in the first half, converting that into a Bryson May short touchdown run with 5:00 to go in the first.
Booneville’s offensive line imposed its will in the first half and made it 14-0 on another Bryson May short touchdown run in the second quarter.
After the eighty-three minute delay, play resumed with Warren driving before the half. Matthew Berry intercepted a pass in the endzone to keep the Lumberjacks scoreless going into half time, 14-0.
With the score still 14-0, play was suspended again in the third quarter for 46 minutes.
When play resumed, Warren got on the board quickly in the third, making it 14-6 after a failed PAT.
Warren scored again with 4:47 left in the game, but missed the two point conversion to keep the score 14-12, Booneville.
After the teams went back and forth, Warren got a stop deep inside its own territory. With one minute left the Lumberjacks drove down to the Booneville 42 yard line, but a sack with :30 seconds left made it fourth down. Matthew Berry sealed the victory for the Bearcats with an interception on a desperation fourth down as time expired.