Letterman Magazine over the past three years has been proud to take part in the Clash in the Ozarks and this year was a terrific Clash. Both the Lions and the Pioneers should be proud of the way they played on Friday night. The conditions on Friday were perfect for football and one of the best games of the year took place at Pioneer Stadium.
The Gravette Lions came into the game on Friday night with a playoff berth already clinched. The Gentry Pioneers came into Friday having just missed out on a playoff spot, but with still plenty to play for. The Lions would strike quickly in the first quarter racking up 14 points on their first two drives. Bryce Moorman would connect with Layne Martinez from 30 yards out to open up the scoring for Gravette. On the next possession, the Lions’ Jordan Burnett would punch the ball in from 2 yards out to make the score 14-0.
Gentry would get the offense going in the first quarter when C.J. Taylor scored from 8 yards out and the converted two point attempt would make it 14-8. Gravette and Gentry would trade touchdowns and the score would be 28-16 Lions, going into halftime. The stage was set for an excellent finish and that is exactly what the Pioneers and the Lions supplied.
Gentry would come out on fire in the second half. C.J. Taylor would punch it in the end zone two more times. Gentry would take the lead early in the fourth quarter 30-24. Jordan Burnett and the Lions would grab the lead with 2:20 to play in the game 34-30. Gentry would drive down the field and have a chance to win the game as the clock ticked down to zero. The Gentry attempt to put the ball in the end zone would not be successful as the game to an end and the final score would be Gravette 34 and Gentry 30. This game was easily one of the best games of the year and keeps this terrific rivalry strong and alive. Enjoy the playoffs and be sure to check out Letterman Magazine for the final poll of the year in the next few weeks.