The Sylvan Hills Bears have finally played a normal game of football. After two weeks of rain, postponements and an outright cancellation of the second half in last week’s week two tilt at Hot Springs Lakeside, the Bears not only experienced normalcy, but a 17-14 win over the Newport Greyhounds.
But things didn’t look so good in the first half. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the half before head coach Jim Withrow changed things up a bit for the Bears.
He inserted sophomore Tra Doss at quarterback and got the desired results.
Doss engineered a 75-yard touchdown drive capping it off himself with a 1-yard touchdown run. A missed PAT made it 14-6.
Doss then showed he didn’t have to get so close to the endzone to get in. He scored on a 65-yard touchdown run and threw to Kylon Wade for the two-point conversion to tie the score.
Phillip Wood sealed the victory with a 33 yard field goal at the 2:41 mark of the fourth quarter.
The winning points were set up by Marlon Cleamons’ 35 yard punt return.
The Bears got a big play defensively in the third when DeAngelo Bell broke up a potential touchdown pass.
Conference season begins this week as the Bears head across the river to Little Rock Christian, a team that didn’t play last week.
Central Arkansas Christian canceled the game at their place due to flooding of the field.
If normalcy was the word of the night Friday, Withrow would certainly love for normalcy to mean victory.
Not that incumbent quarterback J.D. Miller was playing bad, Withrow just thought his club could use a change of pace.
"We had some dropped balls," Withrow said. "J.D. didn’t play badly."
Doss came into Friday’s game in the second half against Newport and engineered a pair of touchdown drives and won 17-14.
Now Withrow has a problem. Or does he?
Does he start a proven senior or does he go with what he thinks is one of the better sophomore signal callers in the state?
"We may prepare two different game plans," said Withrow. "We will find the hot hand."
Miller was that hot hand during the first and only half against Hot Springs engineering three touchdown drives before the washout.
Then Doss leads a win over Newport.
Not a bad problem to have.