BECKVILLE — The Bearcats dug themselves into several different holes Friday night against West Sabine.

For the most part they were able to get themselves out of trouble.

But a late first-half fumble ended up being more than the home team could overcome as they suffered a 44-41 setback in their Homecoming game at Beauchamp Stadium.

The loss is the second straight for the Bearcats to open the season.

They hit the road this Friday night a 7:30 p.m. ballgame at Hawkins.

“We turned the ball over four times in the first half,” Beckville Coach Cody Ross said. “We challenged them in the second half and we didn’t turn the ball over and held them to just eight points.

“We’re growing and we’re learning together. I hate to lose one like that. If we take care of the ball, I think we win the game.”

The Tigers jumped out to a 20-7 lead, only to see the Bearcats fight back and go up 21-20. West Sabine went back up 36-21.

Beckville pulled to within 36-8 and had the ball inside the 5 late in the half when it fumbled the ball away.

The Bearcats would outscore West Sabine 13-8 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

Ryan Harrison had a big night offensively for the Bearcats as he was 6 of 11 passing for 204 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 143 yards on 16 carries and two more scores, while catching a pass for 17 yards.

Milo Morrison rushed for 85 yards and two scores; Evan Allen rushed for 12 yards and had a catch for 22 yards; Landon Dixon had two catches for 66 yards and a score; Carlos Campos had a 54-yard touchdown pass; and Abram Hairgrove had two catches for 49 yards.

“Ryan had a really good game,” Ross said. “He made a few mistakes early, but he made up for it. He also played great on defense. Milo also had a big night — on offense and defense — and (Colter) Klingler led us on defense.”

Klingler had 10 tackles and a tackle for loss; Harris had eight stops; Morrison had eight tackles and a sack; Dixon and Kaylin Turner both had six tackles; Aaron Jones had five tackles; and Elijah Ramsey had four tackles and an interception.

“The guys were disappointed,” Ross said. “They understand what they did wrong. That was a game that we should have won. But we’re learning from it.”

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