Ulyces Coto

Ulyces Coto runs for a gain against Mena in De Queen’s junior high game.

De Queen’s junior high dropped a 7-6 decision to visiting Mena Sept. 2.

All the scoring came late in the game.

Midway through the final quarter Mena had a first down at the De Queen 45 when the Cubs defense stiffened.

Abriam Hernandez broke up a long pass on first down. Jeremiah Coto made a tackle for a five yard loss on second down. Mena gained 11 on third, but on fourth and four Oscar Rojas made a tackle for a loss of seven to give the Cubs the ball at their 46 with 6:05 to play.

A delay of game penalty pushed the ball back to the 41. Ulyces Coto ran for gains of 11 and four yards. At the Mena 42 Beau Morris ran for eight. Coto gained four for a first down at the 30.

A high snap eluded Sam Graham who chased the ball down and attempted to run left, then threw to Trenton Matthews for a first down at the Mena four.

The Cubs went backwards, but on third and 16 Graham passed to Matthews deep in the end zone for the game’s first points. After a wide PAT attempt, the Cubs led 6-0 with 1:03 left.

Mena’s possession began at its 35 following an out of bounds kick off. A wide receiver bubble screen pass broke free. Noah Varela chased down the ball carrier at the De Queen 28, but a flag for a horse collar tackle moved the ball to the 11.

On second and six 8 threw to 25 for a touchdown. The PAT kick was good to give the visitors the lead with 43 seconds to play.

The ensuing kickoff was downed at the De Queen 39. Graham scrambled for first down at midfield. After an incompletion Ulyces Soto made a sliding catch at the Mena 31 as time expired.


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