John McRae

John McRae of De Queen forces a bad pass that was intercepted in the Cubs’ win over Mena.


The De Queen defense dominated as the Cubs broke a losing streak with a 29-8 win over visiting Mena Sept. 5. The game was shutout until a controversial touchdown in the final two minutes.

The Cub defense was tested early. A Mena interception and return put the visitors inside the De Queen 10 yard line. A play later, it was second and goal from the three.

On second down Ramiro Bahena stopped the runner for a yard loss. On third down a pass sailed over everyone deep in the end zone.

On third and goal John McRae chased the quarterback out of the pocket forced a hurried throw that was intercepted by Tye Lindsey in the endzone to give the Cubs the ball at their 20.

They began an 80 scoring drive that consumed the remainder of the first quarter. On the sixth snap of the second period, Donyea Whitmore scored on a two yard run over the right side. A try for two failed, leaving the Cubs leading 6-0 with 5:20 left in the first half.

It remained that way until just before halftime. For the second week in a row, Whitmore scored on a long run the final seconds of the first half. This time he went 56 yards for a TD with :15 to go. 

Manny Hernadez bootlegged to the left side and threw to Luke Pearce for a two point conversion that gave the Cubs a 14-0 advantage.

A sack by Ricardo Hernandez ended the half.

A big defensive play early in the second half ended Mena’s comeback hopes. On the fourth play of the third quarter, Pearce intercepted a pass at the Mena 30 and returned it to the seven. Whitmore scored on the following play then ran for another two point conversion to make it 22-0 with 6:15 to go in the third.

De Queen’s final touchdown came on a three yard run by Whitmore with 6:28 in the game. Jorty Ramirez kicked the PAT to make the tally 29-0.

Mena avoided a shutout with 1:57 in the game with a 68 yard pass play on which the receiver appeared to step out of bounds twice, but no call was made.

Donyea Whitmore gained 174 yards on 22 carries.

Pearce had tackles, including a sack and a tackle for lost yardage Ricardo Hernandez made five tackles with a sack and one tackle for a loss. Armando Lopez had tackles. Manny Hernandez made four stops including one for a loss.

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