Bomber offense sees spark in nonconference finale – Arkansas News

Bomber offense sees spark in nonconference finale – Arkansas News

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See the big plays in the Mountain Home Bombers 31-20 loss to the Batesville Pioneers
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Despite Mountain Home’s strong second-half rally falling short against Batesville, Bomber head coach Bryan Mattox saw something in the final two quarters his team can build on for the rest of the year.

A 20-play, 95-yard drive that drained 7:26 off the clock and pulled the Bombers within four points in the fourth quarter was a good building block.

“In practice this week,” Mattox said, “we actually did less from a standpoint of formations and plays and just decided we’re going to get back to the basic concepts of our offense to try to get some consistency. We wanted to see it in a game situation. To see that 20-play drive shows that we’re getting to the point where we can rep it out, play after play.”

Batesville went on to score with 3:40 remaining to put the game out of reach and held on for a 31-20 victory Friday night at Bomber Stadium, sending the Bombers to 0-3 going into the start of 6A-East Conference play.

Mattox was proud of his squad for turning a 24-7 halftime deficit into a 24-20 battle midway through the fourth period.

“A lot of teams would probably not have shown up in the second half,” he said. “That’s the best we’ve played this year, in that second half. But it’s combining that effort with the mental focus. Some of that focus was missing with missed assignments and communication. We didn’t get all the calls in on…

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