Tigers come away with four turnovers to beat Van Buren.
Bentonville has struggled to maintain some sort of consistency this season. The Pointers have struggled to gain a win.
The Tigers won back-to-back games for the first time this season as Bentonville won 38-6 Friday night at Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field in the 7A West Conference contest.
The loss was the Pointers fourth fifth straight this season and their ninth going back to last season.
It was the Tigers’ defense which limited Van Buren to its low output of the season.
Bentonville improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league play while Van Buren dropped to 0-5.
Van Buren had 209 yards of offense but suffered four turnovers in which the Tigers converted into 24 points.
Caleb Salisbury was 13 of 22 passing for 140 yards and three interceptions.
Bentonville was to a three-and-out on its first possession but rattled off three scores on its next three possessions.
Easton Miller broke free for a 52-yard score early in the second quarter and added another for a short gain to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 7:07 left in the first half.
Lucas Bowman struck speedy Kam’Ron Mays-Hunt for a 76-yard strike to help close out the first half.
The Pointers wanted to come out strong in the first quarter.
The squad compiled a 15-play drive which ate up 6:07 of the clock. Salisbury punched it in after a penalty put Van Buren on the Tiger 5. Van Buren took a 6-0 lead and held to it for the rest of the quarter.
The drive was sustained by a pair of pass interference penalties
The Pointers had one touchdown called back in the third quarter because of a penalty. It was a bullet shot over the middle to Walter Green. On the fourth down, Salisbury threw his second interception of the contest.
Easton Miller pace Bentonville with 5 of 8 passing for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Mays-Hunt finished with three catches and 123 yards and two TDs.
VAN BUREN 6
Summary – Bentonville won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Turning point – Collin Sineski intercepted a Caleb Salisbury pass and Bentonville scored on its next possession to take a one-TD lead.
Stat – Van Buren had 14 first downs and was 7 of 12 on third-down conversions. Bentonville needed just seven first downs and gained 422 yards on 48 plays.
BENTONVILLE 38, VAN BUREN 6
Score by quarters
Bentonville 0 21 17 0 - 38
Van Buren 6 0 0 0 - 6
VB - Salisbury 5 run, conversion failed, 5:53.
BHS - Miller 52 run, Iuso kick, 11:11
BHS - Miller 2 run, Iuso kick, 7:07.
BHS - Mays-Hunt 76 pass from Bowman, Iuso kick, 2:29.
BHS - Campbell 60 pass from Bowman, Iuso kick, 11:46.
BHS - Mays-Hunt 8 pass from Bowman, Iuso kick, 6:34.
BHS - Iuso 36 field goal, 1:10.
MISSED FIELD GOALS - 37 and 29 yards.