Walnut Ridge’s Walker Ward runs the ball during the Bobcats’ 38-14 loss to Corning on Friday night. Also in on the play for the Cats was Kai Watson (right).

Corning defeated Walnut Ridge 38-14 in the annual battle of the Bobcats Friday night at Walnut Ridge’s Sexton Field.

Corning jumped out to a 24-0 lead with a touchdown in the first quarter and two more early in the second period. The Bobcats added two-point conversions after each score.

Walnut Ridge’s first points came on a 27-yard run by quarterback Mari Thomas at the 6:33 mark of the second quarter. Blane Wade ran for the conversion to cut Corning’s lead to 24-8.

Corning connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the first half, followed by the conversion, and carried a 30-8 lead into the intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter, Corning stretched its lead to 38-8 with a touchdown and conversion early in the final period.

Walnut Ridge added a final touchdown on Thomas’ 11-yard run with 3:14 to play in the game.

Thomas led Walnut Ridge in rushing with 148 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts. Wade rushed for 54 yards on 10 carries. Walker Ward added 28 yards on three carries, and Kai Watson finished with 15 yards on four carries.

Walnut Ridge’s only passing yardage came on Thomas’ three-yard completion to Wade.

The loss leaves Walnut Ridge at 1-5 on the season and 0-4 in 3A-3 conference play. The Bobcats host Osceola this week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sexton Field.

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