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Bulldogs Pick Their Path To Second Straight Title

Posted: December 2, 2012 at 4:52 a.m.

Reece Dollins, center, Bentonville quarterback, squeezes in between a hole in Fayetteville’s defense Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The football was for the taking Saturday night, and Jordan Dennis took full advantage of the opportunity.

Gamebreaker

Fayetteville 31, Bentonville 20

Why the Bulldogs won

Jordan Dennis and Cole Harris — Fayetteville’s two top receivers — did it with defense. Both players returned interceptions for touchdowns in the second half.

Why the Tigers lost

Bentonville, which had dominated the turnover battle throughout the season, lost it when it mattered the most. Two costly interceptions turned into Fayetteville touchdowns.

CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

FAYETTEVILLE 31, BENTONVILLE 20

Fayetteville 0 7 14 10 — 31

Bentonville 7 0 7 6 — 20

First quarter

Bent — Wallace 2 run (Wade kick), 3:03

Second quarter

Fay — Gahagans 1 run (Starr kick), 4:59

Third quarter

Fay — Allen 12 run (Starr kick), 6:59

Fay — Dennis 42 interception return (Starr kick), 6:42

Bent — Gneiting 7 pass from Dollins (Wade kick), 2:35

Fourth quarter

Fay — FG Starr 23, 10:09

Bent — Jackson 37 pass from Dollins (kick fail),

Fay — Harris 34 interception return (Starr kick), 1:56

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