McGehee faces ‘tall task’ against Hamburg

The McGehee Owls didn’t schedule a scrimmage this year, so the team will need to make adjustments on the fly in their season opener.

Those adjustments will have to come against a very good team as McGehee faces Hamburg at 5:30 p.m. today at Golden Lion Stadium.

“They have a lot of speed,” Owls head coach Marcus Haddock said of the Lions. “They’re very well coached by coach (Mike) Cox and they have a lot of size.

“We don’t match-up well with them at all.”

Hamburg, an 8-4A member that was picked No. 9 in the preseason by Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine, has an offense that McGehee couldn’t stop this summer.

“They’ve got a great quarterback with a great arm,” Haddock said. “He beat us twice this summer in 7-on-7 drills.

“They spread it out well, so it’s going to be a tall task.”

McGehee’s passing attack will likely be key, even though Haddock considers the Owls, members of the 6-3A Conference, a “running football team.”

“Our play-action has got to work,” Haddock said. “We can’t just pass it; we have to be successful at passing it.

“Otherwise, they’re just going to stick 10 in the box and stuff the run every time.”

Sophomore Brasfield to

lead Stuttgart in opener

Stuttgart’s quest for a 4A state championship repeat will begin where last year ended — literally.

The Ricebirds open the season against Central Arkansas Christian at 7:30 tonight at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, which is the same field they beat Ozark 28-7 on for the state championship.

Sophomore Malik Brasfield will hope to follow in the shoes of graduated senior Dontrell Brown, who led the Ricebirds to the state title last season.

“He earned the spot,” Stuttgart head coach Billy Elmore said of Brasfield. “He earned a shot.

“We’ll get to see how he performs under the bright lights, because it doesn’t get much bigger than starting off your high school career at War Memorial.”

Heading into the game, it appears to be a clash of two very different offenses.

“They’re a spread, no-huddle hurry up offense,” Elmore said of CAC. “… We’re kind of a possession offense.

“We use a power running game with some play-action.”