Mt. Olive Christian (La.) at Ridgway Christian
The Ridgway Christian senior high football team has its first-ever home game tonight when it hosts Mt. Olive Christian from Athens, La. beginning at 5 p.m.
“We have a good following on the road and I’ve been real pleased with our crowd,” head coach Trent Young said. “It means a lot, you can feel it, especially in crucial situations.”
Mt. Olive was a last-minute addition to the schedule after a couple schools dropped their football programs. Young knew the head coach at Mt. Olive when he coached at Calvary, so he is sort of familiar with the squad.
“They are an excellent football club this year,” Young said. “They have a couple of Division I players at the noseman and quarterback.”
Mt. Olive agreed to a home-and-home series, so Ridgway will make the trip down to Louisiana at the end of the season.
Ridgway defeated Southwest Christian Academy, the defending state champion, at the beginning of the year but had last week off after Victory Christian dropped out.
“We have had a couple weeks to prepare for (Mt. Olive),” Young said. He said the extra time has been beneficial because it has allowed for a couple players to heal from some minor injuries.
“We had a pretty light week last week and we got after it pretty good this week,” Young said. “We have made some improvements but we still have a couple of depth problems at a couple positions.”
Woodlawn at Rison
After last season’s 1-8 finish and the hiring of new head coach Zach Branch, Woodlawn (1-1) has “completely improved on their offense,” according to Rison head coach Clay Totty.
“(Branch) does a good job,” Totty said. “They are getting their timing down and they improved a lot from Week 1 to Week 2.”
Rison (0-2) owns a 27-1 all-time series lead with Woodlawn’s lone victory (3-0) coming in 1980.
Totty expects the Bears to come over with a lot of emotion.
“They are only 10 miles down the road and they will give us their best shot,” Totty said. “They beat the dog out of Norphlet last week (in junior varsity play) and they looked a whole lot better.”
Rison lost to Junction City, the defending 2A state champion, last week. Zuntario Oliver had 92 yards and a touchdown and Jokenzie Broughton had 86 yards rushing.
Bryson Marks had an interception and a tackle. Jordan Brown recovered a fumble, had two solo tackles and broke up a critical pass on fourth down.
Tristian Ward “played well on the defensive line” and had two solo tackles, two assists and two quarterback pressures.
Last year, Rison picked up its first win of the season with a 34-0 shutout over Woodlawn.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 tonight.
Stuttgart at Dumas
Both Stuttgart (0-2) and Dumas (0-2) are seeking their first win of the 2013 season. Stuttgart, the defending 4A state champions has been a completely different program this fall — giving up 95 points the past two weeks, which is more than the first eight games last season.
Valley View defeated Stuttgart 47-21 last week at home despite the performance of sophomore quarterback Malik Brasfield who was 11 of 15 for 218 yards with two touchdowns.
Jackson Kennedy had a 75-yard touchdown reception.
After losing the Desha County battle last week to McGehee, Dumas is seeking its first nonconference win since defeating Fordyce in 2010.
Dumas lost to Stuttgart 49-13 last year. Stuttgart is looking to avoid its first 0-3 start since 1991.
Fordyce at Monticello
The Fordyce Redbugs (2-0) look to sweep their nonconference schedule Friday night when they travel to face a winless Monticello.
Fordyce has beaten Rison and Crossett by a combined 13 points in the first two weeks, while Monticello (0-2) averages just 14 points a game.
In last week’s 20-8 win over Crossett, Fordyce senior Javeaz Sledge ran six yards for a touchdown and threw for a two-point conversion.
Sophomore Jakeymes Gates returned an interception 50 yards for a score. The Redbugs defeated the Billies 36-0 last year.
Magnolia snapped a 14-game losing streak, dating back to Oct. 14, 2011, with a 17-13 win over Monticello last week.
Monticello’s Omar Simpson rushed for 142 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns.
Camden Fairview at Warren
Despite having to play two power teams in Fayetteville and Pulaski Academy the first two weeks of the season, Warren (0-2) has been able to hold its own for the most part.
But turnovers and injuries have proven to be difference this fall, especially after last week’s 42-30 loss to the Bruins in Little Rock.
Last week, Warren quarterback Drake Jones was 13 of 21 for 255 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Darveon Brown caught eight passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns and Jaylon Marshall caught seven passes for 123 yards.
Pulaski Academy quarterback Tre Bruce — who was filling in for junior Will Hastings — was 25 for 48 for 345 yards and three touchdowns.
Pulaski Academy recovered four onside kicks in the win on Sept. 12.
It won’t be any easier this week as Warren, the defending 8-4A conference champion, will host 5A state champion Camden Fairview (2-0), which hasn’t lost in the regular season since the first week of 2011.
Star City at Booneville
Star City first-year coach Jett Furneaux returns to Bearcat Stadium this week for the first time since the former Bulldog QB lost to the Bearcats 20-14 in overtime in the 1999 quarterfinals.
Furneaux, who coordinated Star City’s offense the past four years, oversees a unit this fall that throws the ball 30 times a game.
Star City sophomore quarterback Tye Brown has passed for 630 yards this season, while junior running back Dajunn Harris paces the Bulldogs with 12 catches for almost 200 yards.
Brown scored three of the Bulldogs’ five touchdowns last week.
Austin Capps, who has a scholarship offer from Arkansas, racked up eight tackles and two sacks in last week’s 35-0 win over Camden Harmony Grove.
Undefeated Booneville applied the 35-point sportsmanship rule to rival Ozark and Gravette the past two weeks. Junior fullback Bryson May has rushed for 254 yards and four TDs this year and has returned a fumble for a touchdown at linebacker.
McGehee at DeWitt
McGehee (1-1) will close out its final nonconference game by traveling to a former conference rival when it faces DeWitt on Friday night.
DeWitt (1-1) notched its first nonconference victory since 2007 with last week’s 31-6 win over Walnut Ridge.
McGehee bounced back from the Week 1 loss to Hamburg by defeating Dumas 18-14 for the Desha County championship. Junior quarterback Tabor McGraw threw two touchdown passes, including a 44-yarder to sophomore Jayse Snider.
Senior running back David Shepard returend a kickoff 64 yards for a score.
The Owls beat DeWitt 21-0 a year ago.
Lake Village at Drew Central
Drew Central’s 24-game losing streak, dating back to 2011, continued last week after falling 45-0 to Palestine Wheatley at home. Lake Village hasn’t won since beating the Pirates 30-0 last year. It was Lake Village’s first win over a team other than Class 2A Marvell since 2010.
Lake Village has won four games since 2010.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.