Despite weather, Dollarway's right on schedule


Nothing has changed for the Dollarway Cardinals.

Last week, the Arkansas Activities Association postponed the state playoffs due to the expected weather, which hit in two waves over the weekend.

But for the Cardinals, it is like nothing has changed. They are sticking to the same schedule they have all year as if nothing happened.

“It’s equal,” head coach Cortez Lee said. “We are ready to play. If we played last Friday, we would have been ready then.

“We are doing the exact things that we have been doing all year. The same practice, the same schedule, it just happened to be push back a week.

“We aren’t really going to change.”

Lee knows that Booneville is going through some of the same challenges this week as both teams prepare for the 4A state semifinals. Lee’s concern is not focused on the break or the weather but Booneville as it should be.

“Making sure we understand their scheme and the things they like to do well,” Lee said. “And forming a strategy to combat that.

“They are a run-first team and put forth good effort.”

Booneville won the 4-4A conference title this season, blasting league playoff teams Dardanelle, Maumelle, Mena and Pottsville by an average of 43-12, and the Bearcats beat Clinton, Hamburg and Lincoln in the playoffs.

Cody Harrell leads undefeated Bonneville with 1,039 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Junior fullback Bryson May has 1,174 yards and 24 scores this fall.

Booneville won state titles in 1986 and 2000 and finished as runner-up four times since 1978.

The weather did force Dollarway inside on Thursday, but Lee said Thursdays are usually a light day anyways.

“We got some conditioning in and walk through our offense and defense,” Lee said. “It would have been the same thing that we would have done outside.”

Lee said they also watched some film and other preparations knowing they might not have school last Friday.

Friday’s game is still scheduled to be played at Golden Lion Stadium on the campus of Arkansas-Pine Bluff with a kickoff time of 7 p.m.

Dollarway defeated former conference opponent Star City, 36-0, on Nov. 29 to advance to the semifinals.