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Lumberjacks expect challenge from Dragons


Last week, Warren quarterback Drake Jones completed four touchdown passes and ran for another as the Lumberjacks defeated Dumas 35-14 to remain unbeaten in 8-4A Conference play.

“We just came out on both sides of the ball at a high level. Defensively, we got a lot of stops and three and outs,” Warren coach Bo Hembree said.

With the 4A No. 1-ranked Lumberjacks being on fire in conference play, DeWitt (4-2, 2-1 in 8-4A) will travel to Warren (3-3, 3-0) tonight to give them a challenge.

“Traditionally they’ve always played us tough. Our toughest conference game last year was at DeWitt,” Hembree said.

After a 35-0 loss to Hamburg in the conference opener, the Dragons have bounced back with two consecutive wins, 36-0 against Lake Village and 27-18 against Crossett.

“They’ll line up and run right at us,” Hembree expressed. “Offensively, we have to stay in a rhythm, which was something we couldn’t do at the beginning at the season.”

Clinton at Stuttgart

Both teams lost last week and will look to bounce back with a win. Last week at Newport, the Ricebirds (3-3, 2-1 in 2-4A) were down a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter but eventually ended up losing by 20 points.

“We gave up two big scores on fourth downs that cost us the game,” Stuttgart coach Billy Elmore said.

Clinton’s loss last week was at the hands of Dollarway, 48-7. The Yellowjackets (3-3, 2-1) were almost shut out but managed to score near the end of the game.

It is homecoming night for Stuttgart and Elmore doesn’t see it being a distraction.

“Even though it’s homecoming ,we don’t see it as a big thing,” Elmore said. “Our players will be done with homecoming stuff by 2:30, so by 3, it will be our time to focus on preparing for the game.”

Crossett at Monticello

Monticello (1-5, 1-2 in 8-4A) got its first win of the season last week with a 42-8 victory at Lake Village.

The duo of quarterback Imani Jones and running back Omar Simpson provided a stellar running game for the Billies. Jones rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns and Simpson rushed 85 yards and a touchdown.

“We just tried to simplify things and it amounted to us getting better,” Monticello coach Greg Tiner said. “Our kids seem to understand what we’re doing and they’re playing hard.”

In tonight’s matchup against Crossett (2-4, 1-2), Tiner believes the Eagles defense will pose a challenge but still thinks that his Billies will have the same success as last week.

“We’re going to continue to do things that we can,” Tiner said. “They get after it on defense with a 3-3 stack and they have guys that can come at us from different areas. They do a lot movement which will challenge our line in blocking schemes in the run game and passing game. We have to be sharp.”

Bryant at Sheridan

Sheridan (1-5, 0-3 in 7A/6A-South) has not been able to win a game since Week 1 against Little Rock Hall. The Yellowjackets now have the Hornets (3-3, 2-1) coming to town, coming off a 49-0 win against Little Rock Fair last weekend.

“They’ve (Bryant) been able to mix up plays. They have a good running game as well as a good passing game,” Sheridan coach Louis Campbell said.

Bryant quarterback Brandan Warner was efficient in last week’s win and is one of the players Sheridan will have to key in on to get a win. Warner completed 6 of 7 passes last week for 95 yards.

“They have a good quarterback,” Campbell stated. “We just have to make sure that we don’t give up the big plays.”

McGehee at Fouke

After a 35-0 win last week against Genoa Central, McGehee head coach Marcus Haddock believes that the level of competition will be higher against Fouke (3-3, 0-3 in 6-3A).

“They present a much greater challenge,” Haddock said. “They do two things well: blocking and tackling.”

The Panthers only totaled 201 yards last week in 25-0 defeat to Camden Harmony Grove. The Owls (4-2, 3-0) defeated Camden Harmony Grove 26-0 in Week 4, but Haddock will not approach Fouke lightly.

“We’re going to have to add some things but we don’t want to be too vanilla,” Haddock said. “The vanilla stuff can’t be used to much against them. We have to hit them with some play action.”

Fordyce at Smackover

Fordyce (5-1, 2-1 in 6-3A) lost its first game of the season last week, 22-21 to Prescott. The Redbugs will now have to get back on track against an undefeated Smackover (6-0, 3-0) on the road.

“They’re a little bit bigger than us. We’ve been able to get our skill players in space, so that’ll be what we have to do,” said Fordyce coach Tim Rodgers.

The Buckaroos have been able to dominate their opponents this season for the most part.

“We have to be able to stay in our blocks and give our guys the opportunity to get out in space and make plays,” Rodgers said.

Genoa Central at Drew Central

Both Genoa Central and Drew Central have not won a game this season (both are 0-6 and 0-3 in the 6-3A). Drew Central head coach James White believes that although the Dragons defense can cause confusion, his Pirates will have a chance to attack one of their weaknesses.

“We have to make sure we line up correctly on the defensive side of the ball because they shift a lot,” White said. “They 3-3 stack, so I think we can have success if we can block because they’re not a fast team, so we’re going to try to exploit that.”

Also tonight: Dumas at Star City and Woodlawn at Junction City.