Star City not taking winless Monticello lightly


Although Monticello has not a won game this year, Star City (2-1) head coach Jett Furneaux said he is not taken them lightly.

“They did it to us last year,” Furneaux said. “They were supposed to have a down year and they beat us.

“Nobody has a record now. Its 0-0 and its every man for himself.”

Last year, the Billies beat a previous unbeaten Bulldogs 28-27. Monticello (0-3) hasn’t started 0-4 in more than 30 years. The Billies lost 14-7 to Fordyce last week.

Monticello had a 7-0 after the first quarter, but gave up a touchdown in the second and third quarter to lose its third straight game.

Star City lost 21-7 to Booneville last week after having trouble getting anything going offensively. The Bulldogs had just 164 total yards of offense and were just 18 of 30 passing including 10 drops.

Furneaux said five of those drops came on third down.

“So that stalled drives, and they have the type of offense that keeps the ball away from you,” Furneaux said of Booneville. “We limited ourselves to a number of possessions and the time we had the ball.”

Star City’s Austin Capps led the defense with 17 tackles and Cody Hampton had nine tackles.

“We had a good week of practice this week; we just have to go out and and execute,” Furneaux said. “We have to move the ball on offense.

“Our defense played well last week; we just put them in some bad situations.”

Southwest Christian at Ridgway Christian

Ridgway head coach Trent Young expects to see a totally different program tonight when it hosts Southwest Christian at home.

“After we beat them pretty good at their place (in the first game of the season),” Young said. “I know they will be ready and they don’t want to go through that again when they come down and play us (tonight).”

Ridgway (2-0) defeated SCA 46-8 in the season opener. SCA is the defending Arkansas Association of Christian Schools state champion after they defeating Ridgway in the title game last year.

“Things fell well for us in the first game and we had some big runs and they didn’t tackle well,” Young said. Young said the only drawbacks of the first game was the penalties, which has been corrected since.

“They were way down against Mount Olive (La.),” Young said. “We are just working hard on the fundamentals this week, just like any other team.”

The Eagles defeated Mount Olive Christian 46-0 last week in Ridgway’s first-ever home football game. Cody Andersen had 12 carries for about 135 yards with four touchdowns, while his twin brother Jacob had 11 carries for just over 100 yards with two touchdowns.

Crossett at Warren

After a horrific nonconference schedule, the Warren Lumberjacks (0-3) may have finally caught a break by starting their conference schedule when they host Crossett (1-2) tonight.

The winless Lumberjacks hung with Fayetteville, Camden Fairview and Pulaski Academy the past three weeks, but eventually turnovers and injuries proved too costly. Lumberjack running back Kilay Cox and quarterback Drake Jones are among those injured.

Because of negative-yardage plays, sacks and bad snaps, the Lumberjacks ran for just 9 yards in last week’s 25-point loss to Camden Farirview.

Dollarway shut out Crossett 36-0 last week.

Rison at Parkers Chapel

The biggest concern for Rison (1-2) head coach Clay Totty this week is Parkers Chapel’s inconsistency.

“They cause concern because they are up and down,” Totty said. “When they are playing well, they look good.

“We got to be steady and consistent and withstand their highs.”

Totty said Parkers Chapel (1-2) has some good running backs and Rison will have to focus on “taking advantage of (Parkers Chapel’s) lulls.”

Rison defeated Parkers Chapel 48-14 last year. The Wildcats had a block punt and ran a kickoff for a touchdown.

“We stole a lot of possessions from them last year,” Totty said.

Rison picked up its first win on the season by defeating rival Woodlawn 39-14 at home.

“I think it was big for the kids,” Totty said. “We had lost to two pretty good teams, but they see it as 0-2.

“It was good to go out and get that win.”

Rison ran for 426 yards in the victory over the Bears. Senior Zuntario Oliver led the Wildcats with 197 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries.

Stuttgart at Batesville Southside

The Stuttgart Ricebirds (1-2) are hoping to carry their momentum into tonight following a 14-0 win over Dumas. Tyle Luster carried the ball 23 times for 137 yards with a touchdown as Stuttgart avoided starting 0-3 for the first time since 1991.

Stuttgart, the defending 2-4A Conference co-champ and 4A state champion, has never lost to Batesville Southside, outscoring the Southerners 318-28 the past seven seasons.

Southside (1-2) has lost consecutive games to Mountain View and Melbourne by a combined 12 points.

The Southerners have won four games each of the past two seasons, compared with just eight wins the previous five years.

Southside senior quarterback Drew Moss, who returned this fall, had 1,041 yards with nine touchdowns in 2012 despite missing the last four games with a blood clot.

Southside lost 40-0 to Stuttgart last season.

Sheridan at Lake Hamilton

At the beginning of the season, head coach Louis Campbell knew Sheridan would face a difficult stretch of games, especially once the Yellowjackets (1-2) entered conference play.

After giving up a combined 96 points the last two weeks to Arkadelphia and White Hall, Sheridan will travel to Pearcy as the Yellowjackets face a dangerous Lake Hamilton.

The Wolves defeated Marion 41-14 last week, thanks to senior quarterback Nathan Sawrie, who finished 8-of-14 for 183 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to senior Trevor Mittelstadt.

Sawrie also ran seven times for 114 yards last week.

In the 40-14 loss to White Hall, Sheridan turned the ball over five times. They were led by Dustin Reid ,who finished 8-of-19 for 85 yards with an interception.

Braden Lunday had 15 carries for 61 yards with a touchdown. Lunday has scored at least one touchdown in every game.

McGehee at Camden Harmony Grove

McGehee (1-2) is still trying to find its rhythm offensively as the Owls prepare to face Camden Harmony Grove tonight.

Last week, the Owls turned the ball over six times in a 22-7 loss to DeWitt. Camden Harmony Grove (1-2) is coming off its first win of the year after defeating Arkansas Baptist 26-13. Senior Zamarquus Gentry ran 17 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Jacob Ledbetter generated 123 yards and a touchdown, while junior running back Aaron Autrey ran 13 times for 84 yards.

In McGehee’s only win of the season, junior quarterback Tabor McGraw threw two touchdown passes, including a 44-yarder to sophomore tight end Jayse Snider as the Owls defeated Dumas in Week 2.

Harmony Grove totaled 386 yards, including 218 passing, in last season’s 39-35 win at McGehee. McGehee went on to win the 6-3A and reach the playoff quarterfinals.

Lake Village at Dumas

Lake Village’s 46-6 win over Drew Central last week was its first since beating the Pirates a year ago. The Beavers have won just five games since 2010.

Dumas is 0-3 for the second straight season after losing 14-0 to Stuttgart last week.

Genoa Central at Fordyce

Fordyce (3-0) finished its nonconference schedule undefeated following last week’s 14-7 win over Monticello.

Jabiez Sledge scored both of the Redbugs’ touchdowns thanks to a 27-yard touchdown pass to Gary Cross and scoring on a 3-yard run in the third quarter.

Sledge finished with 19 carries for 72 yards. Genoa Central (0-3) has lost its first three games by a combined 66 points. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Bearden at Woodlawn

Woodlawn (1-2) running back Jeffery Jones ran 20 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 39-14 loss to Rison.

In the 13-8 loss to Junction City, Bearden (1-2) was led by junior quarterback Jamond Young who finished with 160 yards and for another 72 with a touchdown.

Woodlawn is coached by first year head coach Zach Branch, who was the defense coordinator under coach Ray Sessions before taking over the reigns this fall. Lack of numbers and experience has been an issue for the Bears this season. Their only win was over the Norphlet JV, after Norphlet forfeited its varsity football program.

Prescott at Drew Central

It doesn’t get any easier this week for Drew Central (0-3) as it hosts 6-3A Conference member Prescott (1-2) tonight in Monticello.

Lake Village defeated Drew Central 46-6 last week for the Pirates’ 25th straight loss. Drew Central has yet to win a game under third-year head coach James White.