Warren, Monticello clash in annual rivalry


Warren continues to dominate in conference play and head coach Bo Hembree connects the dominance to his team consistently improving.

“We’re getting better and we’re continuing to get better each week and if we do that then we’ll come out and win,” Hembree said.

Tonight’s game between Monticello and Warren is known as the annual “Saline River Shootout.” Both teams are coming off big wins matched with both teams having recording an interception return for a touchdown.

Monticello defeated Crossett 30-14 while Warren man handled Dewitt 56-13. And while this may be considered as a crosstown rivalry, Hembree acknowledges the hype behind this match up.

“It’s a big rivalry and we’re 15 miles away,” said Hembree. “The kids from both team know each other so you can throw all the records out the window because it’s going to be a good rivalry game.”

Sheridan at Little Rock Fair

Both teams in this game are still seeking their first conference win. Pine Bluff initiated a AAA 35-point sportsmanship rule against Fair as the Eagles lost 35-8 and Sheridan was shutout by Bryant last week 49-0.

Last year, Sheridan defeated Fair 49-24 but Sheridan head coach Louis Campbell is not quick to believe that history will repeat itself.

“We’re not quite as good as were last year and they better are better this year than they were last year so it’s a toss up,” Campbell said.

The Yellowjackets have not scored a touchdown in the pass three weeks.

“We have to not turn the ball over,” Campbell said. “We have to not make any penalties so we can be in scoring position.”

Bearden at Rison

Bearden travels to Rison tonight and will bring a balanced offense.

Rison head coach Clay Totty coaches an exceptional defensive line and feels they will be a key to win the game.

“We need them a factor,” Totty said. “We need them to be real active. (Bearden) can run and pass although they like to run more.

“Our defense will have to do a good job at containing the quarterback.”

Bearden junior quarterback has amased 1,300 yards in total offense and will go up against Rison’s defensive line in seniors Tristian Ward, Terrell Golden, junior Kick Macon and sophomore Chris Leaks. All four players combine for 18 tackles for loss, nine sacks and three fumble recoveries.

While the defense dominates for the Wildcats, it’s the offense that Totty claims will be the X-factor in tonight’s game.

“Our offensive line will have to play hard and we will have to win the turnover battle,” Totty said.

Star City at Lake Village

Star City’s ground game has come alive in the past few games and it’s defense made a statement in last week’s 37-14 homecoming win against Dumas.

One of the highlights of the matchup was junior Dajunn Harris interception return for a touchdown.

“We were able to run the ball and the defense played well and we did good special teams,” Star City head coach Jeff Furneaux said.

“We struggled in the first half but we came out in second half with Tony Matthews reverse for a 66-yard touchdown,” Furneaux said.

Now the Bulldogs takes on Lake Village, a team that has not won a conference game since defeating Dewitt in Week 5. As for taking on an opponent that has been struggling this season, Furneaux believes that a team should not be distracted this late in the season.

“You try to stay focused and not deviate from what you’ve been doing,” Furneaux said. “They’re a physical team and at this point in the season you have to play at a high level because the teams that want to play the longest will play the longest.”