First, Greenbrier Coach Randy Tribble said an emphatic “No,” then he couldn’t help but play around a little with the rumor.
“But tell them he’s going to play and he’s going to throw it 75 times,” he added quickly.
The rumor is that Neal Burcham, the Greenbrier Panthers’ star quarterback, will play Friday night in Pioneer Stadium against the Batesville Pioneers in a Class 5A State Playoff football game.
Seniors Ryan Coles and Terrance Robinson, the only veterans in the Batesville Pioneers’ defensive line, will always play together in one coach’s memory.
“After Matthew Showalter ran that fumble back for a touchdown and then Wynne drove back down and was threatening to score, Terrance made the last tackle — sacking Wynne’s quarterback and ending the threat,” Batesville Coach Stuart Smith said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “And then against Beebe last year, Ryan and Terrance combined to sack the quarterback on Beebe’s last play.”
The Pioneer Athletic Booster Club is organizing a campaign to support the Batesville High School football team’s efforts in the postseason, according to a news release from the club.
It is asking business owners and individuals to decorate the exterior of their businesses and homes with messages of encouragement and support for the Pioneers and to wear the “Orange and Black any day of the week; not just on Fridays.”
We knew it was just a matter of time, and we didn’t think it would take 23 years.
It happened, though, this past weekend when Dottie Dodson and Paul Glover finished tied atop the “Guard Grid Picks.”
We started this fun little football pick ’em contest back in 1989. That’s the only other time that more than one name is listed beside the year, and that happened only because Mike Smith stepped in for Janet Welch, his fellow advertising department worker, when she moved away with her family for her husband’s new place of employment.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino says running back Knile Davis will not play this weekend when the No. 6 Razorbacks host Mississippi State.
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said Tuesday that Davis, who suffered what was described as a season-ending ankle injury in August, was practicing. Running backs coach Tim Horton said Davis was close to being ready to play.
Petrino says Davis has been practicing for “around three weeks” but hasn’t been cleared to play. He says Davis still needs to have some “hardware” removed from his surgically repaired ankle.
IMBODEN — The Izard County Cougars dominated in the second and third quarters here Tuesday night and posted a 59-48, 1A 2-North District basketball victory over the Sloan-Hendrix Greynounds.
After a 10-10 first quarter, the Cougars outscored the ’Hounds 21-9 and 20-9 the next two quarters.
Trenton Hatman led the winners with 23 points and five steals. Chris King snared a game-high eight rebounds.
CAVE CITY — Monday night’s slate of basketball games at Cave City will be one short of those originally scheduled.
“We had Riverview scheduled for four games, but they are bringing only three teams so we have dropped the junior girls game,” said Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The night’s action was originally slated to start at 4 p.m. but with only three teams playing, things will get under way at 5 instead. The junior boys will play first, followed by the senior girls and senior boys games.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s talented, veteran secondary is prepared for a rare sight in the Southeastern Conference — a true pass-happy offense.
The Bulldogs (5-5, 1-5 SEC) visit sixth-ranked Arkansas (9-1, 5-1) on Saturday with the Razorbacks averaging a league-leading 311.3 passing yards per game — more than 60 yards better than Tennessee, which is second.
Mississippi State’s Corey Broomfield said stopping the Razorbacks will certainly be a challenge, but it’s also a welcome change from the power running games so common in the SEC this season.
JONESBORO (AP) — Anthony Downing came off the bench to score 15 points and lead Missouri State to a 77-46 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Downing made six of eight shots, including three 3-pointers, for the Bears (2-0).
Caleb Patterson scored 14 points, Michael Bizoukas 11 and Kyle Weems 10 for Missouri State, which enjoyed a 31-6 margin in bench scoring and a 41-36 rebounding advantage.
Malcoln Kirkland had 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Red Wolves (0-2), who dropped their home opener. Trey Finn added 13 points.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Running back Knile Davis is practicing with No. 6 Arkansas again, offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said Tuesday.
Davis, a junior, suffered what was described as a season-ending ankle injury in the preseason. It was unclear whether he would return to a game this season.
“I don’t get to make those decisions, so I try to stay out of stuff I don’t have anything to do with,” McGee said.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs senior high basketball teams swept Batesville in season-opening games for the visitors here Tuesday night.
The Panthers won 51-49 as Austin Brown scored 25 and John Price fired in 23. The Lady Panthers won 36-24 as Magen LaRose hit for 16 points.
The Pioneers fought back from a 15-7 deficit after one quarter of play. The Panthers led 24-21 at halftime and the score was tied at 39 going into the fourth quarter. The Pioneers led briefly early in the fourth quarter.