PARAGOULD — Before the high school football season started, Paragould Coach Tim Branum said the Rams “will take some lumps this season.”
Wednesday evening, he admitted it’s been rougher than even he expected. The Rams are 0-4 and have been outscored 187-91.
“All of us in this profession try to be optimistic and look for the positives. I’m no different,” he said. “But we knew what the challenges were, but we hoped some of our kids would play better than they have played. Reality hit home pretty quick.”
Clinton at Cave City
Kickoff • tonight 7
Cave City Coach Jon Bradley answered quickly when asked what was the first thing the Junior Cavemen need to accomplish tonight if they are going to knock off the unbeaten Clinton Junior Yellow Jackets. “Limit turnovers. That’s been the emphasis this week and, hopefully, it will pay off,” he said. The 1-2 Junior Cavemen won last week in Marianna despite losing the football six times. Defensively, the Junior Cavemen will have to be sharp in all areas against the 4-0 Junior Jackets.
The Southside Southerners (2-2) travel to Clinton this Friday to face the last season’s 4A-2 District champion Yellow Jackets on the gridiron.
“They are defending conference champs, and they look pretty good on film,” said Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson. “They are a physical team, and they are very well coached.”
The Yellow Jackets finished last season with a 9-2 record. Their losses came to fellow 4A-2 member Heber Springs during the regular season and to Ashdown in the second round of the state playoffs. On their way to the district title, Clinton beat Southside 49-24.
Two unbeaten football teams will visit Guard-circulation area schools for junior high games Thursday night, and one looks really familiar.
The Clinton Junior Yellow Jackets, who pushed their overall record to 4-0 and their 4A-2 District record to 2-0 with a 28-6 victory in Southside about this time last week, heads east again this week to take on the Cave City Junior Cavemen in another district contest.
Two undefeated football teams are set to square off Thursday night in Paragould when the Batesville Junior Pioneers take on the Junior Rams.
The Junior Rams possess victories over Manilia, Corning and MacArthur.
The Junior Pioneers, who opened their season with a tie against Newport, sport wins against Searcy, Mountain Home and Nettleton.
The play of Ram signal caller Dylan Hoggard concerns Batesville Junior High Head Coach Doug Walls because of the quarterback’s ability to gain yards on the ground.
JONESBORO — The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team scored in the final minute here Monday night to remain unbeaten.
A 56-yard, Nick Morton-to-Wesley Rudd pass play provided the winning points in the 33-28 decision over the Nettleton Raiders. The victory brings the Pioneers’ record to 3-0.
After falling behind 8-0, the Pioneers scored 27 unanswered points. The Pioneers’ first score was also a 56-yard Norton-to-Rudd connection early in the second quarter, Norton ran in the 2-point conversion for a tie.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz remained unbeaten with a 30-8 football victory over the Mountain Home Junior Bomber eighth-graders here Monday.
The Junior ’Katz ran their record to 5-0 as halfback Kyle LeBouef scored three touchdowns and quarterback Conor Fogle added a 49-yard TD run. LeBouef’s TD runs were of four, 13 and 28 yards.
LeBouef totaled 130 yards on 17 carries.
NEWARK — The Newport Lady Greyhounds volleyball team beat the Lady Timberwolves 3-0 here Monday.
Newport won 25-23, 25-13, 26-24.
Brittany Wammack (16 for 16 on serves, four aces, four assists, three blocks). Courtney Cummings (seven for nine, six digs, two aces, 2 kills), Allie Terrell (seven for nine six digs, three aces, two assists) and Blair Willis (eight for nine, four assists, three kills, two digs) led the Lady T-wolves on the stat sheet.
STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest Athletic Department is providing a Golden Pass to Hillcrest sports fans 65 years of age and older, according to a news release from the school.
The pass is good for all Hillcrest’s home sporting events, elementary through high school, except for Arkansas Activities Association-sponsored events. Examples of AAA-sponsored events are jamborees, region tournaments and state tournaments.
The passes can be picked up at the high school office.
JONESBORO — The Batesville Lady Pioneers went 0-2 in a tournament bracket of the Arkansas State University Playday event Saturday.
The Mountain Home Lady Bombers defeated the Lady Pioneers 25-20, 18-25, 15-9 and the Paragould Lady Rams blanked the Lady Pioneers 25-20, 25-18.
Against Mountain Home, Jayme Shell led in kills with 13, Kassie Foreman added 12 and Lainey Rumans recorded 25 assists. Defensively, Morgan Huff and Anna Richards chalked up 11 and nine digs, respectively.
The Lyon College Scot volleyball team beat the Philander Smith College Lady Panthers in three sets Monday night in a match at Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon won 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 and improved to 5-10 for the season.
Scot Head Coach Ray Green said he was pleased to get the win in front of a home crowd.
“It’s always great to get a win at home,” Green said. “There were several fans there last night, and we like to put on a show for them.”
Devan Walker and Kaylee Belcher each recorded 10 digs for the Scots.