MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mark Martin senses that this is going to be a good week for him as he continues chasing Jimmie Johnson and the NASCAR season championship he so covets.
If he’s right, it would only add to what has been an emotional ride for the 50-year-old Martin, who has largely discarded his curmudgeonly shell in his return to full-time racing with Hendrick Motorsports and shown a softer, even somewhat sappy side on a regular basis.
Robert Hall’s game-winning goal late in the second half gave the Lyon College Scots a 1-0 victory over the Williams Baptist Eagles Wednesday in a boggy nonconference match at Huser Field.
Hall’s goal, his third of the season, sailed past WBC goalkeeper Lance Cummings. Daniel Young got the assist in the 81st minute.
“It was a game where our opponent committed to putting as many people behind the ball as possible,” Scot Coach Brett Parker said. “We showed some resilience and finally broke through.”
This time, it’s survival time for both teams.
When the Greene County Tech Eagles visit the Batesville Pioneers Friday night, they will represent half of the teams tied for second in the 5A-East District high school football standings.
The Wynne Yellowjackets and West Helena Cougars are the other two teams with 3-2 district marks.
The Blytheville Chickasaws are 2-3 and not out of the mix. The Forrest City Mustangs lead with a 5-0 district record.
The Cave City-at-Earle junior high football game which was scheduled for tonight has been forfeited by the Junior Bulldogs due to a lack of players, Cave City Coach Travis Stewart said.
The coach received a call from Earle’s athletic director around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Injuries, illness and unwilling participants are the culprits. The Junior Bulldogs began the season with 29 players. Only three showed up for practice Tuesday.
The Junior Cavemen are credited with the win, their only one this season. They finished 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the Class 3A-3 District.
The Cave City Cavemen and Hoxie Mustangs are set to meet Friday night for a 3A-3 District high school football showdown.
Four teams are 4-1 in the district standings. Hoxie is a game behind at 3-2. If Hoxie beats Cave City, it would hold the tie-breaker unless the Cavemen can get by Earle in week 10. Only four 3A-3 teams advance to the state playoffs.
“It’s sad that we have to go at least 8-2 (overall) to make the playoffs,” Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said. “Unfortunately, there will be a good team in our conference sitting at home come playoff time.”
A good happening or two in the early going would be helpful to either of the junior high teams playing their season finale Thursday night in Lepanto, East Poinsett County’s coach said.
“We’re in the same boat,” Brian Weathers said of his Junior Warriors and the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves. “Both teams are extremely young and both teams have struggled, so some early success would be important.”
The Junior Warriors are 2-4-1 overall and in the 2A-3 District. The Junior T-wolves are 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the district.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville High junior varsity football team suffered its only loss of the season when it fell 32-19 to Mountain Home here Monday night.
Batesville’s only lead came in the first quarter when Colten Bailey passed to Garrett Yeager for 11 yards and a touchdown, and Roberto Jimenez’s point-after kick made the score 7-6.
Batesville’s other scores came when Corbett Courtney ran 11 yards for a TD and Bailey passed to Frank Ramirez for 20 yards and a TD. A kick and a pass failed on the PATs.
The Pioneer jayvees finished 6-1.
If the weather allows, the Batesville Junior Pioneers will be playing for the 5A-East District championship Thursday night in Paragould as they visit the Greene County Tech Junior Eagles.
A win will clinch at least a share of the title. Batesville holds a 1-game lead and the tie-breaker over it’s nearest conference contenders. West Helena is set to visit Pioneer Stadium next week and is not in the title hunt.
It’s been a few years since the Junior Pioneers’ last district championship and one member of the coaching staff is especially hoping the squad can grab the hardware.
Five Lyon College Pipers earned nine or more kills and four were credited with 10 or more digs in a 3-2 victory over the Union University Bulldogs on Monday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference barn-burner at Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon (10-19, 4-5) won 23-25, 25-16, 25-22, 16-25, 17-15, and ended a 5-match losing streak. Union (23-5, 7-5) had won six of its last seven.
BLYTHEVILLE — We will see if they can keep the rhythm, but the Batesville Pioneers found a winning beat in the second half here Friday night.
After a strange and sudden twist left them down 7-6 at halftime, the Pioneers rallied twice to post a 21-13 high school football victory over the Blytheville Chickasaws.
Batesville Coach Dave King anticipated the question and answered before it was asked: “That was not just the best half of football we’ve played this season, it’s the best we’ve played in a long time.”
Jhessica Martins knocked down a game-high 19 kills and teammate Ann-Katherine Kuehorn blasted 13 more in Martin Methodist’s 3-1 defeat of the Lyon College Pipers Friday night in a TranSouth Athletic Conference match on homecoming at Becknell Gymnasium.
Martin Methodist won 19-25, 25-23, 25-13 and 25-22. The Pipers (9-19 overall, 3-5 TranSouth) have lost five straight and dropped their last two conference games. Martin Methodist (13-11, 4-8) broke a 2-game slide against Lyon College and halted a 3-game losing streak overall.
Stephen Dallas, Sean O’Toole and Gabriel LeBlanc scored two goals apiece and the Lyon College Scots tied a school record for goals in a 10-0 shutout victory over Rust College on Saturday during Homecoming at Huser Field.
The Scots (8-4-0) snapped a 2-game losing streak with the triumph and shut out an opponent for the fifth time this season. Lyon’s 10-goal output equaled the school record originally set on Oct. 3, 2006 in a 10-2 road win over Williams Baptist College.