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Weather puts damper
on start of season

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The most dominant player in high school football so far this season hasn't been a Bobcat or a Mustang, but rather Mother Nature.

Severe thunderstorms with heavy lightning moved across Northeast Arkansas Friday, forcing the postponement or cancellation of several high school football games scheduled for that evening. Many of the contests were played on Saturday, while others were cancelled outright.

Among the games affected were the home openers by both Lawrence County teams. The Hoxie Mustangs were scheduled to take on Riverview at Crider Field, while across town, Walnut Ridge's Bobcats were hoping to face DeWitt at Sexton Field. Both of these contests were cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Last week, some area senior high football games scheduled for Aug. 31 were moved up a day due to the fear of heavy rains moving into the area. Hoxie's opener at Trumann was one of the games moved up to Aug. 30, while the junior high game between Hoxie and Trumann, originally scheduled to be played at Hoxie that evening, was moved to Trumann as part of a junior high-senior high doubleheader.

Teams from Walnut Ridge and Hoxie are scheduled to be in action again this week.

On Thursday, Walnut Ridge's junior Bobcats will host 2A-3 conference foe McCrory, while Hoxie's junior high team will be on the road to face new 3A-3 Conference member Osceola. Both games are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.

In Friday's senior high action, Hoxie will travel to Cave City for a non-conference showdown with the Cavemen. The starting time for this game has been moved up to 7 p.m. Walnut Ridge will open its home schedule by hosting Westside at Sexton Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Weather permitting, of course.

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