Football '13 brings joys, heartbreak

John Bland
Publisher

The football season has ended for some, but for others, the season is now reaching its most exciting stage.

While the 2013 football season ended Friday night for the WRHS Bobcats, the Hoxie Mustangs maintained their perfect record as they prepare for the second-round matchup in the state playoffs.

With the win, the Mustangs improved their record to 11-0, and head coach Tom Sears obtained his 100th victory at HHS. Friday night's 3A playoff game against Elkins was a blowout, with Hoxie winning 54-0 and posting 41 points by the half. The Mustangs will host Barton in a second-round of playoffs at Crider Field on Friday at 7 p.m. I don't know about this year's team, but Barton is traditionally a football powerhouse.

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Coach Larry Treadway, his coaching staff and the Bobcats ended their season with a very respectable and solid 6-5 record. This record included Friday night's 36-28 loss to the Conway Christian Eagles in the first round of the 2A state football playoffs Friday night at Sexton Field.

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For our northern neighbors and former Thanksgiving Day rivals, the Pocahontas Redskins, this season has had more than its share of sadness. The Redskins mourned their longtime coach, Dave Williams, who died last week following a short battle with cancer. In his 32nd year as head coach of the Redskins, Williams was only able to be on the sidelines for one game this season, the third-week game against Corning, reported the Pocahontas Star Herald. In honor of Williams, the Bobcats wore black emblems on the helmets Friday night. In June, the Redskins also mourned the loss of football standout, P.K. Kirk, who died in a traffic accident prior to his senior year.

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The Arkansas State University Red Wolves earned bowl eligibility with their 38-21 win over Texas State Saturday night in Jonesboro. ASU is now 6-4 overall with a 4-1 Sun Belt Conference record.

An exciting development in the past week is the plan to organize an Arkansas State University Pack Club in Lawrence County in conjunction with the Red Wolves Foundation. Adam Staples of Walnut Ridge, an alum of the university, is spearheading the formation of a new Pack Club.

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The Arkansas Razorbacks will face Mississippi State Saturday in Little Rock for an 11:21 a.m. game. Coach Bret Bielema and the team will be attempting to break a seven-game losing streak, in this transitional year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Wally Hall writes that the Hogs need a great crowd for Saturday's game to send a message to recruits about fan base and loyalty and that the only other thing Bielema needs is time.

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