As the dead week is in full force by the Arkansas Activities Association, the hometown Hope Bobcats completed a series of traveling plans on the road in two 7 on 7 football competitions hosted in Benton and Camden-Fairview last week.

As the dead week is in full force by the Arkansas Activities Association, the hometown Hope Bobcats completed a series of traveling plans on the road in two 7 on 7 football competitions hosted in Benton and Camden-Fairview last week. The Hope Bobcats made their summer debut in 7 on 7 football competition in Benton on Tuesday at Panther Stadium. The Bobcats produced scores in each battle and faced teams' Benton, Camden-Fairview and Lonoke. Other schools participating were Searcy, Palestine, Forrest City, Nashville, Prescott and many more.

Then on last Thursday in the same week, the Bobcats continued more 7 on 7 football competition at Camden-Fairview. On the gridiron in Camden, the Cats finished tourney play 2-2 and faced off against Bearden, Camden Harmony Grove, Strong and Smackover.

With the dead week in effect, the Cats will be off from their summer workouts, but look ahead to a very busy July for their schedule.The Cats look to come back in July to participate in more team camp competitions as they'll keep focusing on strength in the weight room and conditioning for their summer workout schedule. The Cats will be set to continue more traveling plans to work out in team camps hosted at Hot Springs in Spa City and Glen Rose.

Throughout the month, the Cats keep steady progression in workouts with their position coaches and weight lifting exercises heading into another challenging season on the gridiron before fall practice in August.

Hope Bobcats football head coach Jay Turley was pleased how the Cats wrapped up spring drills heading into their summer workout schedule.

Spring practice is used for the upcoming sophomore class players to grasp the new system of performing on the varsity level and Turley knew it would start out slow early. As practices progressed, the underclassman worked their way into the system offensively and defensively where production was productive. The Cats were able to learn and grasp positions well, which they concluded spring practice with positive performances in a scrimmage on the final day. Turley was well satisfied overall how the Cats competed and executed formations and help them be prepared to compete hard and productively for summer camps into fall practice.

Turley commented, "We started really slow with some new faces and just looked inexperienced. The kids had great attitudes for a desire to win. We ended with a high note."

Spring participation numbers were up from last year with around 50 Cats to participate, which shows a positive sign going into the up coming fall football season.

Throughout the first month of their summer workouts, several returning players along with the new additional team members have gotten experience during each camp hosted in Nashville, Magnolia, Benton and Camden.

As tradition, the Cats open football season against longtime arch rivals' Nashville Scrappers Sept. 1 on the road to start their non-conference schedule. They'll continue on the road to Ashdown Sept. 8 and welcome rivals' Class 3A state champions Prescott Sept. 15 for their season home-opener at Hammons Stadium.

The Cats begin 5A South Conference play hosting De Queen Sept. 22 for Homecoming, then travel to Hot Springs Sept. 29, return home to battle Watson Chapel Oct. 6. Hope returns on the road against Hot Springs Lakeside Oct. 13, back home Oct. 20 hosting Camden-Fairview, go to White Hall Oct. 27 and wrap up conference play hosting school rivals' Magnolia Nov. 3 at Hammons Stadium.