The Spring Hill Bears return to the gridiron for 7-2A Conference play tonight on the road to face the Mountain Pine Red Devils.
The Spring Hill Bears return to the gridiron for 7-2A Conference play tonight on the road to face the Mountain Pine Red Devils. Last year, the Bears didn't get the chance to face Mt. Pine due to forfeiting their games, but are back this season and thus far have caught the attention of the conference.
The Red Devils had a good athletic junior high group last year and they've helped bring some early season success to their football program. At the beginning of the season, the Red Devils were picked to finish eighth in the conference voted by league coaches in preseason predictions by Hooten's Arkansas Football. Thus far, the Red Devils only have one loss through six weeks of football action and currently tied for first place in a three-way team situation with Foreman and defending Class 2A state champion Mt. Ida at 3-0 in conference.
The Bears are coming off a tough home loss to Mt. Ida last week 57-7, but know this week's competitor will be a challenge and a needed win to stay alive for postseason action.
Spring Hill head football coach Matt McBride knows the focus this season is to make the playoffs. McBride continues to preach the emphasis and importance to his Bears on making the playoffs this season. The Bears have battled two of the toughest teams in the conference of Foreman and Mt. Ida, and know each game from here will be key in order to stand as one of five top teams in the conference to qualify for the playoffs in Class 2A.
The Red Devils have shown they're a competitor with big conference wins against Dierks 42-12, Mineral Springs 40-38 and Murfreesboro 61-40 last week. With momentum steady rolling in their favor from winning their previous five games and the only loss on Sept. 1 for the Red Devils, McBride knows the Bears must come with a high focus to execute effectively on both sides of the football in this key road battle.
Offensively, the Red Devils are very productive in their ground game in the Wing-T. They average nearly 300 yards rushing and have scored majority of touchdowns from the ground attack this season.
The Bears have been able to make plays to score this season and defended well in their conf. victory against Lafayette County. McBride needs the Bears to start the game well and not have to rally back from a deficit like a good team of Mt. Pine. Despite a tough loss last week at home to the defending Class 2A state champs' Mt. Ida, McBride looks for his Bears to regroup and have a hungry taste to win on the road to hand the Red Devils their first conf. loss of the season and spoil the night on Friday the 13th for week 7 of high school football.
Kickoff at 7 p.m., in Mt. Pine.
7-2A Conference Standings
Mount Ida (3-0 in conf., 6-0 overall)
Foreman (3-0 in conf., 5-0 overall)
Mountain Pine (3-0 in conf., 5-1 overall)
Lafayette County (1-2 in conf., 1-5 overall)
Spring Hill (1-2 in conf., 2-4 overall)
Mineral Springs (1-2 in conf., 1-5 overall)
Dierks (0-3 in conf., 0-6 overall)
Murfreesboro (0-3 in conf., 0-6 overall)
2017 Friday Night Lights 7-2A Conference Week 7 Schedule October 13
SPRING HILL at Mt. Pine
Lafayette County at Dierks
Murfreesboro at Mineral Springs
Foreman at Mt. Ida