The hometown Hope Bobcats make their return home for 5A South Conference football action hosting Camden-Fairview Cardinals tonight for week 8 of high school football Friday night lights at Hammons Stadium.

The hometown Hope Bobcats make their return home for 5A South Conference football action hosting Camden-Fairview Cardinals tonight for week 8 of high school football Friday night lights at Hammons Stadium.

The Cats are coming off a better team production from their loss on the road against Hot Springs Lakeside last week. Despite the loss, the Bobcats managed to make productive plays of scoring and competed in all four quarters according to Hope football head coach Jay Turley.

Tonight, the Bobcats will be up against an athletic Camden-Fairview Cardinals squad with two key conference wins against White Hall and Magnolia. The Cardinals came up short to De Queen last Friday night 24-21 and heads to Hope looking for victory, but have lost their last to battles to the Bobcats at Hammons Stadium 2013 and 2015 seasons.

Turley was very pleased by how the Cats continued to compete and executed to score points on the scoreboard against Lakeside, but they're still without a victory and hopes returning home will provide a needed spark to perform well in front of the hometown fans.

Turley said Camden-Fairview is good defensively and very fast and offensively give teams fits by their passing game and will be important his Cats don't allow big plays.

The Cardinals defeated the Cats 42-21 in Camden last season, but Camden-Fairview knows their opponent for week 8 is determined to break into the win column to seek redemption.

The Cats had a good week of practice in preparation for their conf. bout with the Cardinals. The spirits of the Cats were high and Turley knows they're ready to showcase a better performance at home as haven't all season.

"We've had a good practices all week, but short due to some injuries of some of our guys. They feel better about how they competed last week but still disappointed they're losing. They competed for all four quarters but just trying to keep competing. The kids feel better coming back home and hadn't played well at home, so it's a challenge for them to play better in front of the home town fans," Turley said.

The Cats are expected to be without players Chris Haywood, David Dixon, Christian Lowe and Latron Hawkins all injured for depth to factor, but Turley feels confident his troops will come ready to battle and compete.

The last time the Cardinals have pulled out a win at Hammons Stadium was 2011 and the Cats hope to keep them from seeking victory on the Bank of the Ozarks Field for 2017 as well for their first win of the season.

Kickoff set at 7 p.m., at Hammons Stadium.

 

5A South Conference Standings

Watson Chapel (4-0 in conf., 5-2 overall)

HS Lakeside (4-0 in conf., 5-3 overall)

De Queen (3-1 in conf., 4-3 overall)

Camden Fairview (2-2 in conf., 2-5 overall)

Hot Springs (1-3 in conf., 1-6 overall)

White Hall (1-3 in conf., 4-3 overall)

Magnolia (1-3 in conf., 2-5 overall)

Hope (0-4 in conf., 0-7 overall)

 

2017 Friday Night Lights 5A Conference Week 8 Schedule

October 20

Camden-Fairview at HOPE

Magnolia at Watson Chapel

Hot Springs Lakeside at De Queen

White Hall at Hot Springs