Tonight, the hometown Hope Bobcats welcome their longtime school rivals' Magnolia Panthers for the final regular season football game in 5A South Conference play at Hammons Stadium for week 10 of gridiron competition.
Tonight, the hometown Hope Bobcats welcome their longtime school rivals' Magnolia Panthers for the final regular season football game in 5A South Conference play at Hammons Stadium for week 10 of gridiron competition. The Cats are looking to avoid another winless season and capture victory to build momentum and end year 2017 on a high note.
It's no love-hate relationship between these two schools as each time they step onto the field, the hype and aggression comes into play. Last season, the Bobcats suffered an 55-12 loss on the Panthers field. The last trip Magnolia made to Hammons Stadium, the Bobcats posted an dominant win over the Panthers 62-21 in 2015. Tonight, the Bobcats hope to bring some intensity and strong play on both sides of the football for victory on senior night.
The Bobcats senior football players have competed strong and well throughout their careers and during this current season. They've seek victories as Bobcat football players during their sophomore seasons and have had tough years their junior and now senior years without a win. With the injury bug hitting the team very effectively this season, the Cats haven't had much depth for battle to finish strong in games.
Last week, the Cats were very limited to the number of players available and lost a tough contest to White Hall, 51-14.
Hope football head coach Jay Turley knew how tough and challenging this year's been for the entire team. Despite coming up short of victory, Turley continues remain pleased by how hard the Cats come out to compete, being a short-handed team for battle.
After last week's loss to White Hall, Turley said, "We were just out-matched and only had 27 kids dressed out. But the kids played hard. White Hall had a lot more kids to play and bigger, which was pretty obvious. We're playing a lot more younger kids this year and just want them to think they can win a game," Turley said.
Tonight, the challenge remains for the Bobcats to have a hungry taste to win as the Magnolia comes into their final conference game with one win in league play against Hot Springs and defeating Crossett in their season-opener for non-conference play.
In the previous weeks of battle, the Bobcats have shown improvement to progress and the seniors will be more than fired up to close out the season victorious in the final performing in a Bobcat football uniform at Hammons Stadium.
Magnolia will have a ground attack ready with a strong running backs to execute out the flexbone offense formation. Defensively, the Panthers look to defend in the 4-3, which is what the Cats are very familiar to face in battles over the seasons.
As always, the Cats look for a nice big crowd to fill up the stands at Hammons Stadium on senior night with all the fall sport athletes, cheerleaders and band members to be recognized during pregame ceremonies on the Bank of the Ozarks Field. Kickoff set at 7 p.m.
5A South Conference Standings
Watson Chapel (6-0 in conf., 7-2 overall)
HS Lakeside (5-1 in conf., 5-4 overall)
De Queen (4-2 in conf., 5-4 overall)
Camden Fairview (4-2 in conf., 4-5 overall)
White Hall (3-3 in conf., 6-3 overall)
Magnolia (1-5 in conf., 2-7 overall)
Hot Springs (1-5 in conf., 1-8 overall)
Hope (0-6 in conf., 0-9 overall)
2017 Friday Night Lights 5A South Conference Week 10 Schedule
Magnolia at HOPE
Camden-Fairview at Watson Chapel
Hot Springs Lakeside at Hot Springs
White Hall at De Queen