Everyone in the state will be gunning for number one this year. Fayetteville football starts its state title defense Thursday night. But a team from outside Arkansas will have the first opportunity to knock them off their pedestal.
The Bulldogs face Memphis University in Razorback Stadium, a private school ranked 9th overall in the state of Tennessee last year. Fayetteville has its hands full, but they wanted this. Playing tough teams to start the year is a great way to test how good a football team is and how much they have to improve. In the Bulldogs’ eyes this game will only make them better. And they're playing it for a reason.
“Just to prove ourselves,” said senior linebacker Brooks Ellis. “If we win this game it'll be huge for us nationally. They're a great team.”
“We feel like we have a great team coming in to the season and really want to test out what we have,” said senior quarterback Austin Allen. Going up against great teams we want to see how our guys respond, how I respond, how everyone else responds. It’s just a good test all around and we're excited for it.”
Fayetteville will be the second game in Razorback Stadium Thursday. Siloam Springs starts its first season in the 6A, playing Watson Chapel on the Hogs’ turf. That game will start at 6:00pm. Fayetteville will begin about a half an hour afterward.