Prairie Grove Remains Humble After Big Win Over 4A-1 Favorite
Last Friday’s Prairie Grove Ozark game was being called the matchup of the year in the 4A-1. No one else in that conference was given a chance and the winner was supposed to run away with the title. But then Prairie Grove beat Ozark 30-6 and has everyone thinking this conference is already over. But our McDonalds Team of the Week says ‘hold on, pump the breaks. There’s a lot of football to be played.’
“We can’t really score ourselves and rate ourselves like we played against Ozark,” said Prairie Grove senior corner back Jon Halbert. “We just got to keep going and doing our thing, backing each other up.”
“A lot of people say it was a conference championship but I don’t think it was,” said senior running back Weston Batholomew. “It was just one game. We’ve got a lot more good teams to play.”
That’s the mentality of a team determined to not have a letdown. Prairie Grove is 1-0 in conference with three other teams and nothing more.
“I don’t want everyone thinking that the season’s already done and we’re already done because we still got a long way to go,” said Batholomew.
“If you get a big head and cocky your team just tears itself apart,” said Halbert.
And this Friday is a rivalry game. Prairie Grove has Farmington at home, another team that’s undefeated this year.
”They’re always ready to go,” said Prairie Grove head coach Danny Abshier. “Like people say throw the records out the window. It’s a good rivalry game. There’s no telling what happens. “
Plus Farmington is scoring 31 points a game. Prairie Grove might be in for a shootout. So their offense needs to be ready to go. They certainly like their running game.
“I believe we’ve got the best back in the state,” said Halbert. “Weston Bartholomew is a bowling ball. He’s that good. “
So expect Prairie Grove to run the ball a lot Farmington starts a lot of sophomores on that defense.
“It’s going to be big,” said Batholomew. “We have to establish the running game first. If we get that going we get the pass going. It’s going to be a lot closer game than everyone thinks it’s going to be.”
Kick off for Farmington at Prairie Grove is Friday at 7:00pm.