FFN Countdown Day 16: Prairie Grove Tigers
Coach: Danny Abshier
2012: 12-1, 7-0
Returning Starters: 2 OFF/5 DEF
Sept. 6 Lavaca
Sept. 13 Morrilton
Sept. 20 at West Fork
Sept. 27 Ozark
Oct. 4 at Farmington
Oct. 11 Lincoln
Oct. 18 at Berryville
Oct. 25 Pea Ridge
Nov. 1 at Gentry
Nov. 8 at Gravette
There may not be a more heart broken team in our Football Friday Night countdown than the Prairie Grove Tigers. They were undefeated all last year only to lose to the eventual state champion, Stuttgart, in the semifinals. For the guys still remaining on this team, they remember the sting from last November.
“We know what it feels like now,” said senior running back Logan Bartholomew. We don’t want to feel it again. I think we’ve worked a lot harder this summer. Our mentality has grown together as a team and we are stronger.”
Prairie grove lost 19 seniors last year. None was more important than quarterback Cooper Winters, but there’s been a guy behind him. Jacob Storlie has been waiting in the wings.
“I feel real comfortable about it,” said Storlie. “I’ve been behind it for two years. I just got to sit back and learn from his mistakes and perfect it.”
“He’s been biding his time and waiting his chance,” said head coach Danny Abshier. “It’s his turn. He knows it and is having fun doing it. He keeps getting better and better.”
You may remember the running back duo of cousins Weston and Logan Bartholomew. Weston is gone. So Logan is ready to be the feature back, and gained valuable experience last year.
“I learned so many great things from him,” said Bartholomew. “ I had a blast out here with him last year. It was my dream to come out here and run the ball with him.”
On defense it seems like an impossible task to duplicate last season. The Tigers gave up just nine points a game, but this has always been a defensive minded team.
“I think we can mimic it,” said senior linebacker Jack Reynolds.” I think we can get to a state championship with the amount of players and talent we have.”
Prairie Grove hosts Lavaca in week one.