FFN Countdown Day 13: Mena Bearcats


Coach: Tim Harper
Conference: 4A-4
2012: 6-6, 4-3
Returning Starters: 5 OFF/4 DEF

2013 Schedule
Sept. 6    De Queen
Sept. 13  at Hot Springs
Sept. 20  Mansfield
Sept. 27  at Maumelle
Oct. 4      Dover
Oct. 11    at Pottsville
Oct. 18    Booneville
Oct. 25    at Waldron
Nov. 1      Subiaco Academy
Nov. 8      at Dardanelle

Mena surprised the 4A landscape with an upset win over top seeded Arkadelphia last season in the postseason.

Despite losing 13 starters and their head coach, the Bearcats have set their sights on even high goals in 2013.

“One of our main goals just as a team and talking to coach is we want to host a home playoff game,” senior quarterback Cameron Robinson said. “Mena hasn’t done that in about 20 years so that is our first goal right now.”

“It’s going to take working hard every day in practice and that is the thing we talked a little bit about,” first year head coach Tim Harper said. “It’s not Friday nights that I’m worried about. I think they’ll play hard on Friday night but in order to host a playoff game you’re going to have to work hard every day in practice and that is something these guys are working real hard to do and I’m proud of them.”

Harper helped turn around a reeling Searcy program prior to taking over at Mena this spring. Former coach Jeff Weaver accepted the head coaching job at 5A Little Rock Christian.

“Everybody in this community really supports the Bearcats and I’m just real excited about being here,” Harper said.

Mena was bounced in the second round of the playoffs by the eventual state runner-up, Ozark, but hosting in the postseason is the ultimate goal.

The Bearcats host De Queen on Sept. 6 in the season opener.