FFN Countdown Day 11: Booneville Bearcats
Coach: Scott Hyatt
2012: 8-4, 6-1
Returning Starters: 8 OFF/7 DEF
Sept. 6 at Ozark
Sept. 13 Gravette
Sept. 20 Star City
Sept. 27 Waldron
Oct. 4 at Subiaco Academy
Oct. 11 Dardanelle
Oct. 18 at Mena
Oct. 25 Dover
Nov. 1 at Pottsville
Nov. 8 at Maumelle
Expectations are always high at Booneville and that’s certainly the case for the 2013 season.
Scott Hyatt returns 15 seniors from a team that went 8-4 last season and reached the third round of the playoffs.
“We just have to keep the kids focused and not let them read too many newspaper clippings and get the big head,” Hyatt said. “Just stay focused on what we do and try to get better and take care of what we can take care of.”
Quarterback Cody Harrel returns after being named to the all-state team as a junior. Harrel combined for 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Bryson May is also back at fullback, where he rushed for 800 yards and 15 touchdowns out of the Bearcats wing-T offense.
The Bearcats will have plenty of firepower on offense as it returns eight starters from a team that scored 24 points or more nine times.
Booneville’s defense will be equally as stout as seven starters are back after allowing a touchdown or less three times.
The Bearcats kick off the season against rival Ozark on Sept. 6 and are looking for their first win since 2010 against the Hillibillies.
“We’re ready. We’re hungry for that game,” Harrel said. “We’ve been waiting for that game third round of the playoffs last year.”
“Get a little pay back,” senior lineman Dalton Gray said. “We go out there and get some revenge because they beat us the last two years and I believe we owe them something.”
“Ozark- Booneville is always a big rivalry. It doesn’t matter,” Hyatt said. “We’ve beat them when we were down. They’ve beat us when they were down. It doesn’t matter what our records are, how good we’re supposed to be. It’s going to be a fight either way.”