Southside, Har-Ber Meeting For 10th Time
Springdale Har-Ber’s first year of competition came in 2006. And Southside has been right there battling the Wildcats ever sense.
Friday’s meeting at Rowland Stadium in Fort Smith will be the 10th matchup in eight years, after the two met twice in the 2012 season. Eight of the last nine contests have been decided by seven points or less.
“I know we get Southside’s best shot and we try to give them our best shot,” Har-Ber coach Chris Wood said. “The game is played the right way. It’s a physical brand of football. Just because of all of those factors our guys look forward to this game and they look forward to playing Southside.”
Southside held on a two-point conversion attempt in the closing seconds last season to end Har-Ber’s run in the 7A state quarterfinals.
Don’t be surprised if Friday’s clash is a close one. And just the first of two meetings this season.
“They have an outstanding football team,” Southside coach Jeff Williams said. “Got a lot of respect for their program. We’ve had a long history with those guys. They’ve got an outstanding defense. Probably the best defensive lineman in the state.”
For the second straight week, Southside will face a highly recruited defensive lineman. The Rebels took on El Dorado and defensive tackle Bijhon Johnson. This week they must face Josh Frazier on the Wildcats’ defensive front.
“No mistakes,” Southside senior lineman Brett James said. “Definitely just playing right and making sure that we do everything correctly, make our steps and win the game.”
Har-Ber will be without starting quarterback Kyle Pianalto but receiver Zach Vaughn knows it will likely come down to the wire.
“Har-Ber and Southside is always a really good game,” Vaughn said. “We definitely want to win. It’s pretty intense.”