The McDonald’s Team of the Week may have just won its most important game of the year, but Prairie Grove refuses to look at it that way. A 49-13 beat down of Farmington on Friday night and the path to a conference title seems straight forward. Yet, seeing the way that game started, things didn’t look too promising.
“After they returned the kickoff back for a touchdown opening round, it’s like man that’s going to be tough spotting them seven like that,” said Prairie Grove head coach Danny Abshier.
But it really wasn’t. From that point on Farmington score six more points. Prairie Grove scored 49. As a result, Prairie Grove is the heavy favorite to win the 4A-1 this year.
“As long as we stay focused and we don’t get ahead of ourselves we should be alright,” said senior linebacker Brandon Nodier. “We need to stay confident, because we know we’re a good team.”
Friday night in comes Lincoln, a much improved team, 5-0, just like Prairie Grove. It’s a test the Tigers won’t take lightly.
“They are a lot more respectable this year,” said Nodier. “They can move the ball a lot easier than last year. The quarterback looks like he knows the game a little bit better.”
Prairie Grove made a run to the semifinals last year. This is a brand new team with new faces. But one thing they do have is experience. These guys know what it feels like to win.
“We’re as good as last year,” said senior linebacker Jack Reynolds. “We don’t have the size of last year but we have as much talent this year and that’s one of the keys for this team this year.”
“We did play these guys quite a bit last year,” said Abshier. “Very few of them were starters. They have a lot of team experience. I think depth is the biggest difference between the two teams.”