Har-Ber Wildcats Show Off New Stadium, New Team

SPRINGDALE (KFSM)-Some might say an eight win season, finishing second in conference and reaching the second round of the playoffs is a success, but not the Har-Ber Wildcats. Having won no more than eight games the last three seasons, head coach Chris Wood would love to change that.

“Our kids have high standards, high expectations, our parents, our fan base does,” Har-Ber head coach Chris Wood said. “Going eight and four, going to second round of players, is kind of not where we want to be. You want to be playing on Thanksgiving weekend with a chance to get to Little Rock.”

A big key to the success of the Wildcats this year will fall on the shoulders of the running game. No longer will the Wildcats be dumping the load all on one back.

“I think we got a couple of running backs that can do some special things,” Wood said.

“We just got a new player from Hot Springs. His name is ‘T’, we call him ‘Big T’, he’ll be a junior this year also,” junior running back Luke Hannon said. “We have Dalton (Douangdara), he’ll be a sophomore, and Nick Verucchi will be our returning senior.  We are going to have a lot of fresh legs in there.”

With only one returning starter on offense, a lack of experience is something they must overcome as a team.

“I think we had a lot of athletes last year, but this year we are going to be more of a complete team,” Hannon said. “Everybody is working really hard and we are trying to do the little things right and that’s going to help us win ball games.”
“We got to play as a team, as one, that means offense, defense and special teams,” senior offensive lineman Steven Flores said. “That’s really the key to success in football.”

Perhaps an extra incentive to win this year is the new $5 million stadium that Har-Ber can call home.

“It’s a landmark for this campus and I think it’s going to draw our alumni back in and our students will really embrace the home field for us,” Wood said. “We don’t have to load everything in the back of a bunch of pick-ups and go across town to play a home game.”
“The players before have put in work and we owe it all to the alumni,” Hannon said. “It’s going to be great, we are going to honor them and we can’t wait for that first game against Conway.”
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