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Bearcats Back In Finals

For the eighth time in school history the Booneville Bearcats will be playing for a state title.

The Bearcats (14-0) beat Pine Bluff Dollarway 43-14 Friday night at Golden Lion Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff to punch their ticket to the Class 4A title game this Friday at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Tickets for the game are $7.

Friday’s opponent will be Warren (11-3) who beat Valley View 27-20 in the other semifinal Friday.

The title game matchup is the same as it was in 2001, when Booneville last played in the championship game. Warren won that game 45-39.

In pursuit of their third state title, the Bearcats are 14-0 for the first time in school history. Warren comes into the game sporting an 10-3 mark. The Lumberjacks lost to Fayetteville, Camden Fairview and Pulaski Academy to open the year but have won 11 straight.

The Bearcats entered the playoffs 10-0 and have beaten Clinton 42-13, Hamburg 35-14 and Lincoln 35-0 on the way to Friday’s semifinal round. After a first-round bye, the Lumberjacks beat Dardanelle 48-13 and Arkadelphia 31-24 on the way to the semifinals.

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