TODAY’S TICKET: Booneville Vs Warren
GAME: Booneville (14-0) vs Warren (10-3) in Class 4A State Championship Game
MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Warren Lumberjacks
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock
SERIES: Tied 1-1-0
LAST MEETING: Warren 45 Booneville 39 on Dec. 8, 2001
LAST WEEK: Booneville 43 Pine Bluff Dollarway 14; Warren 27 Valley View 20
STREAK: Warren has won last 1
FIRST MEETING: Booneville 59 Warren 6 on Nov. 19, 1999
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Booneville is 4A-4; Warren is 4A-8
NOTABLE: Booneville and Warren have three common opponents. The Bearcats beat Star City 21-7 in week three; Warren beat the Bulldogs 48-20 on Oct. 4 (week 5). The Bearcats beat Dardanelle 42-0 in week 6; Warren beat the Sand Lizards 48-13 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. The Bearcats beat Hamburg 35-14 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs; Warren beat the Lions 32-13 in week 9.
During the playoffs Cody Harrel has run for exactly 500 yards and six touchdowns. Bryson May has added another 412 and seven scores; Matt Berry 267 yards and a touchdown; and Josh Smith 232 and five touchdowns.
Defensively Joseph Saldana has led the way with 4 sacks and 7.5 for a loss. Damon May has added 31 tackles and 5.5 for a loss.
The Bearcats were the home team with Booneville and Warren met in 2001 but will be the visitors this time. Booneville was on visitor side of War Memorial in 2000 when they won the state title.
Though this will mark Booneville’s eighth state title game, it will mark the first time the Bearcats will be playing in War Memorial on a Friday. The 1978 title game was played on a Friday, but in Benton, and the other six championship games involving Booneville have all been played on a Saturday.
Allen Ray, brother of James Ray, scored 29 points against Warren in the 1999 game — a field goal, eight PATs and three touchdowns.
Ronny Becker ran for 219 yards and four touchdowns against the Lumberjacks in the 2001 title game — Brandon Rowland ran for 238 against Warren in 1999.
Defensive coordinator Ricky May is the father of fullback Bryson May. As a fullback himself, Ricky May was on the 1986 state title Bearcat team.
Josh Walker was a member of the 2000 state championship team. Today he coaches the offensive and defensive lines.
Scott Hyatt was on Kenneth Rippy’s coaching staff in 2000. Now he is after his first title as a head coach and trying to become the third different man to lead the Bearcats to a title.