TODAY’S TICKET: Star City at Booneville
GAME: Star City (2-0) at Booneville (2-0
MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Star City Bulldogs
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 at Bearcat Stadium
SERIES: Tied 1-1-0
LAST MEETING: Star City 34 Booneville 28 on Sept. 14, 2012
LAST WEEK: Booneville 41 Gravette 24; Star City 35 Camden Harmony Grove 0
STREAK: Star City has won last 1.
FIRST MEETING: Booneville 20 Star City 14 (OT) on Nov. 26, 1999 in Class 3A state quarterfinals.
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Booneville is a member of 4A-4; Star City is a member of 4A-8
NOTES: There are several family and other ties in tonight’s game. For starters Bearcat head coach Scott Hyatt is related to Star City starting quarterback Tye Brown.
Brown has thrown for 620 yards and 9 touchdowns — the Bulldogs have thrown 60 passes. The leading receiver is DaJunn Harris with 12 catches for 200 yards and the Bulldogs have had 7 different players catch passes in both games.
Also from the family connect theme is James Ray who is the younger brother of Allen “Gator” Ray who beat Star City with an overtime touchdown in 1999, capping a 210-yard night. That scoring run came after Jett Furneaux — the first year head coach at Star City — was stopped on fourth down when the Bulldogs had the football.
Another name you may recognize, if you follow Razorback recruiting is Austin Capps. The sophomore defensive tackle who has an offer from the UA has 14 tackles in two weeks.
In Star City a year ago Josh Smith ripped off a 65-yard run but was caught before he could score and the Bearcats would lose a fumble on the possession. The Bearcats were turnover prone throughout the first half and found themselves in a 21-point hole.
Booneville rallied to tie it at 28 before a punt return for a touchdown gave Star City the win. Playing keep away, the Bearcats had a 96-yard drive in that game too, with Bryson May capping it with the touchdown.
No doubt the Bearcats would like to play keep away tonight as well and will rely on May, who has 254 yards in two games this season.
Star City is one of two straight Bulldog opponents on the Bearcat schedule, neither of which will be back next year when Booneville competes in Class 3A. During the program’s history Booneville has faced six different Bulldogs (Bald Knob, Decatur, Greenwood and Springdale are the others) and has 95 wins against them.
Need rain? Schedule Star City. It is likely there will be a few slips and slides on a wet field tonight. Those who made the trip to Lincoln County last year know it was a wet track there as well.