TODAY’S TICKET: Booneville Vs Hamburg
GAME: Booneville (11-0) vs Hamburg (9-2)
MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Hamburg Lions
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Bearcat Stadium
SERIES: Booneville leads 1-0-0
LAST MEETING: Booneville 59 Hamburg 26 on Nov. 18, 2005
LAST WEEK: Booneville 42 Clinton 13; Hamburg 48 Mena 12
STREAK: Booneville has won last 1.
FIRST MEETING: Bonneville 59 Hamburg 26 on Nov. 18, 2005 in the second round of the playoffs
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Booneville is 4A-4; Hamburg is 4A-8
NOTABLE: Booneville and Hamburg had two common opponents. The Bearcats beat Conference 4A-8 Star City 21-7 in Booneville in week 3; the Lions beat Star City 21-12 in week 6. The Bearcats beat conference foe Mena 49-28 in Mena in week 7; the Lions beat Mena last week in the opening round of the playoffs in Hamburg.
For the year the Lions have scored 353 points and have given up 143. That is a little misleading because 58 came in a loss to Class 5A Camden Fairview and 32 more came in a loss to Warren. In their nine wins the Lions have allowed only 53 with five shutouts.
The Bearcats have scored 444 points in 11 games and have allowed 137, 57 of which can be attributable to starters as there are nine mercy rule wins on the books.
The first quarter could prove interesting. Hamburg has outscored its opposition in 11 first quarters 117-12; Booneville has outscored theirs 188-13.
Down 18-0 at halftime against Warren the Lions shifted gears to the Single Wing. Since then the spinner “QB” has been Trey Miller. In the two and a half games since then Miller has rushed for 482 yards (110 and 2 touchdowns in second half against Warren, 219 on 9 carries at Dumas and 159 yards against Mena). He has rushed for 603 yards this year.
Freshman running back Zach Heard went 65 yards for a TD on his first varsity carry at Dumas. He averaged a touchdown every three carries for and 8-0 junior high Lion team this year.
The only time Booneville met Hamburg the Bearcats were have such problems in the kicking game they went to two point conversions exclusively. It worked, as they converted a school record tying and playoff record setting five of them. Curtis Christian and Derek Davis, who ran for 141 and 137 yards, respectively, had two apiece as eighth touchdowns had 11 extra points. Daniel Shaw added another 123 and Tobler Turner 79 yards that night.
The kicking game this season has been solid. Josh Smith had made 23 straight before a miss after his first touchdown last week, then he hit four more and is 27-of-28 since taking over the duty.
Hamburg marks the second Lion the Bearcats have seen this season. The first was Gravette.