TODAY’S TICKET: Booneville Vs Clinton
GAME: Booneville (10-0) vs Clinton (4-6)
MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Clinton Yellow Jackets
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 at Bearcat Stadium
SERIES: Booneville leads 4-1-0
LAST MEETING: Booneville 32 Clinton 13 on Oct. 5, 2007
LAST WEEK: Booneville 47 Maumelle 17;
STREAK: Booneville has won last 1.
FIRST MEETING: Bonneville 35 Clinton 18 on Nov. 12, 1976 in the opening round of the playoffs
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Booneville is 4A-4; Clinton is 4A-2
NOTABLE: Discounting first round byes in 2009 and 2012, Booneville is 25-9 all time in the first round of the playoffs. The Bearcats last lost an opening round game in 2011 to De Queen in a game play in Bearcat Stadium. Under head coach Scott Hyatt the first round record is 3-1.
Among the first round opponents is Clinton, in 1976. The Bearcats won in Booneville that night 35-18 in a game that featured a 60-yard Ricky Young to Chuck Chalfant touchdown pass. It is the third longest playoff game pass for the Bearcats.
For a bit of irony that 1976 game also featured three point after kicks by the Bearcats’ Bubba Brewster. During Hyatt’s first year as head coach in 2007, the Bearcats played at Clinton and Brewster was a member of the officiating crew.
Booneville and Clinton have a single common opponent in Pottsville. The Apaches beat Clinton 28-20 in the week 3 final nonconfrence game. The Bearcats beat Pottsville 35-7 in week 9.
Clinton holds the distinction of being the last team to beat Booneville on a homecoming night, 27-8 in Kenneth Rippy’s final season, 2006. The Bearcats returned the favor by beating the Yellow Jackets 32-13 in Clinton the following season. Clinton left the conference after that. Besides the two years of being a conference opponent and the first round playoff game, Booneville and Clinton have met just two other times, both in 1946, with Booneville winning twice in three weeks.
Clinton, who will be playing in the 4A-4 next year is in a conference that includes Pine Bluff Dollarway, Lonoke, Newport and defending state champion Stuttgart.
Booneville has been treated to a blackout of sorts lately. Starting with the red and black of Mena in week 7 every opponent has had black as a primary school color. Dover (black and white), Pottsville (black and gold), Maumelle (red and black) and now Clinton (black and gold have followed).
The trend could continue if the Bearcats win and Mena upsets Hamburg in an opening round game in Hamburg tonight. Otherwise a win by the Bearcats means a blue Lion is coming to town in week 12.