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IT’S GAME DAY!

TODAY’S TICKET: Booneville Vs Pine Bluff Dollarway

GAME: Booneville (13-0) vs Pine Bluff Dollarway (13-0)

MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Pine Bluff Dollarway Cardinals

WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 at Golden Lion Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

SERIES: Pine Bluff Dollarway leads 1-0-0

LAST MEETING: Pine Bluff Dollarway 22 Booneville 21 on Dec. 3 2004 in the semifinals of the playoffs

LAST WEEK (Nov. 29): Booneville 35 Lincoln 0; Pine Bluff Dollarway 36 Star City 0

STREAK: Pine Bluff Dollarway has won last 1

FIRST MEETING: Pine Bluff Dollarway leads 1-0-0

CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Booneville is 4A-4; Pine Bluff Dollarway is 4A-2

NOTABLE: Booneville and Pine Bluff Dollarway have two common opponents. The Bearcats beat Clinton 42-13 at Bearcat Stadium in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs on Nov. 15; Pine Bluff Dollarway won at Clinton 48-7 on Oct. 11. The Bearcats beat Star City 21-7 on Sept. 20 in Booneville; Pine Bluff Dollarway beat the Bulldogs 36-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs on Nov. 29 in a game played at UAPB.

Opened in 2000, Golden Lion Stadium at UAPB has a seating capacity of 16,000. According to Google, the address is 1200 University Drive in Pine Bluff.

The last time these two schools met it was also in the semifinals of the playoffs. It was also played in Pine Bluff and it was a fourth quarter missed field goal that allowed the Cardinals to advance to the state championship game against Central Arkansas Christian with a 22-21 win, despite a three touchdown effort from Daniel Shaw.

That was also the last time the Bearcats have reached the semifinal round of the playoffs. It is the 18th time Booneville has reached the final four. Included in those numbers are the playoffs of 1947 and 1952 which are largely dismissed by state recordkeepers. Omitting those, the Bearcats are 7-8, in semifinal games; including those years, the Bearcats are 7-10 in the semifinals.

To get thus far the Cardinals allowed a season high points in a 47-21 win over Jonesboro Westside, then smashed Ashdown 44-7 and Star City. The Bearcats mercy-ruled Clinton in a game that ended 42-13, Hamburg in a game that ended 35-14 and Lincoln 35-0.

The Bearcats have scored 514 points this season and allowed 151. Dollarway has scored 549 points this year and allowed 104.

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