TODAY’S TICKET: Booneville at Mena
GAME: Booneville (6-0, 3-0) vs Mena (3-3, 1-2)
MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Mena Bearcats
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Ot. 18 at Boyd Stadium
SERIES: Booneville leads 40-19-1
LAST MEETING: Mena 22 Booneville 21 on Oct. 12, 2012
LAST WEEK: Booneville 42 Dardanelle 0; Pottsville 35 Mena 0
STREAK: Mena has won last 1
FIRST MEETING: Booneville won (score unavilable) in 1931
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Both are members of 4A-4
NOTES: Mena ended a five game losing streak to Booneville last year in the narrowest of margins and despite three Bearcats running for more than 100 yards, including a career-high 185 by quarterback Cody Harrel, who sat out last week’s game over a disciplinary matter. Harrel also may not start tonight but is expected to play.
Mena last won a game in the series at home in 1996.
Talor Tatterson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the season opener against Mena in a Hootens.com game in Van Buren in 2009. Anthony Napier, Kyle Arnold, Jeremy McDonald and Zach Adair all had 200-yard games against Mena. Andy Napier returned two punts for touchdowns against Mena in 1985. The longest rush for the Bearcats is a 99-yard effort by Darrell Mason against Mena in 1953.
With Melbourne and Brookland now fielding football team, Booneville and Mena are no longer the only football playing schools in Arkansas, but they are the only two who will play one another in the regular season.