With Bearcat Stadium serving as the Home of Champions for its 50th season it is kind of fitting that Friday’s home playoff game for the Bearcats will mark the 30th year a playoff game has gone through here.
The opponent for the milestone game is Nashville, who has been here three times, winning in 1993 (29-27) and 1998 (28-27) and taking a 42-12 beating in 2001.
In fact Nashville is the only school to win two playoff games in Bearcat Stadium.
The Bearcats have beaten nine opponents multiple times in a playoff game in Bearcat Stadium with Pulaski Oak Grove and Prairie Grove both losing three times here.
Clinton, West Fork, Huntsville, Marianna Lee, Hoxie, Hamburg and Newport are the schools who have lost twice here.
The overall playoff record at Bearcat Stadium is 37-11, a winning percentage of 0.771.
Prior to last season’s loss to Southside Batesville in the opening round, the Bearcats had won five straight home playoff games.
The series between the Bearcats and Scrappers is even at 4-4. Besides the 2001 playoff game in Bearcat Stadium, Booneville won 12-0 in a 1978 playoff game in Conway and 25-13 in a 1952 playoff game in Mena besides the 2000 state championship game in War Memorial Stadium, a 29-21 win.
Besides the playoff wins here Nashville has won 47-14 in the 2005 playoffs and 55-14 in the 2007 playoffs, with both games played at their venue.
This year the Bearcats come into the game 9-1 off a bye. The Bearcats have twice before had a first round playoff bye. In 2009 they lost at home to Malvern 24-23 after a bye and in 2012 they beat Newport 41-20 after a week off.
The Bearcats earned the bye by winning Conference 4A-4 this year with an unblemished record. The Bearcats won nine straight after a season opening loss to 4A-1 Conference co-champion Pea Ridge.
Nashville comes into the game off a 47-7 playoff win over Monticello Friday. The Scrappers are 8-3 on the season and are the three-seed from Conference 4A-7. The Scrappers’ losses are to Class 5A DeQueen and league opponents Pulaski Robinson and Arkadelphia.