TODAY’S TICKET: Booneville vs West Fork
GAME: Booneville (4-0, 1-0 Conference 3A-1) vs West Fork (0-4, 0-1)
MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; West Fork Tigers
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at Bearcat Stadium
SERIES: Booneville leads 9-1-0 (0.900)
LAST MEETING: Booneville 36 West Fork 0 on Oct. 27, 2017
LAST WEEK: Booneville beat Paris 48-0; Mansfield beat West Fork 33-0
STREAK: Booneville has won last 3
FIRST MEETING: Booneville 35 West Fork 7 on Nov. 22, 1985
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Both are 3A-1
NOTES: The Bearcats ran for 391 yards against a winless Paris team last week in the rain. Three backs topped 80 yards and three more went for more than 40. Carson Ray is the season leader with 414 yards.
Penalties were again a problem last week with the Bearcats assessed 100 yards on nine accepted flags.
The Bearcats recorded two more interceptions last week – Paris quarterback George Poole completed only 2 of 13 passes – giving them eight on the season.
With Ian Suttles returning his second interception for a touchdown this season the defense has scored 14 points on the season.
THIS DATE IN BEARCAT HISTORY: Booneville has pretty much owned the date. In games played on Sept. 28, the Bearcats are 9-1-1, including wins in the last seven games on the date.
Brad West was particularly splendid on this date in 2001, throwing for three touchdowns and returning a kickoff for another in a 49-11 win over Ozark in 2001. Josh Holloway had an 82-yard punt return in the same game. Jimmy Earl Holcomb also had an 80 yard scoring run and a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown, also against Ozark, in a 26-0 win in 1951. Craig Taylor also connected with Danny Jones for a 60-yard pass in a 20-6 win over Atkins in 1979.
One more note on the game at Ozark in 2001, the Bearcats were penalized a school record tying 130 yards in the game.
LAST NIGHT: The Booneville 7th Grade Bearcats (5-1) won 30-22 at West Fork. It was 30-6 at the half as Dax Goff had a pair of touchdown runs on just two carries and a touchdown reception from Rylen Ray.
Scoring 36 first half points, the Junior High Bearcats (2-3) picked up a 42-6 win over West Fork. Randon Ray ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns on just four first half carries. Rocky Ross also scored twice in the first half.