The tough part of their schedule behind them, Booneville coach Scott Hyatt hopes there isn’t let up Friday as the Bearcats conclude the regular season.
Booneville (5-4, 4-2) will most likely finish as the No. 2 seed with a win over Subiaco. That would mean a home playoff game Nov. 11 most likely against Southside Batesville.
However, the Bearcats could clinch the top seed if Dover beats Ozark by six, Waldron upsets Dardanelle, and the Bearcats defeat Subiaco by at least 12.
“Being Week 10, our young players have grown up a lot,” Hyatt said. “They’re still sophomores but they’re playing at a pretty high level.”
Brandon Ulmer, in particular, has played well at quarterback. The sophomore has passed for 308 yards and also run for 345. Sophomore Carson Ray has 370 yards rushing.
Senior Caleb Draper leads the Bearcats with 751 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. The senior back topped the 2,000-yard mark for his career (2,056) last week.
Hyatt believes Booneville missed a chance during the team’s showdown with Dardanelle.
“We had an opportunity to be the one, but you have to make the plays when we needed to make them,” he said. “But Dardanelle has a good football team.”