Arkansas High Razorbacks (4-1, 2-0) vs. Hot Springs Lakeside Rams (2-3, 1-1)
Friday, 7:00 p.m., Lakeside High School, Hot Springs
Radio: Fox Sports Radio 1400 AM/97.1 FM, FoxSportsTexarkana.com, Fox Sports 1400 on the Freed AM Sports app (Michael DelGiorno & Greg Hogan)
The Arkansas High defense has been a big part of the 2-0 conference start. The Razorbacks have not started off with a 2-0 conference record since 2007, the last time they won a state championship. While such a start does not guarantee such a finish, is a recipe for getting postseason qualification finished early and seeding highly in the bracket to make such a push.
The Razorbacks defense has surrendered 19 points in their two 5A-South games with seven on the road at Magnolia. The Rams played the Panthers last week and posted a basketball score of 71-48 in the win. In their initial conference encounter with Camden Fairview, Lakeside scored 26 points in a 38-26 loss. Overall, the points per game for the Rams prior to their blowout of Magnolia was 29.5 points per game. The Hogs defense averages 21.2 points surrendered per game.
Arkansas High’s offense keeps rolling on the ground despite injuries at the starting running back position. Sophomore rusher Torie Blair carried 27 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Hogs’ win over the Cardinals last week. Junior quarterback Sean Foreback completed 10-of-25 for 110 yards. Arkansas High will need to keep the pace up on offense to outlast the Rams Friday night.