Little Rock McClellan Crimson Lions (2-3, 1-1) vs. Arkansas High Razorbacks (5-1, 3-0)
Friday, 7:00 p.m., Razorback Stadium, Texarkana
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 two undefeated teams, at least as the 5A South is concerned, meet each other for a showdown in the city that’s twice as nice Friday night when Arkansas High hosts Little Rock McClellan.
The Crimson Lions are undefeated on the year with a 6-0 overall record compared to the Razorbacks’ 5-1 mark with the lone loss against the Texas High Tigers. McClellan beat Hot Springs, De Queen, and Hope by an average margin of 41.3 points. They have also scored an average of 46.9 points per game in their six games.
Arkansas High’s running game seemed to be in the cellar after dynamic senior running back Jordan Hall broke his leg earlier in the season. However, in the past two games, he has gained 325 rushing yards and scored four rushing touchdowns in the Hogs’ past two conference games.
The Crimson Lions have an offense that similarly likes to run the football. The key for the two sides will be to see who can come through and shut down the run and force the other to lean on the passing game to move the football.
Arkansas’ defense and special teams had a good performance against the Rams last week. Senior cornerback Cameron Collier had a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown at Lakeside.
The Razorbacks are on their first 3-0 conference start since 2007, which is the last time that they won the state championship. While it is presumptuous to start talking about what will happen in late November at War Memorial Stadium, the longer the goose egg hangs around in the Hogs’ loss column, the less difficult their pathway up I-30 becomes.