Norton makes Arkansas High Coaching debut at Pleasant Grove Hawks

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Arkansas High head football coach Barry Norton

Fox Sports Texarkana presents eighth-ranked Pleasant Grove and coach Barry Norton’s first edition of Arkansas High Razorbacks Friday night at 7:30 in Hawk Stadium.

Both Pleasant Grove coach Josh Gibson and the Razorbacks’ Norton are not sure about what the fans can expect when the two Texarkana schools collide.

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Arkansas High head football coach Barry Norton
Pleasant Grove Hawks Arkansas High
Pleasant Grove Hawks head football coach Josh Gibson

Norton is concerned about the Hawks’ wing-T offense led by sophomore quarterback Ben Harmon. The young talent has beaten out two senior returners for the starting job.

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Pleasant Grove quarterback Ben Harmon

“We have no video on Pleasant Grove,” said Norton, who never had a losing season in his 18 years as Texas High’s head coach. “We did see them in a scrimmage. Harmon gives them a passing threat. Pleasant Grove’s seven-on-seven team made it to the state quarter-finals with Harmon throwing the football.”

The Razorbacks feature a new offense, defense and outlook in Arkansas’ Class 6A this fall.

“The thing we know is that Coach Norton will have Arkansas High fired up, and they have a good program,” Pleasant Grove’s Gibson said. “The Razorbacks are very athletic. We’ll have a great atmosphere at Hawk Stadium. Both teams are also on the rise.

“In the first game of the season nobody really knows what’s going to happen. We’re preparing for anything and everything.”

Arkansas High had not selected a starting quarterback earlier in the week. Junior Drake Browning started last year and is back. However, senior Wes Kift and sophomore Sean Foreback are in the picture.

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Drake Browning

“Browning has such a great skill set; he can do so many things for us,” Norton said. “Wes is a really smart kid, and Sean has a great arm and upside. Heck, I may play all three.”

Listen to the Pleasant Grove Hawks vs Arkansas High games on the radio and on the Freed AM Sports APP.

You can listen to the Arkansas High radio broadcast on the Pleasant Grove vs. Razorbacks on Fox Sports Radio 1400 in Texarkana. The Arkansas High Play By Play announcer is Michael DelGiorno and Greg Hogan is the color commentator.

The Pleasant Grove broadcast is live on 94.1 FM ESPN. Chuck Zach will provide the play by play and Jason Boston the color commentary.

The game will also be on Fox Sports Radio 1400 and 94.1 FM ESPN on your I-phone and smart phones, simply search for the Freed Am Sports App in the App store. The Freed Am Sports App is free.

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