De Queen Leopards (1-8-, 1-5) vs. Arkansas High Razorbacks (8-1, 6-0)
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 best way to honor the seniors on Senior Night would be with an undefeated record in the 5A South. That is precisely what the Arkansas High Razorbacks are going for when they host the De Queen Leopards.
The Hogs have routed their way through the conference schedule. The only threat to their perfect mark and conference championship was a 21-15 win over Little Rock McClellan. Other than that, the Razorbacks have diced up the competition.
For Cameron Collier, DeJordan Mask, Irijah Price, Drake Browning, A.C. Williams, Rico Thomas, Jadas Ross, Jordan Hall, and many more seniors, they endured losing close games and having postseason dreams dashed for two straight seasons, one in the last for Coach Todd Ledford and one during Coach Barry Norton’s inaugural season.
“My granny always told me it’s not where you start it’s where you finish,” said Williams. “I live by that. I mean, it means a lot but we are not finished.”
A win on Senior Night is a true passing of the torch to the next generation of Razorbacks. The most optimistic part about Senior Night at Arkansas High Friday night will be that there still is a lot of history left for the class of ’19 to write in the playoffs. Unlike Moses who could only see the Promised Land but not allowed to enter, the senior class, thanks to their conference title secured last week with a victory at Hope, will be able to cross that Jordan and might play for all the marbles in Little Rock later in November.
A win over De Queen would be a satisfactory conclusion to their regular season and a promising auspice for their postseason journey. Arkansas High closes out their season on the first Friday in November, but they are endeavoring to play in the month’s complement this postseason.