Arkansas High’s Razorbacks and Liberty-Eylau have not faced each other that many times in football, and both schools will know little about their opponent going into Friday night’s season opener at L-E’s Harris Field.
There was no exchange of game film, and the Leopards’ first-year head coach Klint King said he only knows what some of his assistant coaches have told him about Arkansas High. The Razorbacks did scout L-E’s two preseason scrimmages, but it’s doubtful they saw what King has planned for Friday.
“Liberty-Eylau always has athletes, they’re big up front this year, but young,” said AHS coach Barry Norton. “We’re young this season, and we know what kind of challenge to expect. It should be a really good football game.”
King echoed the Arkansas High coach.
“Hopefully, we’ll go out and execute and play hard,” said King. “We do have a lot of talent and potential on this team.”
Razorbacks experienced at quarterback
If either team has an advantage it’s arguably at quarterback. Junior Braylon Bishop will start for the Razorbacks, with senior Sean Foreback also expected to see action. Juniors Zeke Brown and Parker Goodman have been competing for L-E’s starting job at quarterback.
The Razorbacks return only six starters from 2018’s 10-2 team. L-E finished 4-8 last year, but went two rounds deep into the playoffs. The Leopards have eight starters back, five on the defensive side.
Arkansas High will host Texas High next week, while L-E travels to Carthage.
In another big game locally, 4A’s top-ranked Pleasant Grove Hawks will host Paris. Atlanta travels to Gilmer; Hooks plays at Linden-Kildare; DeKalb visits Prairiland; New Boston invades Paul Pewitt; Redwater treks to Waskom; Harleton is at Queen City; James Bowie journeys to Union Grove; and Ore City is on the road at Maud.
The feature game in Southwest Arkansas was played Tuesday at Southern Arkansas University, where 3A’s fifth-ranked Rison upset third-ranked Prescott in two overtimes, 42-40. Nashville edged Watson Chapel that night, 35-28, while Magnolia lost to Warren, 41-21.
Friday’s games have Ashdown going to Hamburg, and De Queen visiting Mena.