Trojans kick off 2020 season at Arkadelphia; Knights eye first win at Murfreesboro

Hot Springs head football coach Darrell Burnett wears a face mask in the Trojans' new indoor practice facility. The Trojans kick off their 2020 campaign Friday at Arkadelphia.


Darrell Burnett is upbeat and excited about the Hot Springs Trojans season opener at Arkadelphia.

The Trojans were scheduled to play Fountain Lake last week, but the game was cancelled because of pandemic. The Badgers opened up with a thrilling overtime win over Camden Fairview, 21-20.

“Not playing last week hurts, particularly because we’re so young this year,” said Hot Springs’ young coach. “On a positive note we’ve had two good weeks of practice.

“Arkadelphia is good; they play hard and know how to win. Coach (Trey) Schucker does a great job. They always give themselves a chance to be in the ball game. We can beat ourselves with turnovers and penalties.”


Trojans underdog going into opener

The Badgers come into the game a favorite. Both teams are young. Arkadelphia only returned eight starters, five on defense. Hot Springs graduated 12 players. Burnett said that was like losing 24 players.

If Hot Springs is to win this week they must contain Badger quarterback Braden Thomas. The senior signal-caller accounted for all three of Arkadelphia’s touchdowns last week, two via his arm.

Weather could be a big factor for both teams. Trojan quarterback Isaac Shelor is also dangerous throwing the ball, having led 5A South last season with 1,800 yards and 17 touchdown passes.

Going with the Trojans this week, and it probably won’t be decided until the final minutes, 20-14.

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Lakeside favored at Sheridan

Lake Hamilton is open this week after beating Lakeside in its opener. The Rams play at Sheridan. Lakeside played well the final three quarters against the Wolves. Picking the Rams in a nail-biter, 28-20.

Centerpoint lost a heart-breaker last Monday night. Suspect the Knights win a shootout in Murfreesboro, 41-35.

Magnet Cove is at Bismarck this week and will likely spoil the home team’s record, 52-12.

Bigelow is a slight favorite over Cutter Morning Star. Take the host Eagles, 18-13.

Fountain Lake is healthy enough to play this week, and should beat England, 40-6.

Will the real Jessieville stand up this week. Maybe down the road. take Honey Grove Haskell, 14-10.

Looks like Mount Ida’s woes continue with a 35-14 loss to Perryville.

The hardest game to pick this week would have to be Malvern at Glen Rose. Flipped a coin and Beavers prevail, 21-20.

Just trying to beef up my average this week by taking Nashville over Hope, Ashdown over De Queen and Prescott over Gurdon. Blaming my dog Stormie for last week’s dismal .500 mark.

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