Two Class AA high schools put undefeated records on the line Friday night as the young prep gridiron season enters its second week.
Barton's Bears, 1-0, will travel to Des Arc, 1-0, to tangle with the Eagles, a squad that went 6-6 in 2012, advancing to the second round of the playoffs before bowing out to Murfreesboro, 38-18.
Des Arc was Barton's second consecutive shut out victim at the opening of the 2012 season. Picked to finished fourth in the rugged 6-2A Conference, the Eagles opened their campaign with an impressive 38-6 victory over Woodlawn.
Barton is coming off a hard fought 38-29 win over the DeWitt Dragons on a night when the offense shined but the defense was somewhat disappointing. Speedy Cameron Anderson contributed three touchdowns on the night for the Bears. The first TD came on a 53-yard run on the Bears' first offensive play from scrimmage.
Dragon quarterback Dawson Moser passed for three touchdowns while carving up the secondary with some short passes underneath. Key interceptions by Barton's Justice Cole, 2, Laquarius Hall and Tristian Graves stopped four Dragon offensive drives.
Central's Cougars, 0-1, are the only Phillips County team playing on their home turf this weekend. The Cougars came out on the short end of a 34-19 score against the Dollarway Cardinals in the season opener. This week the Cougars take on their Delta rivals just 20 minutes down the road, the Marianna Trojans, 0-0.
Last year, the Trojans were one of just two games that went into the “Win” column for the Cougars. Central rolled up 41 points as the defense totally shut down the Trojan offense. The Cougar loss was just one nine lopsided losses suffered by the Trojans in 2012.
The contest is the season opener for Marianna, which drew an open date last Friday.
Marvell, 0-1, heads to Augusta, 1-0, to take on the Red Devils. Last week, the Mustangs dropped a 27-12 decision to Hermitage.
Last fall, Augusta rolled all over the Mustangs, 66-0. The Red Devils appear to be fired up and ready to go this Friday night after soundly whipping Quitman, 48-12 opening night.
Augusta was 3-7 in 2012 and finished sixth in the 3-2A Conference.
All games kick off at 7 p.m.