Forest Gump said, “Momma says, 'Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you're gonna get.'”
Pulaski Academy Bruins head coach Kevin Kelley apparently doesn't adhere to Momma's philosophy. Bruin football is not full of surprises and trick plays – they just come right at you with 4-down football from any place on the field and kick on-side kicks following almost every touchdown. To put it plain and simply – they want the football and they want to keep it as long as possible.
The Bruins won their ninth conference championship in the passed 11 seasons in 2012 and are heavy favorites to repeat in 2013. They will face the Central Cougars Friday night in showdown of sorts in Little Rock.
The Cougars are coming off their best gridiron performance in perhaps two seasons with a stunning 38-18 upset over the highly favored Jacksonville Red Devils at Cad Polk Stadium last Friday.
Some feel the Cougars will have to play an error-free game against the Bruins if they have any chance to come out of the contest intact.
Pulaski Academy was 10-3 last fall advancing to the third round of the playoffs before falling to Batesville, 40-21. The Bruins enter Friday's game against the Cougars unbeaten and untied, having defeated North Pulaski, 48-27.
The 2013 edition of the Bruins does lack some experience with only three returning starters on offense and four on defense. However, they do have plenty of talent at the skill positions.
For the moment, Central, 2-2, 1-0, is tied with Pulaski Academy for the 5A Central Conference lead.
Pulaski Academy won last year's meeting at Cad Polk Stadium by a walloping 43-8 score.
Barton kept its perfect season intact with an overwhelming 35-7 victory over Rose Bud last weekend. They also kept their No. 3 ranking in The Associated Press' Arkansas High School football poll. The Bears face a tougher opponent this week in the Riverview Raiders of Searcy.
Last week, the Raiders bested Bald Knob 20-6 and are 3-1 overall. Quarterback David Lee complete 9 of 19 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, both to Kirklan Pettis, who hauled in six passes for 72 yards on the night. The Raiders leading ground gainer was Tielyr Fulgham, who rushed 29 times for 70 yards.
Five separate players scored touchdowns for the Bears. Jarrod Chandler ran the opening kickoff 71 yards for the first score of the night followed by a 48-yard run by Cameron Anderson, a 7-yard run by Chajobie Fulcher, a 9-yard run by quarterback Laquarius Hall; and a 35 yard pass from Hall to Justice Cole.
Justin Wilson tacked on a 28-yard field goal.
Barton won last year's meeting 45-19 at Frank McClellan Field.
Des Arc, 2-2, comes to Marvell, 0-4, having knocked off Clarendon, 44-14. Meanwhile the Mustangs suffered its 20 plus consecutive loss, falling to Hazen, 51-6.
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All kickoffs are slated for 7 p.m.