The fortunes of two Phillips County high school football teams in all probability will go entirely different directions this Friday night.

 

The fortunes of two Phillips County high school football teams in all probability will go entirely different directions this Friday night.
The Barton Bears will travel to Rose Bud to take on the 2-3 Ramblers after being thoroughly thumped, 38-14, by the 2-3A Conference leading Harding Academy Wildcats. Meanwhile, the Central Cougars return to the friendly confines of Cad Polk Stadium to battle the Watson Chapel Wildcats in a 5A Southeast Conference contest. The Cougars are coming off a disappointing 28-18 loss to Little Rock Mills despite one of their best performances of the season.
Coach Russell Smith rolled the dice last Friday by playing several sophomores and juniors rather than some of the “more experienced” seniors. The inexperienced crew will have their hands full this weekend when Watson Chapel rolls into town. The Wildcats were the preseason favorites to win the 5A-Southeastern Conference with the Cougars picked as runners up.
Things have not exactly worked out like the “experts” predicted.  In what was expected to be a showcase showdown contest, Central comes limping into the game with a 1-5 overall mark and a 1-2 conference log. A loss to the Wildcats will almost kill any dreams of playoff possibilities for the so far under achieving Cougars.
Watson Chapel is 3-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The Wildcats are coming off a 49-15 drubbing of Monticello, a team that Central lost to by a score of 47-14. Before that they defeated North Pulaski 59-6. Central also downed the Falcons by a lopsided score of 43-6.
The Cougars and Wildcats did not play each other in 2009.
If the Cougars play like they did against Mills this could be an interesting contest. At least on paper, the Wildcats appear to be a little stronger than the Cougars.
Watson Chapel 35, Central 21

You can bet that the Rose Bud Ramblers remember the 49-8 thrashing they took at the hands of the Barton Bears a year ago. The scenario is the same in 2010. The Bears came home to trample Rose Bud following a serious shellacking by Harding Academy in 2009. They will probably take their frustrations out on the Ramblers again this season.
Rose Bud (2-4, 1-2) is coming off consecutive 2-3A Conference losses – 43-20 to Mayflower, (1-5), and 39-7 to Riverview, (4-2, 2-0.)
Barton played Harding Academy tough in the first half, scoring a pair of touchdowns and staying within three points, 17-14 at the half. The wheels came off the wagon in the second half when the Wildcats reeled off 21 unanswered points to win going away at 38-14. The Bears got their usual reliable offensive performance from Torrious Burton, who scored the Bears lone two touchdowns.
The Ramblers won’t pose much opposition for the Bears this week.
Barton 52, Rose Bud 14