WM Wonder at Forrest City, 7 p.m.
Running awayForrest City senior tailback Bryan Allen (25) escapes from a Pine Bluff Dollarway tackler during Friday’s nonconference game played at Sam Smith Stadium. Allen ran for 264 yards and two touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 38-36 loss to the Cardinals. Photo by Fred Conley.
The Kane County Cougars defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4-3 in 13 innings last Thursday to win the best-of-three first-round Midwest League playoff series and end Wisconsin’s season.
Big plays early and a three-touchdown performance from Keshawn Williams propelled the Dollarway Cardinals – the No. 3 team in Class 4A according to Hooten’s Arkansas Football – to a 42-18 road victory over Helena-West Helena Friday.
In what is believed to be a first-time ever regular season matchup Dollarway brings their show to Sam Smith Stadium Friday to face the Forrest City Mustangs.
Until this morning, Forrest City coach Rich Trail and his staff had not been able to watch any game film of the Cardinals, and were basically flying blind into Friday’s matchup.
“We’ve been trying to exchange film the last few days,” Trail said. “But finally this morning we have the Dollarway-Helena-West Helena game on line.”
Trail said Dollarway is big up front along the lines and very athletic.
“They will be a big test for us,” Trail added. “And then next week, we will host Helena-West Helena for the annual Forrest City Athletic Hall of Fame Game.
Williams, coming off a 1,300 yard rushing season in 2013, put Dollarway on the board first against Helena-West Helena on a 45-yard touchdown run.
He is being scouted by Arkansas State, Memphis and Missouri.
Dollarway junior Markel Scott scored on a 61-yard run in the first quarter. Scott ran for 625 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
Just for good measure, Dollarway seniors Keyshun Cross, James Smith and Simeon Blair who scored just before the half against Helena-West Helena add depth to the backfield.
Through the air, Dollarway is led by senior receivers Henri Murphy and Jaylin Crutchfield.
Helena-West Helena scored in the second half to avoid the shutout.
Scott added a second score for the Cardinals on a 39-yard run with 5:12 to play.
Helena-West Helena returns to the Forrest City season schedule this year for the first time since the 2009 season, which produced a 31-27 Mustangs victory.
Helena-West Helena is playing in the Forrest City Hall of Fame Game for the first time since the game was designated as such in 2000.
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The Forrest City JV Mustangs shut out West Memphis 26-0 in their season-opener Monday at Sam Smith Stadium.
Kendriel Johnson scored twice for the Mustangs and added a two-point conversion, while Keyontae Smith hauled in a touchdown pass from quarterback DeShaun Elliott. Tarik Jones added a touchdown run.
The game ended under a dark cloud with 1:53 left when Forrest City sophomore tailback and defensive end Nick Nead suffered a broken leg.
“We don’t know just how bad it is yet,” Trail said. “We just know he has a broken bone. He’s going to see a specialist on Thursday.
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Wynne built a 50-0 halftime lead Friday against Marion and went on to win their season-opener 64-7 over the Patriots.
Ranked second in Class 5A, the Yellowjackets held Marion to just seven total yards in the first half. Wynne scored four defensive touchdowns in the rout.
Wynne will play at Tunica, Miss. Friday and will host West Memphis next week.
Forrest City will face Wynne on Oct. 31, at Yellowjacket Stadium.
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After losing to Wynne big in a preseason scrimmage, Searcy handed Greene County Tech a 53-0 shellacking on Friday.
Searcy scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and went on to claim the lop-sided victory.
Greene County Tech quarterback Tyson Bayird had just 45 passing yards, while running back London Word had just nine yards on the ground.
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Brookland scored 22 combined points in the second and third quarters Friday to hold off Class AA Clarendon 30-26.
Clarendon, which plays from the 6AA Conference, led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter, before Brookland put up 16 second quarter points to take a 24-20 halftime lead. Brookland added a third quarter touchdown.
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The Forrest City seventh grade Colts will play a preseason jamboree tonight at West Memphis West beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Despite what the season schedules show, the Forrest City eighth grade Colts will not participate in the jamboree.
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Palestine-Wheatley will not play a seventh grade game Thursday at Brinkley. Only the Junior Patriots, 1-0, will play.
The senior Patriots, coming off a season-opening 34-20 win at Rector on Friday, will host Brinkley on Friday.
After losing last week’s 5A-East Conference match to Batesville in straight sets (25-7, 25-4 and 25-6) the Forrest City Lady Mustangs will host Wynne today in conference matches at Mustang Arena.
WEST MEMPHIS — Forrest City head football coach Rich Trail agreed with virtually everyone’s opinion that Friday’s 42-41 season-opening loss against West Memphis was a great game.
In their season-opening game at Rector Friday, Palestine-Wheatley junior tailback Devonte Jordan scored three touchdowns to help the Patriots to a 34-20 victory over Rector.
In an appearance Wednesday night at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church men’s meeting, Forrest City coach Rich Trail really didn’t single out tonight’s 7 p.m. season-opening nonconference game at West Memphis’ Hamilton-Schultz Stadium.
Unofficially, freshman running back Tantae Wright ran for 175 yards and scored three, first-half touchdowns Thursday to lead the Forrest City Junior Mustangs past West Memphis West 26-16 in the season opener at Friendship Field.
Forrest City’s Curt Coleman shot a 40 Thursday in high school nine-hole golf matches played at Bald Knob.
Forrest City Junior Mustangs coach Stan Siler said his team is tired of hitting each other and tired of getting ready to open the season.