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Bearcats Defeat Trojans – Victory Bell Renamed Crane’s Bell

Arvest and Country Express joined together to offer a fish-fry fundraiser for the Bearcat Foundation to benefit the Mena Marching Bearcat Band. Above, Eugene Taff of Country Express, is shown delivering a tray of fresh fried fish as Jennifer Graves, of Arvest, assists with serving.
Arvest and Country Express joined together to offer a fish-fry fundraiser for the Bearcat Foundation to benefit the Mena Marching Bearcat Band. Above, Eugene Taff of Country Express, is shown delivering a tray of fresh fried fish as Jennifer Graves, of Arvest, assists with serving.

BY LEANN DILBECK –

The Mena Bearcat’s were victorious in their first home game of the season as they hosted the Hot

Springs Trojans in Friday night action with a final score of 22-21. Fan support was strong amid cool and misty conditions at Mena’s Bearcat Stadium.

The Bearcat’s are 2-0 and are proving to be a second half team, entering half-time behind the first two games of the season, but returning to the field and keeping fans on the edge of their seats for nail biting action before ultimately crushing the opposing team.

“How about them Cardiac Cats,” said Head Coach Tim Harper following the win. “God sure is good! These kids played their hearts out! I’m so proud of everyone of them!”

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Prior to the game was a touching ceremony honoring Mr. Craig Crane. Former classmates, co-workers, and students lined the field as the former victory bell from Boyd Stadium was re-named “Crane Bell.” Crane lost a long but courageous battle with cancer earlier this year.

P.T. Plunkett shared the following during the ceremony:

“Even back to the days across town at historic Boyd Stadium, Crane loved the victory bell. He loved to cranes-bellhear it ring knowing it meant something good for the Bearcats. He rang the bell in October of 1986 when he helped the Bearcats upset 6th ranked Ashdown on Homecoming night in one of the biggest upsets in Bearcat history. Crane rumbled 53 yards for the game-winning touchdown and made what seemed like every single tackle from his defensive line position. He was named All-District in 1986 and will always be known as one of the fiercest lineman to ever wear the red and black.”

Plunkett continued, “In recent years, he always encouraged the student-athlets to take pride in ringing the bell because it always meant good news for the Bearcats. High School activities are about tradition; and tonight with the support of the Mena School administration and the love of his co-workers, students and friends, we forever re-name the bell as Crane’s Bell. From now on, when there is a touchdown, goal, victory, graduation, or any other reason to celebrate, it will heretofore be known as ‘ringing Crane’s Bell’ and will be a high honor for any Bearcat or Ladycat.”

To WATCH the MyPulseNews TV archived film of the exciting action, just click here:Mena vs. Hot Springs

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