The Mena Bearcats travelled to Dardanelle Friday night to take on the Sand Lizards for conference play in their final regular season game. In a hard fought game the Mena boys football team came up short against a strong Dardanelle team, losing 14-10. Dardanelle improved to 9-1 on the season while Mena falls to a very respectable 7-3 overall and 4-3 in conference. This sets Mena up to play Gosnell High School. Where is Gosnell? Drive about as far into the top right part of the state as you just about can. It’s spitting distance from Missouri and Mississippi, well north of Memphis and just outside of Blytheville. That’s five hours away. One way. This isn’t the best of circumstances for Mena to make such a long drive to play in such an important game, but it’s a game that Coach Bentley and staff will have the Bearcats up for. Enthusiasm is not something this team has a lack of.
The Gosnell Pirates are 5-5 overall and 5-2 in conference coming off a 36-30 loss to Westside of Jonesboro. The Pirates junior quarterback, Copper Pieri, has amassed 1,243 yards of passing this season with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions thrown. With 9 on his tally this shows he can be susceptible to throwing picks, something the Mena defense will be on the look out for. On paper the Pirates seem to keep the ball on the ground. Gosnell has rushed for 2,028 yards mostly on the backs of senior Jydarian Young and Sophomore Travelle Anderson who combined account for 1,865 of those yards. The winner will take on Crossett the following week. Crossett will have a by-week leading into the game.
The Bearcats take on Gosnell at 7pm Friday at Gosnell’s J.W. Rea Football Field Stadium. You can catch the game live on Classic Hits 105.3 with Phillip Wilson and Todd Aynes calling the action.