BY NORM BETZ –
The Mena Bearcats had a productive summer as well as Red and Black Scrimmage and are eager to get their 2015 campaign started. The defending 4A State Runner-up Bearcats are ready to do battle on the gridiron, which kicks off this Friday, September 4, at Randall Whorton Field. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m., and will feature the Bearcats against 5A De Queen.
The Bearcats have had to work extremely hard this summer after losing nearly every skilled position player on offense to graduation last year. “We lost a lot of our skilled players, players that handled the ball for us, last year,” said Mena head football coach Tim Harper. “We’re ready to line up against someone other than ourselves, and do some hitting.” The Bearcats did however, return several defensive players from a year ago.
Mena defeated the Leopards last season, 41-21, to kickoff the start of the season, but De Queen leads the overall record between the two schools, with nine wins and five losses for the Bearcats.
After a record-setting season last year, the Bearcats are looking forward to notching their first victory of the season and are also looking forward to the same kind of fan support they had last year. Mena finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 12-3, while going 5-2 in conference play. The Bearcats won six games in front of the hometown fans, while dropping a pair of games. Mena won four games on the road and lost only one last season. The Bearcats lost to Warren, 41-14 in last year’s 4A State Championship.
De Queen on the other hand, finished the 2014 season with just one victory, while losing nine games. The Leopards only win came in week nine against Magnolia, a 21-20 win. De Queen finished 1-6 in their conference, 1-4 at home and 0-5 on the road.
Get to the stadium this Friday night and support the Bearcats, as they try to build on the success they achieved just one season ago. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. You can also check out the new visitors’ bleachers added this off-season.