After coming off another successful season that led the Bearcats to the 4A Playoffs in 2016, Tim Harper and the Bearcats are looking towards another playoff run in 2017. The team will be returning several starters from both sides of the ball, including players at key positions offensively and defensively. “We have lost some good players, but we are also bringing back several of our guys. We have several that will be three year starters along with some young guys we will plug in. We are going to be just fine,” says Coach Tim Harper.
Since arriving on the scene in 2013, Coach Harper has led the Bearcats to be a regular contender in conference play and the team has made several appearances in the playoffs. The Bearcats are primed for another run this year, “We have the potential to be really special. I mean it, I really think if we stay healthy and guys keep the right attitude we are going to have a real opportunity,” remarks Harper. In order to compete at a high level, the Bearcats will have to navigate another tough conference schedule that is as hard as any in the state. Mena will face off against their rival DeQueen in the regular season and home opener, September 1, 2017.
The Bearcats are currently on break as they finish out the Arkansas Athletic Associations state wide dead period that ends July 10. After returning from the dead period, the team will continue in their summer conditioning program and gear up for fall practice that will begin August 2 at 7 a.m. For further Bearcat football news, look to a future edition of the Pulse.