Mena High School Head Football Coach Tim Harper was last week’s speaker at the Mena Lions Club.
Coach Harper informed the Lions Club that he was excited because there is a renewed interest in football in Mena. He said the Mena Youth Football Association and the Bearcat Foundation for donating over $7,000 to the high school program for practice equipment.
Harper said the Bearcats have eight starters returning from last year’s team. He said the coaches felt they would be pretty good this season and the change in conference should also help.
Harper said the Bearcats are playing in the 4-4A along with Dardanelle, Dover, Elkins, Ozark, Pottsville, Subiaco Academy and Waldron. He said the 4-4A is an old school league where they will run 140 to 150 plays per game. He stated the 7-4A conference averages between 180 to 210 plays per game.
Harper said the Bearcats plan to run a hurry-up offense. He also stated he plans to switch quarterbacks during a drive depending on the down and yardage situation.
The defense will line up in an odd-stack set. Harper said the biggest challenge for the Bearcat defense this season is matching the physicality that they would face each week in the 4-4A conference.
Harpers also reported the Bob Carver Foundation donated $200,000 to resurface the track, replace the fence and renovate the press box this summer.