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(November 3, 2014)
Well Pine Bluff turned out to be all we thought they would be: big, physical, fast, and athletic. Except for one two drives the second half, they played "most" of their 2's. Unfortunately, they probably could have named the score. The amazing thing about their team is they only have a couple of seniors on each side of the ball starting. That pretty well sums up the game right there. However, we did have some people that played well and deserved to be mentioned.
Friday night was Senior Night for our Fall Sports. We had eleven seniors honored, one being the Most Valuable Player on Senior Night. That was Brandon Bennett our quarterback. He was 5 of 9 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 18 times for 60 yards and two more touchdowns. Brandon has had an up and down career and it was rewarding to see him play like this on Senior Night and receive this award. He was also our Farm Bureau Player of the Game as well. Congratulations to Brandon and his family. On a sad note, Brian Canada had spent all fall recovering from a knee injury (starting offensive lineman). He had played the last two games, then re-injured the knee again Friday night and will miss the remaining game (or games) we have left. He has had a very rough Senior Year but through it all has kept a positive attitude and been at every practice to help or do whatever he could. Another player that I mentioned briefly last week, I think deserves to be mentioned and told about. Eli Anderson started the year at B Back (fullback). That position is our main ball carrier, along with the QB. He hurt his hip-flexor muscle several weeks ago and is still not full speed. He willingly moved to a slot position that doesn't carry the ball near as much but does catch some passes but mainly blocks. He has taken great pride and has become our best blocker. That takes a lot of caring about "Team" to have that kind of attitude. There are other stories like that but space doesn't permit them all.
Defensively, Chris Wheeler led our team in tackles with 11 and one tackle for a loss. Brady Bibb led the secondary with 6 tackles and Maleek Caton our defensive line with 9 tackles. Also, Brady Bibb did an excellent job of punting and placing the ball exactly where we wanted him to. The only problem was we couldn't tackle them after they picked it up. Offensively, Brockton Brown had his sixth 100 yard plus game out of the last seven games. That happens because our offensive line is coming together and getting better each week. Dakota Stone and Hunter Hughes were our highest grading offensive linemen.
We go to Texarkana Friday night. If we beat Texarkana we go to the Playoffs. If we lose, that is the end of the season. I expect our team to be ready to go and fight for that Playoff position. It's a long trip but I hope you can go support us. The 8th and 9th game play their last game of the season this Tuesday night at Hot Springs Lakeside starting at 5:30 and 7:00. The 7th grade is finished. Thanks for all of your support through this past year. And remember, "it ain't over yet!"
Head Football CoachSheridan High School