It's the little things that concern first-year Paris football coach Tyler Clark.

Where to be, showing up on time for practice. And, of course, understanding the play.

For the Eagles, the process is just beginning.

"It may not sound like much, but we want to get two out of 10 plays right, and then the next day get three or four out of 10 right," Clark said. "I see progress, it's just taking time."

The Eagles will get a better sense of where they're at next week when they scrimmage Subiaco Academy and Johnson County Westside.

Clark said George Poole has already won the starting quarterback job.

"Poole is going to be our quarterback," the coach said. "We're making good progress, it's just taking time."

Sophomore Anthony Potts is making a push to start at safety, Clark said.

Sophomore Eli Fore is making a similar bid at running back.

"He's a kid we weren't sure would get many reps," Clark said. "But he's really making a strong bid."

Ozark

The Ozark Hillbillies have had two good weeks of practice.

Then again, coach Jeremie Burns' squad began practice already ahead of the curve.

"We've been working at it all summer at camps and 7-on-7," he said. "I feel good about the guys coming back, and I have some younger guys that are going help us. That's going to help us with our depth."

The Hillbillies open 4A-4 with Mena. First, they'll have to survive a tough nonconference slate.

"Nonconference keeps you on an even keel," the coach said. "We're playing Booneville the first game; they've been a strong team for a long time. They've got a lot of guys back. Clarksville is our second big rivalry game; they're huge up front.

"Then you go into Charleston, and they've been beating us the last few years. It'll get us ready for our conference games."

Lavaca

Golden Arrows coach Brian Schlinker isn't ready to name his 2018 starting quarterback.

But he sure likes having two players locked in a battle.

Seniors Tyler Armistead and Jimmy Hall are about as close as you can be.

"Hall and Armistead are still 50/50," Schlinker said. "Both are doing an excellent job running our new offensive scheme.

"(But) neither has distanced himself from the other; both give us a great chance to be successful."

The Golden Arrows, who scrimmage Fountain Lake and Waldron next week, open the season Aug. 31 against Subiaco Academy.

"I like where we are after the first two weeks," Schlinker said. "Great attitudes, lots of competition for positions. (The) numbers are up, which helps with depth but also makes everyone push more to get on the field.

"We have a long way to go, but we have made good progress so far."

Booneville

The Booneville Bearcats will open the season in two weeks as the No. 1 team in 3A.

To keep the ranking is simple: play as one.

"Trust the process," senior quarterback Brandon Ulmer said. "In a sense of getting better as a team each and every week, and not looking ahead but taking it one game at a time."

The Bearcats have a tough nonconference slate, which beings with disciplined Clarksville Aug. 24.

"A big key for us will be making sure we are in the best shape possible," Ulmer said. "Our nonconference schedule consists of higher (classification) schools, which will have more players rolling in, and players just playing one side of the ball."

Cedarville

Cedarville will scrimmage Magazine next Friday (Aug. 17) and play its first game the following week (Aug. 24) at home with Johnson County Westside.

The Pirates head to Mountainburg for the Battle of North Crawford County on Aug. 31.

"It's a good rivalry and it's always a fun game," Pirates coach Max Washausen. "We're already starting to look at both Westside and Mountainburg as we're preparing to start the season."

The Pirates have 26 players on the roster this season, including the class of sophomores who won the 3A-4 Junior High Conference title.

Mansfield

Mansfield coach Craig Bentley has all the pieces in place.

"We had a pretty good week of practice," the coach said. "We have 26 players, but they are the right 26. They are doing everything we ask them to do and more; they understand the game."

The Tigers' coach jumped at the chance to play during zero week. In fact, Mansfield will play Hackett on Aug. 23, a full day before some teams open up.

Quarterback Ethan Stovall and a horde of play-making receivers have the Tigers' chomping at the bits.

"We have some technique issues to clear up on both sides of the ball, but that is all correctable, and we will get better at that each day," Bentley said. "The biggest hurdle we have to overcome is lapses in mental toughness. We can't let one bad play turn into another bad play."

Mountainburg

The Dragons have a new home. Well, sort of.

Construction was completed during the spring on a new fieldhouse/concession stand which sits behind the north end zone.

The new building also doubles as a tornado safe room.

"When we got to looking, there was all this space in the laundry room," Dragons coach Tom Harrell said. "So, we decided to make that our office and use the other room for supplies. We got plenty of room now."

The Dragons open the 2018 season against Crawford County rival Cedarville.