TODAY’S TICKET: Booneville vs Mansfield
GAME: Booneville (6-0, 3-0 Conference 3A-1) vs Mansfield (6-0, 3-0)
MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Mansfield Tigers
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 at Bearcat Stadium
SERIES: Booneville leads 58-16-3 (0.773)
LAST MEETING: Booneville 21 Mansfield 14 on Oct. 23, 2015
LAST WEEK: Booneville beat Greenland 62-34; Mansfield beat Charleston 22-10
STREAK: Booneville has won last 19
FIRST MEETING: Booneville 19 Mansfield 0 in 1921
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Both are 3A-1
NOTES: The Bearcat defense allowed 27 points in the first half last week but responded with a throttling effort in the second half.
Through six games the Bearcats have now intercepted 14 passes. Gabe Fennell joined the interception club last week at Greenland and Ethan Dobbs snagged his third of the year, tying him with Michael Hesson and Ian Suttles.
The single game interception record in a game by the Bearcats came against Mansfield in 2001 when there were seven, with three by Nathan Adair, two by Brad West and one each by Bryan Taylor and Nathan Waters.
Carson Ray had a career high five touchdown last week, becoming only the eighth Bearcat to score at least five times in a game. If you’re curious, that list does not include his father, Allen “Gator” Ray.
With two touchdown passes last week Evan Schlinker now has six on the season. If you’re wondering, his father, John, never threw that many in a season.
THIS DATE IN BEARCAT HISTORY: The Bearcats are 8-4 all time in games played on Oct. 12.
Roy Jack Tomlin, Jr. ran 85 yards for a touchdown against Greenwood on Oct. 12, 1979 and John Schlinker went 78 for one against Mena on Oct. 5, 1990.
Cody Harrel ran for 185 yards in a 22-21 loss to Mena on Oct. 12 2012; Bryan Taylor had 163 on the ground against Waldron in a 49-7 win in 2001; Tomlin had 149 against Greenwood in the 12-7 win over Greenwood in 1979 and Jonathan Davis had a 138 yard game against Mena in a 26-0 win in 1990.
There are also a pair of standout defensive games on Oct. 12. The defense recorded nine sacks in a 17-8 win over Dover on Oct. 12, 1984 and there were seven sacks in the Oct. 12, 2001 game against Waldron.
LAST NIGHT: The Booneville Junior High Bearats scored on their first four possessions and led 32-0, which was the final at Mansfield. The win moved the Bearcats above .500 for the first time this season at 4-3. Randon Ray and Rocky Ross both ran for two touchdowns.
Rylen Ray and Dax Goff both ran for two touchdowns in the seventh grade game for the Bearcats, who won 30-6, to improve to 7-1 on the season.