It's time to renew the Highway 270 rivalry game as the White Hall Bulldogs travel to take on the Sheridan Yellowjackets Friday night.
White Hall Head Coach Mike Vaughn, who is in his 16th season at the helm, knows that no matter what else is going on within each program, both teams get pumped up for this game. Sheridan hasn't beaten White Hall since 2015, but Vaughn feels that this game can always go either way.
Sheridan second-year Head Coach Lance Parker picked up his first win as a Yellowjacket earlier this season, and Vaughn expects more wins for their program going forward.
"Sheridan always plays really well," Vaughn said. "We've been fortunate these past few years. They're better, stronger and faster. Parker has done a good job with them, and he's got a good group. It's going to be a good ball game."
Last week, the Searcy Lions weren't kind to the Yellowjackets, bashing them 42-0. The Yellowjackets only picked up 94 total yards as opposed to the week before when they picked up 381 total yards against Mountain Home.
The Bulldogs were slated to play the Crossett Golden Eagles last week, but they didn't get a chance as multiple lighting delays forced a cancellation. Of course, Vaughn and his players wanted to play, but he's looking at the bright side of the picture.
"It disappointed us, but it probably helped us," Vaughn said. "It helped as much as it hurt as far as coming out healthy. We'd love to have played the game, but we'll be fresh and ready to go this week."
White Hall senior quarterback Josh Looney completed 18/26 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in the only game that they've been able to play this year.
That was Aug. 31 against Dumas in a 34-21 loss.
Bulldogs junior running back Donte Buckner carried the ball 21 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns against Dumas as well. Coach Vaughn is giving the credit to the big guys up front for handling their business, and at this point, there's a lot of football to be played.
"Our offensive line did a good job that first game," Vaughn said. "Donte had a good night. Our offense did OK."
Since the Bulldogs didn't play last Friday, they were able to do more than usual this week on Monday.
"We were able to get more reps more than anything," Vaughn said. "Normally Monday is strictly running, and we did a little contact."
Trophy games mean more, and according to Vaughn, it'll come all the way down to the little things to decide the winner.
"I think they always play hard," Vaughn said. "It will come down to turnovers and the kicking game. They're big and strong, and they'll run over you. It'll be a major challenge."
The Highway 270 rivalry game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.