Pine Bluff taking on Jacksonville
Even after wrapping up the No. 1 seed out of the 6A East and securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Pine Bluff Zebras aren't done with their regular season slate just yet.
Today, the Zebras will take their eight-game win streak on the road to face off against the Jacksonville Titans.
The Titans are under the stewardship of their fourth-year head coach Barry Hickingbotham. This Jacksonville team has competed with teams throughout the conference, allowing them their first playoff berth since 2014.
Pine Bluff Head Coach Bobby Bolding can see the jump that the Titans have made since they last played, and a lot of this has to do with the guys up front.
"They're much improved," Bolding said. "They're better at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Their quarterback can wheel and deal, and he's going to present problems back in the pocket."
Although the Zebras have accomplished a few goals, winning a conference championship still hasn't been checked off. At worst, the Zebras can have a share of the conference title, but without a doubt Bolding and company would love to win it out-right.
"We ain’t resting nobody," Bolding said.
Last week the Zebras ran the ball right at West Memphis, and junior Braylon Moody was productive, racking up 137 yards rushing and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Foots continues to prove that he has the ability to hurt teams more than one way.
Against West Memphis, Foots completed 6/11 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Foots also recorded 71 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
Foots has a couple of seniors that he can look to as go-to guys in Diaundre Ellison and Jyrimee Thompson.
The Zebras’ defense has only given up a combined 19 points in the last two games.
For Jacksonville, their offense is run through their senior quarterback Hardarrius Martin.
In the backfield along with Martin is his fellow classmate, all-6A East running back Shawn Ellis.
"It centers around him," Bolding said of Martin. "They're very similar to us offensively. They do have a pretty good tail back and good receivers. Mainly, they're just a lot better up front on both sides of the ball."
Pine Bluff and Jacksonville are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Dollarway hosting Warren
For senior night, the Dollarway Cardinals will face what's arguably their toughest test of the season when the Warren Lumberjacks come to town.
The Lumberjacks haven't loss since their first game of the season in the month of August. In four out of their six conference games played the Lumberjacks only allowed no more than eight points to their opponent.
Warren will represent the 8-4A region as the No. 1 seed, but they haven't cemented a conference title just yet as the Dumas Bobcats are one game back.
Standout junior Treylon Burks is one of many athletes that the Lumberjacks have, but he leads the way. Burks is naturally a wide-receiver, but this year he's done whatever the team has needed him to do in order to succeed. Burks currently holds offers from Arkansas and Ole Miss.
The Lumberjacks have a lot ahead of them, while this will be the Cardinals last chance this season to take the zero out of the win column.
Dollarway Head Coach Lee Hardman and his guys want this night to be special for the seniors, but at the same time they are aware of the challenge they face. Warren Head Coach Bo Hembree has built a highly recognized program, and their pedigree speaks for itself.
"Warren is probably the odds-favorite to win the state again," Hardman said. "We know what kind of program Bo has, and we know it'll be the toughest ball game of the year."