SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Yellowjackets enter Friday’s game against Pine Bluff with about as much momentum as possible after pasting Little Rock Hall, 46-0, last week.

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Yellowjackets enter Friday’s game against Pine Bluff with about as much momentum as possible after pasting Little Rock Hall, 46-0, last week.


"You need any help and any advantage you can hope for against a team like Pine Bluff," said Sheridan head coach Louis Campbell. "They’ve got great talent, they’re a great football team and they have great coaches."


Even with the added confidence of winning its first game since Week 1, Campbell knows the Warriors aren’t in the same class as the Zebras. Pine Bluff (6-2, 5-0 in 6A-South) showed as much when it obliterated Hall on Oct. 17 by a 63-0 final score.


"Hall is playing with a lot of young players," Campbell said. "It’s not like playing against Pine Bluff."


Playing against the Zebras, Campbell said the Jackets (2-6, 1-4) will "need to be at our best" as they face a tall task in just trying to hang with the team Hootens.com has ranked No. 1 in 6A.


"We need for them to have a flat tire on their bus or have half of them miss the game," Campbell said with a laugh. "… But really for us to have a chance to win the ballgame, we’ll need to play better than we have ever played this year."


Earlier this week, Pine Bluff head coach Bobby Bolding expressed some misgivings about having to defend Sheridan’s rushing attack, something that if done successfully, could help the Jackets stay in the game.


Campbell, though, wasn’t as upbeat about the Jackets’ chances of being able to control the clock and shorten the game when they face the Zebras at 7 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium.


"Ideally, that’s how it would work," he said, "but it doesn’t always work that way. But we know this offense gives us the best chance to win."


On the other side of the ball, Campbell said his defense will have to play its absolute best to keep Sheridan close due to Pine Bluff’s newly found dual-threat ability. In recent years, teams have had enough trouble trying to stop the Zebras’ running game, but Ladarius Skelton’s development at quarterback has added a solid passing dimension to the Pine Bluff offense.


"They are good enough they can beat you with both, or either one, really," Campbell said. "That makes it tough to prepare against."


After Friday night, a road game at Texarkana is all that remains on the schedule for Sheridan. A win over the Razorbacks would likely be enough to get the Jackets into the 6A playoffs as the South’s No. 6 seed.


With that in mind, a victory over Pine Bluff would go a long way toward helping Sheridan reach the playoffs, too, but staying competitive against the Zebras is also quite vital for Campbell’s team.


"Obviously, we want to come out of the game with a win," the coach said. "But bottom line, we need to compete and get out of there and still have our self-confidence intact. We need to be able to compete with them and sustain some drives. Basically, not get dominated."