BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkadelphia defeats Benton 56-21 in the THV Showcase Game of the Week. Check out the video for full highlights of the game from THV 11's Mark Edwards.
The Benton Panthers lost eight games a year ago and one of those losses came at the hands of the Arkadelphia Badgers.
The Badgers averaged 35 points a game last year. Jakahari Howell and the Badgers will make the trip to Saline County this time and Benton head coach Scott Neathery knows at least one key to victory is stopping Howell.
"He's a great athlete. So that's the one thing you [have] to focus on. But the thing is, they've got a good running back also that I feel runs just as well as he does. So we [have] a tall order defensively. You know, the whole ball game we [have] a tall order. They may be a 4A team, but they're a very good 4A team. They'd beat a lot of the teams in the state," Neathery says.
As for the Badgers, they're picked to finish first in their conference. The Badgers are stepping up from class 4A to 7A/6A to play Benton.
Head Coach J.R. Eldridge says it's been a long camp and the Badgers are just ready to get out on the field and hit someone from another team right about now.
"Training camp has gone well. we had a good summer work out program and a lot of good team camps. So we were really excited about during that time, but now finally it's here. It's time to strap it on and play against somebody else. So, really, that's what we're looking forward to," says Eldridge.