Poyen, Harmony Grove have first varsity football game

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    Here at War Memorial, Benton and Bryant high schools will go head to head tonight as they do each and every year. Just thirty miles down the road, two schools -Poyen and Harmony Grove will be doing the same.

    However for them, it will be the first time in history a varsity team will take the field. Friday night lights in the south, where football's king.

    The hits. The excitement. The adrenaline pumping. But that adrenaline's kicked up a notch for two Arkansas high schools this year.

    "Practice is longer, film sessions go longer and Thursday practices are much more intense than they used to be," says Poyen Coach Ben Brocker.

    You see this will be the first time Brocker will coach a Poyen High varsity football game and the first time his players will play one.

    "Basically building from the ground up from scratch," he says.

    Zach Villarreal, a senior at Poyen, has waited four years for this chance. "Even though it's my last year it's my first varsity season. It's going to be great."

    And just twenty miles down the road, at Harmony Grove High School, the same situation.

    The field sits where the two will go head to head on Friday night, home of the Harmony Grove Cardinals. Win or lose they say it's one that will go down in the history books.

    We sat down with head football coach of the Cardinals and no stranger to the game, Red Parker. "I've had enough of winning and I know what it's like, so I want to be successful."

    We asked him if he expects everything to run smoothly Friday. "Whenever you have violence involved you don't expect everything to go perfect," he says.

    Perfect or not, for these two teams, it will be a night to remember. Both schools are playing on the 3A level.

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