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The last regular season trip by Booneville to Atkins was in 1995 (there was a playoff game in Atkins in 1998), which was a one-year agreement to get Arkansas on the same scheduling cycle years as neighboring states. Booneville Schools Superintendent Trent Goff played in that game. His son, Dax is a sophomore for the Bearcats this year.
Last year the Bearcats and Red Devils met at Bearcat Stadium for the first time since 1984.
• MASCOTS: Booneville Bearcats; Atkins Red Devils
• WHEN: 7 p.m., October 22 at Sorrels Stadium at Lemley Field
• SERIES: Booneville leads 13-7 (.650)
• LAST MEETING: Booneville 43 Atkins 14 on October 23, 2020
• STREAK: Booneville has won last 2
• FIRST MEETING: Atkins won 14-0 in 1943
• CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Both are 3A-4
THIS DATE IN BEARCAT FOOTBALL HISTORY: October 22 has been a bit odd for the Bearcat program with losses in their first 6 games documented on the date, and wins in the last 6.
The now 6-game winning streak on October 15s began, ironically, against Atkins in 1976 (32-15). October 15, 1993 would be the final game at Morgan Field in Paris with the South Logan County rival Bearcats in the house. The Bearcats punched the Eagles lights out 42-13 behind 158 rushing yards by Joey Ballin and 174 passing yards by Jake Shackleford, including 95 yards to Josh Jones. There are also two 4 touchdown games on October 15, one by Brandon Rowland against Clarksville in 1999 and one by Weston Hughes against Waldron in 2010.
NOTES: The Bearcats forced a three fumbles last week – Baptist Prep put it on the ground five times total – but didn’t get any of them as one went out of bounds and the rest were recovered by the Eagles. Both teams had one turnover in the game – the Eagles recovered a fumble and Randon Ray intercepted a pass leaving the turnover margin for the season at +10 for the Bearcats.
Penalties are still an issue as the Bearcats reached double digits in flags for the third time. Through the seven games that have been played the Bearcats have 67 penalties for 567 yards. Opponents have combined for 49 penalties, but those covered just 330 yards. Further, the penalties have given opponents nine first downs, or 12.2 percent of all first downs allowed, while opposing penalties have give the Bearcats seven first down, only 4.8 percent of all first downs earned.