Sep 21, 2017
by Chase Gage
GOSNELL, ARK — The undefeated Bearcats will travel to Gosnell to take on the Pirates in the first 4A-3 game of the season.
Brookland will be looking to make a statement to the rest of the 4A-3 conference, while Gosnell will be looking to put their season on the right track.
The Gosnell Pirates come into this game with an 0-3 record, but don’t be fooled. The Pirates played a treacherous non-conference schedule, traveling to Newport, Osceola and Rivercrest. They lost those three games by a combined 15 points, including a loss to Osceola by a score of 29-28.
The Bearcats had no trouble in non-conference play, having outscored their opponents 128-34 over three weeks. Corning accounted for 22 of those points in week 2.
For this matchup, throw all stats and records out the window. When conference play starts, it’s a new season.
The Gosnell offense has struggled in the passing game and averages a lowly 14 points per game. Their running game is their best offensive asset, as they average 244 yards per game on the ground.
Running back Brian Denkins leads the rushing attack, averaging 121.7 yards per game (and a solid 7.2 yards per attempt) and is backed up by fellow running back JyDarian Young, who averages 55.0 yards per game. This is a tough duo to stop.
When you take into account quarterback Brandon Partee, who averages 36.7 yards a game on the ground, you’ve got a trio of trouble in the backfield.
The Gosnell defense is very stout this season, giving up only 19 points per game against tough competition.
Brookland comes into the game averaging nearly 43 points per game. The least they’ve scored in a contest is 37 in the opener against Cedar Ridge (full article here).
Their defense is just as intimidating. Through three games, they are only allowing 11 points per game to opposing offenses. Can they keep up this trend into conference play?
Since their football program was started in 2013, the Bearcats have never beaten Gosnell, who holds a 5-0 all time record against Brookland.
Both teams will look to start conference play off on the right foot. This could make for a great start to the conference football season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 P.M. at Gosnell High School Friday night.