In a classic come-from-behind victory played November 1, 2013, Kevin Jones’ late field goal lifted the Greenwood (Arkansas) High School football team to an exciting 23-21 road win over Conway (Arkansas) High School.
The Conway Wampus Cats hope to enjoy the opposite outcome when they visit the Bulldogs this Friday.
According to Conway head coach Clint Ashcraft, this week’s game could shape up as another hard-fought and exciting contest.
“Greenwood is a great team and they have a great program,” Ashcraft said. “They do not lose very often. It is going to take a great effort to win this ballgame. From our side, our strengths are our offensive line and running backs – we have several returners in those spots this year.
“Among our top players is 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior quarterback Breylin Smith, who is having a great year so far. Through our first four games, he has completed 60-of-95 pass attempts for 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns.”
“Wide receiver/kicker Matt Cummins has 15 catches for 192 yards, has 25-of-27 touchbacks on kickoffs, and is perfect so far on PATs. And 5-10, 198-pound senior free safety Colin Condit has 50 tackles and three pass breakups in four games.”
On the opposite sideline, Greenwood head coach Rick Jones has tremendous respect for this week’s opponent.
“We are definitely the underdog in this game ‑ nothing different for us,” Jones began. “We are the 32nd-largest school in the state and Conway is in the top five. They have several Division I athletes and are a well-coached football team. We have to play a clean game and keep it close to the end. Last year, we kicked a last-second field goal to win after being behind most of the night.”
“Our basic strength is that our kids know how to prepare to play the game. While we don’t return a lot of starters from last year, our kids have a great tradition to uphold and they work hard to be the best team they can be.
“On offense, senior quarterback Reid Wheeler is 74-for-102 for 907 yards, with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Sharing the backfield with him is 5-11, 175-pound junior running back Jordan Green, who has 76 carries for 420 yards and six touchdowns.”
“We also have two wide receivers that are enjoying great years, with junior Garrett Collins who has 19 receptions for 322 yards and four touchdowns, and senior Kevin Jones (coach Rick Jones’ son) with 25 catches for 200 yards and one touchdown.”
“On the defensive side of the ball, 5-9, 198-pound sophomore linebacker Austin Collins has 29 tackles, while 6-0, 275-pound senior defensive lineman Korban Waldemar has 27 tackles.”