Bearcats and Bulldogs set for showdown
By Staff Report
It is has been a long time since a football game between Mena and Waldron has been a battle of the unbeatens, but that will be the case Friday when the Bulldogs (2-0) travel to Mena to take on the Bearcats (2-0).
The Bulldogs number priority is to stop or at least slow Mena's double-headed rushing attack of quarterback Carson Cannon (senior, 5-foot-11-inch, 185 pounds) and running back/receiver Justin Dean (senior, 6-foot-2-inch, 195 pounds). Cannon has ran 28 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns, while Dean has rushed for 288 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries.
The Bearcats passing game has not been as efficient as coach Tim Harper would like so far this season. Mena's quarterbacks have completed just 8-of-20 pass attempts for 120 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Bearcats also have strong, physical lines on both sides of the ball, that could poise a challenge for Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs should lean heavily on quarterback Trey Williams. He currently leads Class 4A in rushing with 379 yards on 23 carries for a staggering 16.5 average. He also rushed for five touchdowns in the process.
The Bearcats have defeated the Bulldogs the past 12 times the teams faced off. Mena has outscored Waldron 458-131 in those games.
Mena defeated De Queen (1-1) in week one 41-6, and they defeated Hot Springs (0-2) week two 29-18.
The Bearcats run their offense and defense out of multiple different sets.
Mena finished last season 6-5. They were eliminated in the opening round of state playoffs by Central Arkansas Christian.