Division II Report
Ulmer questionable for Bearcats
Booneville (6-1, 4-0) could be without its starting quarterback again when the Bearcats face Dardanelle (6-1, 4-0) Friday in a showdown between league leaders in the 4-4A Conference.
Brandon Ulmer did not play last week after he injured his knee during a game against Dover. He was replaced by sophomore Evan Schlinker, who guided Booneville to a 35-0 victory over Waldron. Schlinker scored on a 32-yard touchdown run and connected on all four of his passes.
“(Ulmer) will be a game-time decision on whether he’ll play,” Booneville coach Scott Hyatt said. “Evan did a good job last week running our offense and keeping his composure.”
Dardanelle also posted a shutout last week, defeating Subiaco Academy 59-0. The Sand Lizards are led by quarterback Elyas Carter, who rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns last week against the Trojans. He also threw a touchdown pass.
“Their quarterback runs well and he’s hard to get a hold of,” Hyatt said. “But they have several weapons and we’re going to have to tackle well to win the game.”
Flanagan returns for stretch run
It took one play for Sean Michael Flanagan to announce he was back.
Flanagan returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown as Charleston (7-0, 4-0) remained undefeated with a 42-7 victory over Lamar. Flanagan also caught four passes for 161 yards and two scores after missing three games because of an injury.
“It was good to have him back,” Charleston coach Greg Kendrick said. “He looked like his old self. He had an 82-yard touchdown that could’ve been on an ESPN highlight where six or seven guys missed him.”
Flanagan’s return comes at a great time for Charleston, which hosts Atkins (6-1, 4-0) in a matchup of top teams Friday in the 4-3A Conference. Atkins beat Cedarville 35-16 last week behind running back Greg Rehm, who rushed for 150 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Zack Harris added balance to the offense with 123 yards passing on 10 of 14 completions.
“They fling it around with their skill people and they’re impressive with their physicality,” Kendrick said. “Their offensive and defensive lines are as good as any one we’ve seen.”
Hornets, Dragons set for rematch
Hackett will get another shot at Mountainburg after losing 33-30 to the Dragons earlier this season.
Friday’s game at Hackett (4-2, 3-2) is a non-conference game after Mountainburg (6-1, 5-1) handed the Hornets a 4-2A Conference loss in Week 3. The teams play twice a year after Union Christian left the league last season.
“We couldn’t stop them. They just beat us,” Hackett coach Lonnie Hester said of the first meeting with the Dragons.
Mountainburg shut out Western Yell County 13-0 while Hackett fell 28-6 at league-leading Danville.
“We’re pretty banged up now from our Danville game, so we are going to have some guys step up and play big,” Hester said. “They run a lot of misdirection and we have to be disciplined and limit our mistakes.”
— Rick Fires • @NWARick