Preview: Fayetteville at North Little Rock

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Javontae Smith (right) of Fayetteville carries the ball Friday, May 29, 2015, as Cemari Dobbins attempts to make the tackle during the Bulldogs' annual Spring Game inside the school's indoor facility in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Javontae Smith (right) of Fayetteville carries the ball Friday, May 29, 2015, as Cemari Dobbins attempts to make the tackle during the Bulldogs’ annual Spring Game inside the school’s indoor facility in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.

Previewing Fayetteville at North Little Rock.

Charging Wildcat Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Fayetteville 1-0. North Little Rock 0-1

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BETWEEN THE LINES Fayetteville is 3-0 against North Little Rock under coach Daryl Patton. … North Little Rock opened its new 7.5 million dollar stadium last week, but were upset, 32-25 in overtime by Little Rock Catholic. … Junior running back Alex Day rushed for 181 yards in last week’s loss for the Charging Wildcats. … North Little Rock is coached by Jamie Mitchell, in his first season after taking over for Brad Bolding. … Mitchell came to North Little Rock from Starkville (Miss.) High, where he led his team to the Mississippi Class 6A state title in 2012. … Fayetteville is coming off it’s largest-margin victory in the Daryl Patton era, a 58-6 win against Lawton (Okla.) Eisenhower. … The 58 points are second most in 13 seasons under Patton. … Fayetteville defeated North Little Rock, 43-33, last year at Harmon Stadium.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Fayetteville — WR Terrance Rock (Jr., 5-11, 175), RB Javontae Smith (Sr., 5-9, 200), OL Noah Johnson (Sr., 6-3, 320), DT Akial Byers (Jr., 6-4, 250), CB Colby Sigears (Sr., 5-7, 155); North Little Rock — RB Alex Day (Jr., 5-10, 205); DT Tre Chism (Sr., 6-0, 260), LB Mitchell Strassle (Sr., 6-0, 200).

HOOTEN’S RANKING Fayetteville is No. 1 in Class 7A. North Little Rock is No. 12.

HOOTEN’S LINE Fayetteville by 28.

OUR TAKE Fayetteville 45, North Little Rock 20.

— Vernon Tarver • @NWAVernon

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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