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