Previewing North Little Rock at Bentonville.
KICKOFF 7 p.m.
RECORDS North Little Rock 7-4. Bentonville 9-1.
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BETWEEN THE LINES The two teams have met five times since 2006, with Bentonville sporting a 4-1 edge in the series … The two teams met in a Class 7A semifinal game last year at War Memorial Stadium, with Bentonville earning a 42-10 victory … They share two common opponents in Fayetteville and Fort Smith Northside. Bentonville beat both teams, while North Little Rock lost to Fayetteville in Week 2 and beat Northside last week. … North Little Rock started the season 0-4 under first-year coach Jamie Mitchell, but extended its win streak to seven games last with a 35-0 win over Fort Smith Northside. … The Charging Wildcats have averaged 46.2 points per game during their winning streak. … Tailback Alex Day had 153 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries in last week’s win over Northside and now has 1,672 yards and 24 TDs this season. … North Little Rock’s defense held Northside to 191 yards total offense, and sophomore lineman Zavion Moore had an interception. … Bentonville QB Kasey Ford has completed 72.1 percent (163 of 226) for 2,031 yards and 13 touchdowns. … Clay Barganier needs seven receptions to become the leading receiver in the 7A-West Conference and 65 receiving yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark this season. … RB Jacob Clark has 827 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 145 carries, while David Nichols ran for three scores in a win over Fayetteville. … Bentonville’s defense forced three turnovers in its win over Fayetteville, with Tim Fernandez sealing the outcome with his interception return for a touchdown.
PLAYERS TO WATCH North Little Rock — RB Alex Day (Jr., 5-8, 190), QB Corvosea Cooney (Sr., 6-2, 178), RB Wynton Ruth (Jr., 5-8, 200), RB Darius Austin (Jr., 6-1, 192), WR Kyleal Lewis (Sr., 6-0, 185). Bentonville — QB Kasey Ford (Sr., 6-6, 272), RB Jacob Clark (Jr., 5-10, 180), WR Clay Barganier (Jr., 5-9, 159), LB Brandon Atchison (5-11, 219), LB Destyn Adkins (Jr., 6-0, 180).
HOOTEN’S RANKINGS North Little Rock is No. 7 in Class 7A. Bentonville is No. 2.
HOOTEN’S LINE Bentonville by 14.
OUR TAKE Bentonville 35, North Little Rock 16.
— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry