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’17 Season Preview: Fort Smith Northside

Fort Smith Northside did not seem to have any trouble against the 7-A Central competition last season. The Grizzlies racked up seven wins last season and are looking to increase that total this season. The defense is always a strength with Northside, but the offense will have the most returning starters going into the 2017 season.

The Grizzlies offense has some players that have some potential this season. Northside fans should get familiar with Jordan Dilworth. Dilworth saw time last season at the running back and wide receiver position. Dilworth has excellent speed and should see the field plenty of times for the Grizzlies. With six starters returning on the offensive side of the ball, the Grizzlies should have a strong season on the offensive side of the ball.

Northside’s defense has been a strength for this team for the past three years and this season should be no different. Northside fans should look for Locke Stubblefield to play an important role on the defensive side of the ball. Stubblefield will man one of the linebacker spots for the Grizzlies. Stubblefield was in on 30 tackles last season and should be plenty of intensity to the defense. The Northside defense has the potential to be a dangerous unit as the season approaches.

Fort Smith Northside should challenge for a playoff spot and they have the possibility of winning the 7-A Central. The Grizzlies will have to play North Little Rock on the road, but they have an opportunity to win the conference and make a deep playoff run in 2017. Look for Northside to be a dangerous team this season.

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