Booneville Bearcats Looking to Repeat
During the 2018 high school football season, only one team in the entire state of Arkansas finished with an undefeated record. This team was the Booneville Bearcats. One has to wonder what is so special about the town of Bonneville and its football crazy fans. The whole town basically shuts down for high school football on Friday nights. Football in Booneville has become not only a tradition, but also an obsession, over the years. Therefore, a look back at last year and a look ahead to 2019 is well earned for the defending state champions.
The 2018 Bearcats were nothing short of phenomenal. Booneville forced 64 turnovers last season and were absolutely smothering on the defensive side of the ball. The Bearcats shutout four opponents last year, including Osceola in the state championship game. Cam Brashear was a beast on the defensive side of the ball last season. Brashear racked up 97 tackles in 2018 and effectively helped shutdown every opponent’s running game.
As great as the Bearcats’ defense was, the Bearcats offense was just as effective and precise. Booneville’s offense controlled the clock and gashed opposing defenses with a punishing rushing attack. Quarterback Evan Schlinker managed games well last season passing for 570 yards and rushing for another 350 yards. The rushing attack has been a mainstay of Booneville football over the years and the 2019 season should not be any different on the offensive side of the ball.
Bearcats’ fans should expect another solid season out of a talented team in 2019. Booneville has earned the reputation of being a state powerhouse Class 3-A football. Booneville has won back-to-back conference championships and the team is looking to make a return trip to Little Rock to repeat as state champions. The Bearcats ground and pound, disciplined football is
tough for teams to match up against and this season has the potential to be another special one for the fans in Booneville.