The Southside Southerners are hoping to get back in the win column tonight when they host the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs.
“We seem to be more comfortable and play better at home,” said Southside head coach Brian Reardon.
The Southerners (2-4,1-2) fell last week to the Lonoke Jackrabbits 52-21 while the Mustangs (6-0, 3-0) defeated the Heber Springs Panthers 35-14.
The Mustangs are one of three undefeated teams left in the 4A-2 conference.
The Southerners defeated the Mustangs last year when the snuffed out a late two point try by the Mustangs.
Reardon had high praise for the Mustangs.
“They are well coached and have a heck of a coach,” Reardon said. “They are 6-0 for a reason,but they are beatable.”
Reardon is hoping for a “scrap and a battle,” with the Mustangs.
“We’ve been in battles all year,” Reardon added.
The Mustangs try to get the ball to their running back Tyler Williams as much as possible. They will run him behind “the best o-line we’ve seen all year,” according to Reardon.
Reardon added that if the Southerners can contain him and “not shoot [them]selves in the foot,” then it should be a good ball game.
Reardon is wanting the “great energy in practice this week,” to carry over into the game.
“The motto this week has been ‘no excuses, next man up,’” Reardon said/ “Every kid gets fired up when their number gets called.”
Next man up has been true all season for the Southerners, but especially this week as they will take the field again short-handed.
There have been seven injuries for the Southerners this week, plus a couple of more athletes who are being quarantined.
The homecoming game for Southerners is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Southerner Field.