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[7 Nov 2011 | One Comment | 3,253 views]
Benton Panthers make the playoffs

For the second year in a row, the Benton Panthers have made the high school football playoffs.
How did the Panthers get in with a 3-7 record? Because high school football in Arkansas is a bit unique in the way teams are selected for a run at the state title.
In short, there are 16 teams in Class 6A and the conference is further divided into two divisions. In the 6A South — Benton’s division — the top six of the eight teams make the playoffs. Little Rock McClellan and Little Rock …

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[24 Sep 2011 | One Comment | 2,691 views]
Benton fumbles home opener, 50-22

The Benton Panthers — in its Friday home opener — fell 50-22 to Pine Bluff.
The final score exceeded the seven-point Pine Bluff win Hootens.com predicted. The Panthers fell to 1-3 on the season and Pine Bluff improved to 2-2. Prior to the game, Hootens ranked Benton 8th in the 16-team Class 6A while Pine Bluff was ranked 2nd. Top-ranked El Dorado improved its season record to 4-0 with 41-0 victory over Little Rock Fair on Friday.
At any rate, what stood between Benton and victory? In addition to the speedy and …

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[5 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,910 views]
Benton Panthers make the playoffs

It’s been a rough year for the Benton Panthers, but the team clinched an appearance in the Arkansas Class 6A playoffs last night with a 61-13 drubbing of Little Rock’s J.A. Fair.
That victory gave the Panthers a 3-7 record on the season and only its second home win at C.W. Lewis Stadium in Benton this season. Truth be told, that was the second home win for the Panthers in the past two years.
What? How does a team make the playoffs with a 3-7 record. Well, there are two, eight-team divisions …

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[23 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,472 views]
Big night for the Panthers

Just two weeks ago,the mighty Benton Panthers were getting beaten to pulp in their own stadium by the Texarkana Razorbacks and their head coach, Hatty McBackward (a nickname my dad and I gave him because he wears his cap backward and screams — red-faced — at his team for the entire game).
After that Texarkana game, the Panthers were 0-5. Things have improved considerably since then. They went to Sheridan and chalked up a victory against that team last week and, just Friday, they hosted McClellan at C.W. Lewis stadium and …