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[5 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,906 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 | 2,466 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 …