BENTON, Ark. (THV11) – Benton’s season began with near chaos at War Memorial Stadium. In the weeks that followed head coach Brad Harris had a message for his time, make it back and make it right with a state title.
“We just hope that we can finish it. This is a year where we’re getting to do that, what a better year to be able to finish here when we didn’t get to finish the first ballgame with Bryant.”
The Panthers road back to War Memorial Stadium has been anything but easy. But a comeback win over Jonesboro followed by a road upset over West Memphis has Benton four quarters from their goal. “That’s what we’ve talked about. It’s about survive. It ain’t about a 20 point win it’s about winning.”
The Panthers going up against number one ranked Greenwood for the second time this season. The Bulldogs cruised past Benton 62-33 back in October, but that was without a healthy Zak Wallace at running back. Greenwood head coach Rick Jones calls Wallace a gamechanger. “He’s a really good looking player, he’s a tough physical kid and he weighs about 205 pounds and he doesn’t fall back very often. In the secondary he’s a beast”.
Wallace and the Panthers try to bring Benton their first state championship since 1977. “Me and my teammates have been dreaming about this all our lives since future Panthers a bunch that we finally did it as a team.”