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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Badgers plan to trample 'Hounds

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  • The Arkadelphia Badgers picked up their first playoff win in the 21st Century last week, and they are looking to continue their undefeated season this week as they play host to the Newport Greyhounds (9-2).
    The Badgers will continue to do what they do each week, according to head coach J.R. Eldridge.
    "We're going to do the same thing we've been doing," he said. "We will make some little changes here and there depending on what they give us, but we're not going to overhaul our defense or offense."
    The Greyhounds are primarily a run-based offense, Eldridge explained.
    "They are heavy on the run, about 70-30," he explained. "They have a couple good runningbacks, and their quarterback manages the game well. They use a two-tight end set or a two back with one tight end. They will also spread it around some. They really like the outside run and play action pass."
    Defensively, the Greyhounds will look strikingly similar to what Dumas ran last week.
    "They are mainly in a 4-2," Eldridge said. "They like to keep six in the box, and they blitz all the time. They are a pressure-based offense. They try to get you to make silly decisions. They have some good players on defense, too."
    The Badgers were able to escape last week's game without any injuries, a boon for a team that has suffered the loss of their quarterback the past two years, and Eldridge said that this has been a great week of practice for the team.
    Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance at the main gate for $6 today and Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday night.
    Kickoff at Badger Stadium is at 7 p.m.

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