NLR gives Cats an early gauge

Conway’s Wampus Cats got their eyes open Tuesday in a preseason benefit game against North Little Rock, a matchup of two of the top four teams ranked in 7A.

North Little Rock, ranked No. 2 in Hooten’s Arkansas Football, prevailed, 21-16, in the scrimmage at John McConnell Stadium.

“It opened our eyes to a few things we’ve got to get fixed,” said Conway coach Clint Ashcraft. whose team is ranked fourth in the state in preseason. “We got a good idea of where we are. There are some positions we’ve got to shore up moving forward.

“That’s we’ve scrimmaged North Little Rock the last few years. They’ve got a good program and they give you a good idea where you’re at. There are things you might not notice on the field, but when you see the film you see some mistakes that must get corrected. There are always a lot of little things you see the first time you go against somebody other than yourself.”

The Wampus Cats host Cabot, another projected 7A power, in their season opener Sept. 5.

“Going forward, we’ve got to make sure everyone is on the same page,” said Ashcraft. “We’ve got to understand what we want to get accomplished on both sides of the ball.”


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