After handling the Dover Pirates 43-13 last week, the Mena Bearcats are preparing for their biggest game of the season.
Mena (4-2, 1-2) opened the game with 29 points against the Pirates (0-6, 0-3) in the first quarter of play. In the second quarter, the Bearcats extended their lead to 43-7 at halftime. The Mena offense didn't score again in the game, but the Bearcats held on to win by 30, 43-13.
"I was proud of our guys for coming out and setting the tone early," said Coach Bentley following the game. "We had a lot of excuses to come out of the game slow but we didn't"
Jake Wiles carried the ball three times for Mena and found the end zone every time. Gaven Hooper rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown. Evan Graves carried the ball 85 yards and tallied a touchdown, as did senior quarterback Zane Stephens.
"I'm excited for our offense, as we are really starting to find our stride. Zane is really finding his role as quarterback"
Bentley was also proud of his defense stating, "Our defense played extremely well."
This week the Bearcats will travel to Elkins to take on the Elk (5-1, 3-0). Elkins lost their first game of the season 31-20 to Greenland, but has bounced back with five straight victories over West Fork (48-6), Huntsville (35-0), Waldron (35-16), Dover (55-0), and Subiaco Academy (43-7).
"They are a good team, and have a really good quarterback," noted Bentley.
Elkins' quarterback Kain Johnson has passed for 1,240 yards so far this season with 17 touchdowns in the air. On the ground, Johnson has rushed for 347 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Coach Bentley says that this Friday's game is the biggest game of the season for his Bearcats. "This game is huge. We have to keep racking up conference wins. Friday is the biggest game of the season for us."
Hootens.com's 4A Game of the Week happens to be Mena vs. Elkins, as the Bearcats are the 7-point favorites.
Last season the Elks came to Mena and were defeated by the Bearcats 49-45.