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CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP CAPSULE
« on: December 06, 2018, 08:42:45 pm »
[size=0pt]CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]Saturday, December 8, 6: 30 p.m.[/size]
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[size=0pt][/color]PULASKI ROBINSON SENATORS (12-2)[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]Head Coach: Todd Eskola[/size]
[size=0pt][/color](97-61-1 overall and at Robinson)[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]Playoff appearances: 28[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]Playoff record: 31-26[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]State championships: (1) 1980[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]State championship games: (2nd)[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]1980 defeated DeQueen, 26-6[/size]
[size=0pt][/color]FEARLESS FACTS: Eskola is a ’graduate of Robinson, taking over for his dad, Jim, in 2005. … This is the fourth rematch of the six state championship games after Classes 7A, 6A and 5A last weekend. … Robinson won the first meeting this year, 42-14, 10 weeks ago and went on to the 4A-7 conference championship, which was the Senator’s 18th league title since beginning football in 1961. … Robinson rolled up 474 yards of offense in the first meeting, committed no turnovers, and was 5-for-5 on fourth down attempts. … Robinson is playing in its second state championship game and first since beating DeQueen, 26-6, for the championship in 1980. … Mekel Kentle is Robinson’s leading rusher with 102 carries for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns. … Senior quarterback Greyson Tackett has thrown for 1,654 yards and 22 touchdowns.[/size]
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[size=0pt][/color]ARKADELPHIA BADGERS (9-5)[/size]
[/color]Head coach: J.R. Eldridge[/size]
[/color](70-32 in 7 years overall and at Arkadelphia)[/size]
[/color]Playoff appearances: 29[/size]
[/color]Playoff record: 34-25[/size]
[/color]State championships: (4) 2017, 1987, 1979, 1915[/size]
[/color]State championship games: (6th)[/size]
[/color]2017 defeated Warren, 28-27[/size]
[/color]1987 defeated White Hall, 21-6[/size]
[/color]1979 defeated Alma, 19-0[/size]
[/color]1976 lost to Mena, 13-7[/size]
[/color]1970 lost to  [/size]Stuttgart, 22-20
[/color]FEARLESS FACTS: Eldridge is a Fayetteville graduate and played at both Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia. … Arkadelphia is making its second-straight appearance in a state championship game. … Last year’s state championship was the first for Arkadelphia since legendary John Outlaw guided the Badgers to the state championship in 1987. … That Badger team was also voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press over Fort Smith Northside, which was the state champion in the state’s largest classification. … Arkadelphia’s only loss last season was to Robinson, which Warren defeated in the semifinals on Friday. …Arkadelphia also lost to Robinson, 42-14, this year in week five, which was the Badgers last loss this season, having reeled off nine wins in a row. … Arkadelphia finished in a three-way tie for second in the 4A-7 but is the third seed out of the conference. … Arkadelphia defeated No. 3 seed Gosnell in the first round of the playoffs and then beat top seeds Warren, Stuttgart and Shiloh Christian in successive weeks by a combined score of 92-31.[/size]
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