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Bison-Dragons pushed back a week because of weather

Mark Buffalo The Carlisle Bison enter the field prior to their first-round playoff game against Marked Tree last month.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo The Carlisle Bison enter the field prior to their first-round playoff game against Marked Tree last month.

Last week’s inclement weather delayed all high school football playoff games for one week. Carlisle will travel to El Dorado High School to play the Junction City Dragons this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

The Bison (11-1) are coming off a 30-19 win over Rison in the third round Nov. 29. The Dragons (11-0) are the defending state champions. They beat Hector 51-7 in their third-round game.

This is the first meeting between the two teams since Junction City beat Carlisle 29-7 in the state semifinals in 2008.

Carlisle coach Brandon Barbaree said not playing last week was similar to when Marvell forfeited to the Bison during Week 8.

“As of Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, we were still hoping to play,” Barbaree said of last week’s schedule. The Arkansas Activities Association postponed the games via e-mail on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

“The forecast got worse and worse,” Barbaree said. “It just put us off and made it a different kind of week. It’s thrown everything off but hopefully, we will get back at it today [Monday].”

Bison were in the middle of practice at Beebe’s Bro. Ewrin Stadium last Wednesday, Dec. 4, when news broke of the postponement of games.

“We went out there because we knew we were going to play on some turf at El Dorado,” he said. “We were having a good practice when one of Beebe’s coaches came out of their office and said they had moved everything back a week.

“We kinda knew it was coming at that point.”

Barbaree said no one likes “idle time.”

“It’s been a long season and we’re ready to go play the semifinals and see how good Junction City really is,” he said.

The winner of the Carlisle-Junction City game will play the winner of the Des Arc-Bearden game in the Class 2A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 21, at noon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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