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Charleston Defeats Ozark 34-20 in “Battle for Franklin County”

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The Charleston Tigers defeated the Ozark Hillbillies last Friday night in the “Battle for Franklin County”, 34-20, and in doing so improved their overall record to 2-0 on the season. Charleston has now defeated the top two predicted finishers in the 4A-1 conference.

Charleston now turns their attention to the Nashville Scrappers, another 4A team that will visit Alumni Field tomorrow. RNN Sports will be on hand to bring you exclusive coverage of the game with the Scrappers and will feature it on both the RNN online platform this weekend and in the weekly Logan County newspaper the week of September 22.

Charleston will go on the road next week to Greenland as the Tigers will take on the Greenland Pirates in the opening game of 3A-1 conference play. Watch for a preview of the Greenland game in next week’s Logan County newspaper.

Sometimes a good team has to win games when they are not quite playing their best, and Tigers fans may see last week’s game with Ozark as an example. But, from an optimistic standpoint, good teams can win when they are not quite playing their best, and a victory over a very good Ozark team when not quite playing up to speed is a positive sign for Charleston. The Tigers are very good and very athletic, and as long as they can dodge the injury bug that many teams deal with throughout the season, the Tigers will be in good shape as they head to their showdown at Booneville on October 21.

RNN Sports Photo / Ronni Tate Young

In two games, senior Tigers quarterback Brandon Scott has now passed for 367 yards on 33 attempts and 23 completions. He has a 68.7% completion percentage and averages just over 11 yards per completion. He has not been sacked, and has thrown three touchdown passes and just one interception.

Scott also leads all rushers for the Tigers with 133 yards rushing in his first two games. He has three rushing touchdowns and no fumbles.

Defensively, Reese Merechka leads the Charleston defense with eight solo tackles in two games, along with four assisted. Brycen Kindrix has added one interception for the Tigers on the young season.

RNN Sports Photo / Ronni Tate Young

Yours truly will be at Alumni Field tomorrow night to bring you special coverage of the Tigers game with Nashville. This should be a great high school football game with a lot of talent on the field for both teams. We will have a post game story on the game late Friday night along with a feature story the week of September 22 in the Logan County newspaper. I am looking forward to seeing all of the Charleston fans on Friday night, and I hope you have secured your subscription to the Logan County paper. In fact, the paper has grown so rapidly that it includes much more than just Logan County news and sports. Our reach is now up and down Highway 22, incorporating several communities into our coverage, and we are honored to bring you Charleston sports coverage!

If you have not yet subscribed, you can do so by going to residentnewsnetwork.com and clicking on the subscription link.

See you tomorrow night at Alumni Field!

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Jim Best
Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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