Mountainburg hosted the JC Westside Rebels on Saturday, September 21 in what could be considered a tale of two games. Both Dragon teams gave it their all on the field as they showed their home field fans that there is a lot to look forward to in regards to the future of Mountainburg Football.
The Dragons 3rd and 4th grade started off the evening with a tough back and forth game against the Rebels. With an unwavering tenacity, Mountainburg kept JC Westside on their heels not letting the Rebels close the game out. Although Mountainburg made a few mistakes causing them to fall at the sword of the Rebels 28-16, they never lowered their level of play on the field. Eddie Jones, 3rd and 4th grade Dragon coach, said “I thought our team showed great improvement from our first game to now. We had some costly turnovers in the game that hurt us and we were without one of our key players. Even with the high temperatures, they never stopped. Overall I was very proud of how hard they played.”
As the night moved on and the weather cooled off, Mountainburg was ready to heat things back up by setting the scoreboard on fire. Mountainburg’s 5th and 6th grade had one thing in mind when they stepped on their home field Saturday night and that was to pound their opponents. On both sides of the ball, the Dragons physically dominated JC Westside. Defensively, the Mountainburg players kept the Rebels running backs in check with hard hits and team tackles.
Offensively, it was the Dragons ground and pound rushing attack that lit up 26 points on the scoreboard. The 5th and 6th grade Dragons improved their record to 1-1 with their 26-6 victory over JC Westside. Mountainburg 5th and 6th grade coach, Matthew Byron, summed the game up perfectly by stating “It was smashmouth football. Bottom line. We got all of our points running the ball up the gut.”
The Dragons will have a week to rest and regroup with the upcoming bye week before hosting the Magazine Rattlers on September 28th starting at 6 p.m.