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Tigers Return to Alumni Field on Friday for Final Regular Season Home Game vs West Fork

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At deadline time for this story, the Charleston Tigers were preparing for a war with the Booneville Bearcats that would more than likely be for the 3A-1 football conference championship. The winner of that game will more than likely be a #1 seed in the state playoffs and the loser will go as the #2. Either way, it was sure to be an intense, physical battle for all of the marbles in conference play.

But that game is history, and regardless of its outcome, it has been a very successful season for both Booneville and Charleston, and both should do well in the state playoffs. For Charleston, the Tigers are returning home this week to play West Fork for the final regular season home football game. It will also be Senior Night at Alumni Field, and the Charleston football program will honor a stellar senior class of football players on Friday night.

After last week’s physical contest at Booneville, Charleston will face another big, physical opponent in the West Fork Tigers. West Fork is an experienced team that has good size and likes to grind and pound the football. They are a little more open to using the pass this year compared to the last few years, but their core belief remains to want to run the football.

West Fork’s coach, Rodney Selph, returned this year to coach the Tigers after having success in the program several years ago. Going into this season, he inherited a veteran team that had nine returning starters each on both sides of the football. Coach Selph is trying to restore the winning tradition in West Fork football, but like a lot of other 3A-1 conference schools, the schedule is tough every year with both Booneville, Charleston,and Greenland in the conference along with Hackett who is making good strides in being competitive.

West Fork runs the Wing T offense and presents a multiple or odd front on defense. Up to deadline time for this story, the West Fork Tigers record in 2022 is:

vs Gentry 7-28 (L)

at Green Forest 28-14 (W)

vs Berryville 28-6 (W)

vs Paris 13-0 (W)

vs Mansfield 14-18 (L)

at Booneville 21-48 (L)

vs Lavaca 7-31 (L)

at Cedarville 42-14 (W)

At deadline time for this story, the West Fork Tigers were about to take the field against Hackett. West Fork has games remaining on October 28 at Charleston and will end the regular season on November 4 at rival Greenland.

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The Charleston Tigers will finish their season on Friday, November 4 at Lavaca. RNN Sports will be in Lavaca to cover Charleston’s game at Lavaca as its game of the week. Look for coverage of the game on the RNN website and in the weekly newspaper, RNN Logan County Edition.

Congratulations to the Charleston senior class who has won two back-to-back conference titles and are in contention to win a third consecutive title this year. Their work is by far not done; I expect Charleston to make a deep run in this year’s state playoffs.

It should be a great night for football. Come out to the stadium, honor the 2022 seniors, and enjoy a great night of high school football! And thanks to all of you for reading RNN Sports!

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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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