Benton set to host A-J; has slim playoff hopes
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team closes out regular season play at Benton this Friday.
“It’s senior night for them,” A-J football coach Brett Detering said. “If they win, I don’t think they have enough points” to get in the playoffs.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired on WIBH radio in Anna.
The Rangers enter the final game with a 4-4 record and the Wildcats are sitting at 6-2.
A-J was already assured of a playoff berth with a 6th win last week. If Benton should earn its fifth victory, there’s no guarantee of a playoff berth.
Advancing teams with five wins are determined by a point system that involves wins and losses of opponents during the regular season.
Benton lost 61-35 last Friday to Murphysboro.
The Rangers are led at quarterback by junior Hamilton Page, 5-11, 160 pounds. He was 11 of 19 passing for 100 yards in Benton’s loss. He also had two interceptions.
A top receiver was senior Oliver Davis, 5-9, 148 pounds. He had 37 yards on 3 receptions.
Leading the rushing attack was junior Blaine Pankey, 5-11, 206 pounds, who rushed for 161 yards on 17 carries.
Junior running back Hamilton Page, 5-11, 160 pounds, added 118 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Some of the main offensive linemen are seniors Hunter Shockley, 6-2, 235 pounds, and Gavin Richardson, 5-11, 214 pounds, and junior Warren Smothers, 5-8, 225 pounds.
Defensive standouts are Pankey, Richardson and senior Bryden Picklesimer, 6-0, 225 pounds.
“We’ve had a lot of similar opponents this season,” Detering said of the matchup. “We want to get a win and a 7-2 (record) and get a better matchup than at 6-3. We’ll know Saturday who we play.”
The playoff team assignments will be determined after all the regular season games conclude on Saturday.