Lonoke’s football team will attempt to break a three-game losing streak Friday when Baptist Prep comes to town for a 7 p.m. kick.
Lonoke is 1-3 (0-1 in 2-4A conference play) after a 41-22 loss at Heber Springs.
Baptist Prep is 0-4, 0-1. The Eagles have scored just three points all season, falling to McGehee, 56-0; Rison, 55-0; Joe T. Robinson, 65-0; and Helena-West Helena Central, 48-3.
“They do some different things this year,” Lonoke coach Taggart Moore said. “Last year they were more triple option, but this year they’re running more of the trap, some speed sweep, some counter, with a little bit of option.
“They’ve played some pretty good teams. That offense is difficult to defend. There’s a lot of misdirection, motion, things like that. If you’re not disciplined, they’ll get you. We’ve really got to work on being disciplined. We need to take care of business, stay healthy and get us a conference win.”
The Eagles went 0-10 last year, including a 33-7 loss to Lonoke in Moore’s first game as interim coach. Three starters return on offense with three also back for the 4-3 defensive scheme.
Baptist Prep was picked to finish eighth in Hooten’s Arkansas Football’s preseason poll of league coaches.
Last week, Heber Springs got up on Lonoke early, 14-0.
“They kids played tough,” Moore said. “We ended up starting to run the ball pretty well and kind of started to establish that identity. We ended up getting it back pretty close.”
He said the Jackrabbits trailed by 16 but had the ball in the fourth quarter.
“We were in the game the whole night,” Moore said. “They ended up tacking on a field goal at the end.”
Xavier Hodge returned from injury for three carries.
“We’re still trying to get him healthy,” Moore said. “He had 30 yards, but he couldn’t really run right. He had to run left to make that cut. But we’re thinking he will be 100 percent by Friday. Getting him back is going to change our guys.”
Still, the Panthers had their best rushing effort of the season with 222 yards.
“We established some identity,” Moore said. “That was good. Our sophomore running back, Davonte Adams, had 93 yards. We gave a senior, Lexington Mays, who had to sit out last year after he moved in and was scout team running back all year long, an opportunity, and he had somewhere around 50 or 60 yards on six or seven carries, and that really sparked us.
“So we’re getting there.”