In what has been an unconventional start to the season, the Bauxite Miners have played two games so far in the 2012 season, but only have four quarters of action under their belt. Their season opener was spoiled by Hurricane Isaac after one quarter and was only able to squeeze in three quarters last week against Glen Rose.
Nevertheless, it hasn’t been a pretty start for head coach Shane Clancy and his Miners. While the Miners haven’t had a full body of work to go off of, the four quarters they have played are very indicative of the poor start.
In their first game of the year, the Miners fell 21-0 to Harding Academy in a lopsided, one-quarter affair. It was a defensive struggle for the Miners all night as they failed to stop the high-octane offense of the Wildcats.
It was the same story the following week as Glen Rose dominated both sides of the ball en route to a convincing 35-0 win. Bauxite surrendered 369 yards of total offense on just 40 offensive plays for the Beavers.
Offensively, the Miners have struggled to consistently manufacture the ball down the field. Turnovers and three-and-outs have plagued the Miners thus far, leading to great field position and easy scores for their opponents. Against Glen Rose, Miners’ quarterback Jordan Branson completed only 22 percent of his passes, was picked off twice, and threw for 79 yards.
The Miners return to the gridiron this Friday for a matchup against the Jessieville Lions. It will be the first home game of the year for the Miners at “The Pit”, but they will likely have their hands full against an undefeated Lions squad.
The Lions come into Friday’s matchup with two home wins over Mountain Pine and Mount Ida. The Lions cruised to both wins outscoring their opponents by a combined 64 points.
A juggernaut on offense, the Lions have had no trouble finding the end zone with 11 touchdowns in two games. On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions have been just as stout. The Lions have only given up 13 points on the year and are coming off a 28-0 shutout win over Mount Ida.
Last year, Jessieville had no trouble handling Bauxite in a 31-8 victory. Friday night the Miners look for redemption and their first win since Sept. 2 of last year. Kickoff against Jessieville is set for 7 p.m.