Arkadelphia football begins second half of summer athletics


Aaron Weatherford

Senior receiver Alex Loy highpoints and hauls in a great catch for a touchdown.

The Badgers were back on the gridiron last Tuesday after a two week dead period that is designated by the Arkansas Activities Association.

Arkadelphia three weeks prior had traveled up to Pulaski Academy for their second team camp of the summer. They headed back up to Bruin Country for their third camp of the summer last week.

Arkadelphia performed phenomenally. Even though they were one of the smaller schools in attendance, the Badgers played tough with class 5A defending state champion and Arkansas high school football power Pulaski Academy.

Each team ran 12 plays on offense and defense for 13 minutes. Arkadelphia did not back down to Pulaski Academy. Another impressive showing the Badgers had was against last year’s class 6A runner up in Lake Hamilton.

Players on offense like Donovan Whitten, Jaishon Davis, Alex Loy, Braylon Bailey, and others had a field day with the Wolves defense. Linebackers Alex Turley and Landon Kuhn held down a run-heavy Lake Hamilton offense. The Badgers also saw really defensive line play out of defensive end and senior Derrion Beard.

Arkadelphia is scheduled to play Lake Hamilton again this year as their benefit game, or scrimmage game as some would call it. The Wolves and Badgers definitely showed some chippiness here and there. At the end of the day it was all good competition.

Arkadelphia showed more promise on defense when they went up against El Dorado who is also in class 6A like Lake Hamilton. Coach Schucker and his staff seemed really impressed with their players at the end of the camp saying, “we got better today.”

This Tuesday, Arkadelphia will be headed over Lake Hamilton for another team camp.