Badgers take care of Clinton in round one


Shawna Childs

Senior linebacker Landon Kuhn celebrates on the sideline after a big play.

Arkadelphia finished the regular season with only one loss in conference play, giving them the second seed in the Class 4A state playoffs. The Badgers have become very used to playing in playoff games, seeing that they won the 2017 and 2018 state titles.

Last week, their matchup with Clinton was viewed as some would say a “tune up”. Clinton finished as the fourth seed in the 4A-2 conference with a 4-3 conference record. It was also the first time Clinton and Arkadelphia had ever played against each other in football.
The game started out as a slugfest between the two teams. At one point in the game, the Badgers were possibly on upset alert, only up 21-20. Things soon changed in the second half as Arkadelphia’s offense exploded. Clinton could not hold on as the Badgers throttled the Yellowjackets 56-26.

Junior quarterback Donovan Whitten had a marvelous game, going 13 of 20 through the air for 179 passing yards and scoring two touchdowns. However, it was Jaishon Davis who really stole the spotlight in this game. The senior ran 12 times for 152 yards while scoring five touchdowns. Wide receiver Tripp Cannon also helped out, scoring twice on four catches.

The Badgers head to Batesville tomorrow night for a second-round battle with Southside Batesville.