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— By PATRIC FLANNIGAN

Sports editor

The Harmony Grove Hornets will go back on the road this Friday to face the unbeaten Owls of McGehee.

The Owls are coached by Marcus Haddock (92*53) who has built McGehee into a competitive program over his 13 years with the school. McGehee had a strong campaign in 2019 that was ended in the third round by the eventual 3A champions of Harding Academy. Despite losing a two time all state student athlete in Carter Hawkins, the Owls are 4-0 and field a defense that is only allowing an average of 6 points per game.

McGehee runs a Wing T offense that uses multiple quarterbacks. The Owls are similar to what Harmony Grove saw against Pine Bluff Dollarway last week but offer more speed and a talented defense.

On offense McGehee is averaging 38 points per game in its Wing T attack. They have three quarterbacks that can share reps but also play at receiver. Their biggest offensive threat ironically is one of the smallest player on the field in Marcus Rose. The 5’5” senior Rose can line up in the backfield and at wide receiver. Rose is also an all conference safety.

The Owls play a 3-4 defense with all four linebackers having playing experience from last year.

The Hornets will enter the game coming off of one of its strongest second half performances of the year.

Traditionally, the Hornets and Owls are 2-2 against each other with the last two meetings being games were both teams combined for nearly 90 points. The Hornets won the last meeting 69-34 in 2015 and in 2014 McGehee won 63-32 on its home field.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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