The only team that played a high school football game this past week was the Camden Fairview Cardinals. Going into week three of the season, the Harmony Grove Hornets (1-0) and the Bearden Bears (1-1) haven't played a football game since Friday, August 27.
The Hornets were on a bye-week after their big 39-0 win at home over the Junction City Dragons last month. The Bears were set to host the Mineral Springs Hornets on Friday, September 3, but ended up cancelling the game as their football team was quarantined due to several positive tests of COVID-19. The Bears haven't played a high school football game since they lost on the road to the Bigelow Panthers 41-7.
This upcoming Friday will be the first game for Harmony Grove and Bearden, which will bring two weeks worth of eagerness.
Having a bye-week in-between games also can make players and coaches, not at their physical peak for the season. Teams being on bye-week can stall any physical momentum that teams have built up during the season or from the latest game. Teams that do not play are also not as fresh as they were in-game week physically or mentally. There is more mental fatigue than physical while in a bye-week. This is due to the over-preparing of their opponent during the bye-week and their game week.
The Hornets felt great after their dominating 39-0 win over the Dragons. The team capitalized the several turnovers committed by the Dragons with big plays. Now the Hornets aren't as fresh as they were after defeating Junction City at home.
The good news, however, for Harmony Grove is that they will travel to face the Fordyce Redbugs. The last time Fordyce played a high school football game was when they defeated the Rison Wildcats at home with a 20-16 on August 27. Like Harmony Grove, Fordyce was on a bye-week. The Redbugs showed a high level of efficiency on the defensive side of the ball, but they stalled in several situations on offense.
The Bears faced a series of tough offensive breaks from the Panthers as they allowed 41 points from an aggressive offense. The Bears were overrun at the line of scrimmage as they want to utilize more aggressiveness and power on the defensive side of the ball. Bearden has a high school football team with a roster fewer than 25 players, which means they have multiple players contributing on both sides of the ball. Having a bye-week can help them physically rest for the Gurdon Go-Devils this Friday night.
The Bears will be facing a Go-Devils team that utilizes a unique triple-option front where they have most of their running plays outside of the tackle. Most traditional triple-option schemes will have the runners hit the holes created by the offensive line in-between the tackles. The Go-Devils like to run schemes to make the opposing outside linebackers and defensive backs try to overpower their bigger blockers.
Both Harmony Grove and Bearden have big tasks ahead of them as they will have to compete with their upcoming opponents and any progress lost during the bye-week.