Cross-town rivalry games are always met with excitement and enthusiasm. However, this years rivalry is going to be different, not just for the players and coaches but also for the fans of both teams. With the loss of Springdale Bulldog wide receiver Kyler Williams this game will be the most emotional game that either of these two teams have ever played. Tears will be shed tonight, but Friday Night Football will still go on, however both teams will feel the loss of their friend, teammate, and family member.
Previewing this game will be a difficult one to do because of the events over the past week. In my eyes, everyone that attends, takes part in, and has paid respects to Kyler and his family have won before the ballgame kicks-off tonight. Like many of my previews, I will now give the keys to the game and lay out the importance of this weeks Friday Night Football match-up.
The Springdale Bulldogs come into this game with a 3-1 record on the season. Springdale played a very impressive game on September 23rd against Rogers Heritage and are looking to build on their victory over Heritage. The Bulldogs are looking to continue running the ball after racking up 160 yards on the ground last week. After 116 rushed yards and two touchdowns last week in the win over Heritage, look for Springdale to get Erick Mendez involved early in the game.
The Har-Ber Wildcats dismantled the Rogers Mounties last Friday night and are looking to continue the momentum against Springdale this week. The Wildcats ground game has been difficult to stop in recent weeks. Logan Collins and Payton Copher have been an impressive duo for the Wildcats and will look to continue running the ball against the Bulldogs. The Wildcats defense has stifled opponents in recent weeks and will look to get the Springdale offense off the field Friday night.
For the community of Springdale the final score of the game will not matter. The score will be kept and a winner will be decided but that is not what will be remembered about the game being played. Kyler Williams was known throughout the city of Springdale and he had friends all over Northwest Arkansas. The Springdale-Har-Ber game will finish what has been one of the most difficult weeks for the community of Springdale. Whether you are a fan of the Bulldogs or the Wildcats, tonight is about remembering #3 Kyler Williams and continuing to pay respects to his family and friends.