Bearden Takes One From Junction City

Davidell Collins

Louisiana Tech had a scout on hand to watch as #2 Bearden went to Junction City and held on to beat the #1 Dragons 14-12.

Byran Jones is the big attraction for college scouts. The big defensive tackle for Junction City has a lot of offers including Oklahoma, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Auburn.

The Dragons had not lost at home since 2004 and Jones, who also played left tackle on offense, is a big reason for their success the last few years.

Friday's game was called Showdown on the Bordertown. Bearden brought a big crowd with them and the Bears felt like this could finally be their time. Coach Ross told me last week that his team was not going to be intimidated and he felt like this year they would be able to play with the Dragons toe to toe.

We had been in Ruston to see LaCraig Brown and Richwood shutdown the Ruston rush attack. Brown and Jones are two of the top recruits on Louisiana Tech's board. While many feel like Arkansas is the leader for both players, and Brown is even committed to the Razorbacks; Brown and Jones live 30 miles from Tech's campus.

I have talked to coaches at Junction City and players who camped with Brown at LA Tech. I've learned that their mothers both like Tech and how close the school is to home.

Tech is doing a good job recruiting both players. It helps to be visible at their games and show that you really want them.

While Jones was the big name at the game Friday night, Bearden had their own prospects that needed to be seen.

6'6" Davidell Collins went up against Jones on both sides of the ball. He played defense end against Jones and then played guard on offense. Collins is a good looking prospect who projects as a 6'6" 290 pound defensive tackle or offensive tackle. He is already 240 pounds and has the frame to add plenty of weight.

Defensive End Chris Jenkins and running back Rickey Brown are Bearden's other Division One prospects. Jenkins is 6'1" 240 and bench presses 400 pounds. He helped keep Junction City's rush attack in check.

Brown is a big 6'1" 215 pound back that runs with power and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He also plays linebacker for Coach Ross and is an equally impressive prospect on that side of the ball.

These two teams are more than likely the best two teams in Arkansas for Class 2A. They will meet again in the playoffs. If the game is anywhere near as exciting as last week's game, fans are in for a big treat.

Junction City was down 14-0 and scored twice in the fourth quarter. The secons score was as time exprired to pull the Dragons within 14-12. They went for two and were stopped at the one and Bearden's players and fans stormed the field.

This is turning into a really good rivalry. It should produce many more great games and great college prospects in the future.

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