Dragons seal second straight state title

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Click here for more on the Dragons’ impressive year. They beat Bearden Saturday in the State 2A playoffs 24-14.

This game was a bit bittersweet for me. I work in Union County, and Junction City is on my beat, but my dad is the band director at Bearden Schools. I announced for the Bearden band at halftime, and was hoping that the Bears could pull out a state championship win for the first time in school history.

But it just wasn’t in the cards for the Bears. I bestow congratulations on Junction City, and Coach David Carpenter, for not only a great season, but for what appears to be a true dynasty in Arkansas 2A football.

Carptenter is to JC what Paul “Bear” Bryant was to the University of Alabama. And that’s no understatement. His hard-driving style mirrors Bryant’s, and the JC teams he has coached deserve every accolade they have received.

The State 2A title Saturday was hard fought, and the best this year at War Memorial Stadium, according to the official public address announcer in the press box.

Bearden lost the ball several times during the first half — costly turnovers that sealed their fate in the end. I take my hat off to the Junction City Dragons for taking full advantage of these mistakes. Good job, men. A great show, and a great day for Union County. First the El Dorado Wildcats, and now the Dragons.

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