|Carlisle's Jacob Cagle carries the ball during the Bison's scrimmage with Dumas last week at Fred C. Hardke Field. (Photo by Scott Ward, www.koesports.com)|
By Mark Buffalo
The Carlisle Bison will face a familiar foe Friday night when they open the 2014 football season.
Carlisle will play former conference member England in the "Battle of the Beasts," sponsored by the Bank of England and the Carlisle Banking Center at Fred C. Hardke Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
A year ago, the Bison beat England 30-12 in the regular-season finale. The Lions jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Carlisle rallied for the win.
Carlisle's season ended with a 38-28 loss to eventual state champion Junction City in the Class 2A state title game. England lost to Hector 56-14 in the second round of the state playoffs.
The Bison are ranked 13th in Class 2A by Hooten's Arkansas Football; England is ranked 16th. Carlisle is favored by 13 points in the Lonoke County matchup.
Junior High Action
The Carlisle Junior Bison will play at McCrory in the regular-season opener Thursday night. Game time is 7 p.m.