|The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits make a tackle against Maumelle last week. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
For the fifth consecutive season, the Lonoke Jackrabbits and Star City Bulldogs will kick off the football season. Friday's game is at James B. Abraham Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Star City has won the previous three meetings; Lonoke won the first matchup in 2010 in the Hootens Kickoff Classic at Golden Lion Stadium in Pine Bluff.
Lonoke is coming off its best season since finishing as state runner-up in 2009. The Jackrabbits lost to Maumelle in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Star City advanced to the third round, losing to Pine Bluff Dollarway.
Lonoke is ranked fourth in Class 4A by Hooten's Arkansas Football; Star City is ranked sixth but the Bulldogs are favored by seven in the season opener.
Junior High Action
Lonoke will host Beebe in the season opener Thursday at James B. Abraham Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.