A 42-7 win will definitely make a football team feel good after it’s first game.
The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats have game one, a 35-point win over Lake Hamilton, and are ready to build from there.
"I’m very proud of our defense," said head coach Brad Bolding, "and the way we executed."
That defense that Bolding is speaking of allowed a mere 74 total yards to a team that in recent years has been notorious for racking up real estate, points, not to mention wins.
Meantime, North Little Rock managed 345 yards of total offense and were able to rest their two best running backs after halftime with very similar stat lines.
Altee Tenpenney carried 10 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns while his counterpart Juwon Wise got 10 of his own for 65 yards. Wise also matched Tenpenney in touchdowns with two.
Tenpenney set up one of his scores with 45-yard run before being hauled down inside the five.
It was Tenpenney’s and Wise’s first action since both injured ankles last season.
Up next for North Little Rock is a trip to Longview, Texas.
"I’m anxious to see what happens," said Bolding.
The Charging WIldcats will travel early Friday and take on a team that made the semifinals of Texas’ highest classification.
Bolding said his team will leave around 8 a.m. for Longview. The charter bus will make three stops on the way.
"It’s an opportunity for our football team," said Bolding. "Our seniors were sophomores two years ago at Bentonville and we were a bit wide eyed."
Bentonville won that game 45-0.
"Nothing can make us wide eyed now," Bolding said.
The Longview Lobos will not see what a Charging Wildcat looks like.
Blivins Caraway was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of his senior season according to the Longview News Journal.
"It’s tough, but everything happens for a reason," Caraway told the News Journal. "Hopefully my team will come together. I’m pretty sure they will."
Caraway injured his left knee early in the Lobos 41-8 season opening loss.
Sephon Dunn will likely start on Friday. Dunn was 2 of 5 for 49 yards in Caraway’s stead.
"He did fine," King said. "He made some mistakes, but he kind of got thrust into the fire. He did some good things and he’s going to compete. We’re going to try to get a plan together that he can be successful in."
Sophomore quarterback Dezmond Chumley will also get increased reps with the varsity offense this week.
Including two sacks, Longview ran the ball 21 of 26 plays after Caraway, who threw for 2,424 yards and 22 touchdowns last year, left the game.
"(Not having Caraway) puts a little more emphasis on us playing better as a team everywhere," King said. "Running the ball, maintaining blocks, getting off the field, being better in the kicking game. All that is just compounded."