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November 30, 2017

CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock
Saturday, December 2, noon

NORTH LITTLE ROCK CHARGING WILDCATS (12-0)
Head coach: Jamie Mitchell
(31-6 in 3rd year at North Little Rock, 194-67 overall in 21 years)
Playoff appearances: 26
Playoff record: 17-25
State championships: (4) 1972, 1970, 1966, 1965
State championship games: (2ND)
2016 lost to Fayetteville, 53-19
FEARLESS FACTS; Mitchell is in his third year at North Little Rock, taking over for Brad Bolding after he was terminated by the school district. … Mitchell is a graduate of Pontotoc MS and was an assistant coach when his alma mater won the state championship in 1992 before going on to lead Starkville MS to the state championship in 2012. … North Little Rock has not won a state championship under the current playoff format, but did win state championships as the champion of the big-school conference in 1972 and 1970 as North Little Rock Ole Main and in 1965 as North Little Rock. … The 1966 state championship was by finishing No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll after sharing the big-school conference championship with Little Rock Hall and Fort Smith Northside. … Ken Stephens was the head coach of the 1965, 1966 and 1970 champions while Henry Hawk was the coach of the 1972 championship team. … North Little Rock has never had a perfect season although it did go undefeated in 1965 with a 13-13 tie to El Dorado and a 0-0 tie to Pine Bluff to finish 10-0-2. … North Little Rock, originally known as Argenta High School until 1930, split into Ole Main and Northeast in 1970, and then reunited in 1990, renaming the mascot the Charging Wildcats from Northeast’s mascot of the Chargers and Ole Main’s mascot of the Wildcats … The Charging Wildcats are just 7-15 against teams from the 7A-West in the playoffs since 1990 and has not played one this season. … David Chapple has thrown for 1,724 yards and 17 scores this year and also ran for 11 touchdowns. … Brandon Thomas leads the ground gain with 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns but Oscar Adaway has also rushed for 822 yards and seven scores. … Deante Montgomery has caught 32 passes for 533 yards and eight touchdowns.

BENTONVILLE TIGERS (10-2)
Head coach: Jody Grant
(30-7 overall and at Bentonville)
Playoff appearances: 18
Playoff record: 30-12
State championships: (4) 2014, 2010, 2008, 2001
State championship games: (8TH)
2014 defeated Fayetteville, 24-21
2013 defeated Cabot, 39-28
2012 lost to Fayetteville, 31-20
2011 lost to Fayetteville, 29-28 OT
2010 defeated Fayetteville, 49-28
2008 defeated Fort Smith Southside, 32-20
2001 defeated El Dorado, 23-16
FEARLESS FACTS: Grant is a 1994 graduate of Greenwood. … His grandfather, Joe, is a legendary high school coach in Alabama, winning the state championship in 1964 at Coffee High School in Florence, Ala., with Jody Grant’s father, Jim, playing on that team. … Jody Grant was the defensive coordinator for Bentonville’s 2013 and 2014 state championship teams and was an assistant for nine years under Barry Lunney, who retired after the 2014 championship. … Bentonville lost nonconference games to Kansas City Rockhurst and Conway by a combined 70-24 in games one and three, respectively, before rebounding with nine straight wins to win the 7A-West. … Nathan Lyons has thrown for 2,419 yards and 29 touchdowns and also rushed for 580 yards and five scores. … Easton Miller leads the rushing game with 831 yards and 11 touchdowns, but has not played in the two playoff games. … Kam’Ron Mays-Hunt is one of the top receivers in the state with 66 catches for 1,097 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, and has 198 career receptions for 2,852 yards and 30 touchdowns.
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