Sunday, December 2, 2007

Preview/Review of the Single-Wing Bearden Bears

Conference: 2A-7 Weest
Head coach: Mike Cox
Record last year: 12-2, 5-1
Points scored, points allowed: 454-234
Playoff appearances since 1968: 11
Last playoff appearance: 2006
Playoff record: 14-11

Key returning starters: QB/S Dewayne Watts, TB Carlos Chambers, TE/DE Robby Cox, TE/LB Brandon McAdoo, OT/NM Keyon Lowe, OG Clay Vaughan, C Trey Hopkins, RB/CB Michael Belm, LB P.J. Shavers, DE Demerea Farrell, LB Carlos Chambers, LB David Pennington, CB Kasey Moore.

Outlook: The Bears will go hunting again this year after a 12-2 campaign last year that included playoff wins over Bigelow, Earle and Foreman before a semifinal loss to eventual state champion Jessieville. Exciting quarterback Dewayne Watts returns to pace an explosive offense that utilizes the single-wing as well as multiple formations. Watts had 234 carries for 1,852 yards and 30 touchdowns last year while also converting nine two-point conversions. Watts also passed for 1,285 yards and 20 touchdowns. Watts is hardly alone, however, on an offense that has eight starters in all returning. The Bears are experienced all over the offense with tailback Carlos Chambers, who had 1,020 rushing yards, and running back Michael Belm, who benches 260 pounds. Tackle Keyon Lowe, guard Clay Vaughan, center Trey Hopkins and tight ends Robby Cox and Brandon McAdoo return as well on offense. Up front defensively, Lowe anchors the line in the middle with Demerea Ferrell and Cox flanking him on the line. Brandon McAdoo, P.J. Chambers, Chambers and David Pennington all started at linebacker a year ago. Bearden is also experienced in the secondary with cornerbacks Kasey Moore and Belin, and Watts at safety returning. Watts had five interceptions last year. Moore and Belin had three each.

Comments from Cox: "Watts is drawing Division I interest. He had five interceptions last season and returned one 90 yards for a touchdown. He also is a hard hitter who caused several fumbles. Chambers ran extremely hard last season. Belin should be a major offensive weapon. He has great hands and can cut on a dime. We return 4,592 yards of offense. Robby Cox returns at tight end where was a blocking force last season. He should figure into the passing scheme this season. McAdoo will see time at both split end and tight end. Our line could be better than last season's as Lowe return at one tackle. The senior runs and blocks well. The defense returns 12 players who started in five or more games last season. Leading the way is Keyon Lowe at nose guard. He was a nightmare to most opposing centers last season. We have several young players who are ready to contribute. We should be able to two-platoon. We have a lot of speed on both sides of the ball. We have solid linemen on offense and defense. We have three good classes cycling through right now."

Current 2007 Schedule, Winning team is underlined.
Week Date Home Team Away Team Final PF PA Conf
01 08-31-2007 Harmony Grove Bearden 7 - 41 No
02 09-07-2007 Bearden Des Arc 27 - 0 No
03 09-14-2007 Gurdon Bearden 0 - 7 No
04 09-21-2007 Bearden Norphlet 51 - 0 Yes
05 09-28-2007 Bearden Parkers 43 - 0 Yes
06 10-05-2007 Hampton Bearden 0 - 60 Yes
07 10-12-2007 Bearden Woodlawn 38 - 6 No
08 10-19-2007 Strong Bearden 0 - 26 Yes
09 10-26-2007 Hermitage Bearden 6 - 62 Yes
10 11-02-2007 Bearden Junction City 28 - 6 Yes
11 11-09-2007 Bearden Bye - Round 1 Playoff
12 11-16-2007 Bearden Murfreesboro 54 - 26 Round 2 Playoff
13 11-23-2007 Bearden Woodlawn 43 - 8 Round 3 Playoff
14 11-30-2007 Bearden Earle 37 - 14 Round 4 Playoff

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