EPC battles Trumann, in key district battle

Friday, November 1, 2002

A key matchup this week in high school football in Northeast Arkansas will see the EPC Sr. Warriors traveling north, on U.S. 63, this Friday to face the Trumann Wildcats. The game is important because a loss by either team will hurt their chances to make the state playoffs. EPC (5-3, 3-2) are coming off a huge 40-32 victory over Osceola last Friday at home. The Warriors were led by senior quarterback Brandon Fortenberry, who passed for a career-high 521 yards and five touchdowns. Fortenberry also added a rushing touchdown, which gives him over 2,200 total yards this year. EPC was also led by the receiving tandem of P.J. Lacy and Marcus Monk, who combined for 349 yards receiving last week against Osceola.

Trumann (5-3, 3-2) are coming off a 35-6 win over Piggott last week, keyed by the play of quarterback Preston Timbs and multi-threat athlete Adam Sloan. Sloan rushed for 118 yards against Piggott and Timbs, along with sophomore Clint Trigg scored touchdowns against the Mohawks.

A possible key to the game for each team is how each team's defense responds in the game. EPC played a long, hard-fought game last Friday against Osceola and will have to stop a Trumann rushing game that rushed for over 300 yards last week. Trumann, on the other hand will have to stop a potent EPC passing game that burned the Osceola secondary last week.

Game time is Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Trumann.

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