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CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP MOUNT IDA (14-0) VS. FOREMAN (12-1)

ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Mount Ida looking to go back-to-back

By Jeremy Muck

This article was published December 15, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Coach Michael White’s Mount Ida Lions will play in their second consecutive Class 2A championship game today against the Foreman Gators. While some may have viewed last year’s victory over Hampton as a fluke, White didn’t apologize for the victory Thursday. “My kids worked as hard or harder than anybody else,” White said. “They earned their right to be here. My kids kept playing. We didn’t panic. We didn’t lose our composure. Lo and behold, we got some breaks. But it don’t bother me when people say that. The final score is what matters.”

Running back Jonathan Lagrange takes a handoff from quarterback Cade Jackson during Thursday’s practice at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The du...

Class 2A state championship at a glance

FOREMAN (12-1)

DATE;OPPONENT;RESULT

Sept. 1;Genoa Central;W, 42-14

Sept. 8;Open

Sept. 15;at Horatio;W, 47-0

Sept. 22;Spring Hill*;W, 42-0

Sept. 29;Dierks*;W, 56-14

Oct. 6;at Lafayette County*;W, 63-8

Oct. 13;at Mount Ida*;L, 36-7

Oct. 20;Mineral Springs*;W, 28-14

Oct. 27;at Murfreesboro*;W, 69-0

Nov. 2;at Mountain Pine*;W, 49-21

Nov. 10;Clarendon#;W, 52-0

Nov. 17;Bearden#;W, 35-18

Nov. 24;at Danville#;W, 51-6

Dec. 8;Salem#;W, 41-7

*7-2A Conference game

Playoff game

COACH Mark King (20-5 in second season at school)

MASCOT Gators

CONFERENCE 7-2A

RECORD 12-1, 6-1 7-2A, second

RANKING Not ranked (at end of regular season)

PLAYERS TO WATCH QB Kyren Batey (Jr., 5-9, 180); RB Isaac Carver (So., 5-7, 150); RB C.J. Green (5-9, 180); DE/LB Chris Haywood (6-3, 240); LB Corey Lovewell (Sr., 5-10, 195)

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MOUNT IDA (14-0)

DATE;OPPONENT;RESULT

Sept. 1;at Magazine;W, 41-6

Sept. 8;at Jessieville;W, 28-6

Sept. 15;Lamar;W, 42-7

Sept. 22;at Mineral Springs*;W, 42-14

Sept. 29;Murfreesboro*;W, 48-0

Oct. 6;at Spring Hill*;W, 57-7

Oct. 13;Foreman*;W, 36-7

Oct. 20;at Dierks*;W, 44-6

Oct. 27;Mountain Pine*;W, 49-22

Nov. 2;at Lafayette County*;W, 54-0

Nov. 10;Des Arc#;W, 45-0

Nov. 17;Marked Tree#;W, 56-22

Nov. 24;Conway Christian#;W, 34-28

Dec. 8;at Camden Harmony Grove#;W, 27-14

*7-2A Conference game

Playoff game

COACH Michael White (113-41 in 13th season at school)

MASCOT Lions

CONFERENCE 7-2A

RECORD 14-0, 7-0 7-2A, first

RANKING No. 1 in Class 2A

PLAYERS TO WATCH QB/SS Cade Jackson (Jr., 5-9, 165); RB/LB Jonathan Lagrange (Jr., 6-1, 216); RB/LB Cade Helms (Sr., 5-10, 208); DE Champ Saylors (Jr., 6-2, 165); CB Bridger Farmer (Sr., 5-8, 155)

A team can be motivated by losing a state championship game going into an offseason.

Running back Jonathan Lagrange takes a handoff from quarterback Cade Jackson during Thursday’s practice at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The du...

Class 2A state championship at a glance

FOREMAN (12-1)

DATE;OPPONENT;RESULT

Sept. 1;Genoa Central;W, 42-14

Sept. 8;Open

Sept. 15;at Horatio;W, 47-0

Sept. 22;Spring Hill*;W, 42-0

Sept. 29;Dierks*;W, 56-14

Oct. 6;at Lafayette County*;W, 63-8

Oct. 13;at Mount Ida*;L, 36-7

Oct. 20;Mineral Springs*;W, 28-14

Oct. 27;at Murfreesboro*;W, 69-0

Nov. 2;at Mountain Pine*;W, 49-21

Nov. 10;Clarendon#;W, 52-0

Nov. 17;Bearden#;W, 35-18

Nov. 24;at Danville#;W, 51-6

Dec. 8;Salem#;W, 41-7

*7-2A Conference game

Playoff game

COACH Mark King (20-5 in second season at school)

MASCOT Gators

CONFERENCE 7-2A

RECORD 12-1, 6-1 7-2A, second

RANKING Not ranked (at end of regular season)

PLAYERS TO WATCH QB Kyren Batey (Jr., 5-9, 180); RB Isaac Carver (So., 5-7, 150); RB C.J. Green (5-9, 180); DE/LB Chris Haywood (6-3, 240); LB Corey Lovewell (Sr., 5-10, 195)

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MOUNT IDA (14-0)

DATE;OPPONENT;RESULT

Sept. 1;at Magazine;W, 41-6

Sept. 8;at Jessieville;W, 28-6

Sept. 15;Lamar;W, 42-7

Sept. 22;at Mineral Springs*;W, 42-14

Sept. 29;Murfreesboro*;W, 48-0

Oct. 6;at Spring Hill*;W, 57-7

Oct. 13;Foreman*;W, 36-7

Oct. 20;at Dierks*;W, 44-6

Oct. 27;Mountain Pine*;W, 49-22

Nov. 2;at Lafayette County*;W, 54-0

Nov. 10;Des Arc#;W, 45-0

Nov. 17;Marked Tree#;W, 56-22

Nov. 24;Conway Christian#;W, 34-28

Dec. 8;at Camden Harmony Grove#;W, 27-14

*7-2A Conference game

Playoff game

COACH Michael White (113-41 in 13th season at school)

MASCOT Lions

CONFERENCE 7-2A

RECORD 14-0, 7-0 7-2A, first

RANKING No. 1 in Class 2A

PLAYERS TO WATCH QB/SS Cade Jackson (Jr., 5-9, 165); RB/LB Jonathan Lagrange (Jr., 6-1, 216); RB/LB Cade Helms (Sr., 5-10, 208); DE Champ Saylors (Jr., 6-2, 165); CB Bridger Farmer (Sr., 5-8, 155)

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