The epitome of Mountainburg sports, veteran Coach Tom Harrell, is eager to start another round of Dragon football. Compared to 30 years ago when Harrell first started, the football program has changed drastically. “We average 30 players each year now, whereas, in the past, numbers were always an issue,” Coach Harrell says. “The facilities and equipment now are top of the line for a AA school in Arkansas. And the community has fallen in love with football. Even on long road games, we always have a great crowd.”
During the 2018 football season, Mountainburg finished 8-3 overall and made it to the second round of the state playoffs. This season though, the Dragons are geared up and ready to set things on fire. Mountainburg will be playing in the 2A conference alongside Hackett, Hector, Lavaca, JC Westside, WYC, and Magazine. If the Dragons are wanting to stay on top, Coach Harrell says, “We will have to win the close games, show improvement on both sides of the ball, and most of all stay healthy.”
Every year, the Dragons hope to compete for the title of Conference Champions and this upcoming football season is no different. Last year, Mountainburg shared the conference championship with Hector. This season though, the Dragons will share the top with no one. Coach Harrell says his team is looking forward to week 10 when they get to take on Hector at home.
Another exciting match-up Mountainburg is looking forward to is their game against Magazine. “Magazine will be for real this year. They have a very tough and talented senior and junior class.” During the 2018 football season, the Dragons annihilated the Rattlers 40-8. This season, Mountainburg plans to do it again as they are returning 12 offensive and defensive starters. Dragon football gets underway as they take on the Golden Arrows at Lavaca on August 30.