LITTLE ROCK — The high school football season in Faulkner County will begin early with a stark contrast in styles.
Greenbrier will take on Beebe on Tuesday in the final of three games in First Security Kickoff Classic.
The Panthers, 4-7 a year ago, will play the Badgers (5-6) in a scheduled 7:30 p.m. game at War Memorial Stadium. It will follow a game between Central Arkansas Christian and Arkansas Baptist, which will begin at 5 p.m. Monday night, Stuttgart and Arkadelphia will play in the first game of the two-night event, co-sponsored and coordinated by 103;7 FM The Buzz.
Beebe is a predominant running team out of the Dead T. Greenbrier has been one of the most prolific passing teams in the state the last few years.
"It will be quite a contrast offensively," said Greenbrier coach Randy Tribble during a news conference Wednesday. "They will line up and knock our heads backward over and over again. We like to spread the field and move fast. We’ve got two good quarterbacks and I hope we can be balanced but we’re going to throw the ball around a lot."
"It will be kind of like Arkansas and Auburn," said Beebe coach John Shannon. "We will try to hang in there and not pass out as they try to go up and down the field real fast."
Greenbrier returns seven starters on offense and four on defense. Beebe returns nine offensively starters and six on defense.
"It’s the most experienced team I’ve had in my seven years at Beebe," Shannon said.
Tickets are $7 for adults and will be sold at the schools through Friday. Greenbrier will serve as the home team.