The Conway Wampus Cats have shown they have an offense that can be frightening to opposing defenses.
The Cats are averaging 46 points per game this season, with their lowest point total coming against Rogers Heritage (34) in Week 3, and have several key contributors in that scoring freenzy. Having multiple weapons has proven to give defenses fits so far.
But it’s not just the opposition who may be a little afraid. Conway coach Clint Ashcraft has no doubt been pleased with his offense’s production, but he hopes the group hasn’t reached its peak yet.
"It’s kind of scary," Ashcraft said after the Cats’ 41-7 win over Cabot in Friday night’s 7A-Central Conference opener. "It’s just the middle of the season. We can’t have a letdown. We’re really going to have to guard against that."
Conway opened the season with two straight 50-point performances, netting victories of 53-35 over Fort Smith Southside and 56-16 against Jonesboro. The Cats have put together consecutive scoring drives in each of their four games and have one of the top offenses in the state.
The reason? At least one big factor is experience.
That certainly came into play in the latest win.
"Playing (Cabot) twice last year really helped us," Ashcraft said. "It showed us what we need to do against those guys. We’ve got a lot of experience back, and that’s really paid off."
The Panthers defeated the Cats 21-7 in last season’s regular-season matchup and ousted Conway from the Class 7A state playoffs with a 38-7 victory in the second round. But it didn’t take long Friday night for the Cats to show things have changed.
"They’re awfully good," Cabot coach Mike Malham said. "They’ve got so many weapons and really execute well."
Quarterback Tyler Langley, who threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, is just the second player in Conway’s history to pass for more than 1,000 yards, as he eclipsed that mark in the latest win. Xavier Acklin surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last season.
"(Langley) does a great job," Ashcraft said. "He’s surprising a lot of people and really making some big plays."
Langley, who is just a junior, led the junior varsity squad last season and is poised to have a strong varsity career. With receivers such as Jalen Jones and Tristan Eddings back from last season, along with Desmond Cox, who missed last year with an ACL injury, there are several targets for Langley. Add to that the rushing attack of Jemarkus Harmon, Cordarius Irby and Cox, and the Cats have shown there are several players on the roster able to put up big plays.
But regardless of the individual results, Ashcraft knows Friday’s win — the first over Cabot since 2006 — was a significant one since it was the first conference contest.
"It’s huge," Ashcraft said. "Every win in this league is so valuable. You’ve got to win when you’re at home. That’s just how it is."