Anything’s possible, but this is highly unlikely.
Heading into Saturday’s 5A state title game, the Pulaski Academy Bruins are simply one of the greatest offensive machines this state has seen. “The Bruins average 534.2 total yards and 50.6 points per game, figures that likely would be even higher if their starters weren’t pulled at halftime in many games,” Robert Yates wrote in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “The Bruins have outscored opponents 534-126 in the first half and its starters have played in the fourth quarter in just two games.”
And this year, with the help of numerous future D1 players, their defense has been pretty top-notch, too.
Here’s a taste of what Malvern has to stop:
As you can see, stopping the Bruins will be a monumental task. Malvern itself knows this firsthand, after playing P.A. on Oct. 21. The Leopards lost 47-16 on the road.
The above video isn’t mean to target or disparage Dollarway in any way. I only meant to showcase the mind-meltingly efficient blitzgrieg nature of the Bruins’ attack. It’s an attack HBO will soon feature on national television, and one headed by possibly the greatest dual-threat quarterback in the state’s history. Senior quarterback Fredi Knighten, who has completed 240 of 328 passes for 4,239 yards and 63 touchdowns this season. Knighten has also rushed 93 times for 766 yards and 13 touchdowns, according to the Democrat-Gazette.
No matter what happens against Malvern, this P.A. team’s numbers so far this season will be hard to topple for any future juggernaut.
Oh, and here’s some of the players who feature prominently in the video:
#1 L.J. Wallace
#5 Jack Snider
#7 Fredi Knighten
#9 Kendall Bruce
#16 Aum’Arie Wallace
#22 Cody Adcock
#82 Hunter Henry