‘High­way 62 Bat­tle’ moves to Tues­day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - Henry Ap­ple, Scot­tie Borde­lon and Mike Cap­shaw con­trib­uted to this re­port.

FARM­ING­TON — The an­nual “Bat­tle of High­way 62” will take cen­ter stage on its own night this sea­son as Farm­ing­ton will host long­time ri­val Prairie Grove on Aug. 29. The game was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Sept. 1 but was moved up so more fans from the area could see the game.

“That’s why we did it,” said Farm­ing­ton coach Mike Adams. “We felt like a lot of peo­ple around here would like to see a Farm­ing­ton-Prairie Grove game and we hope to have a lot of peo­ple come out.”

Farm­ing­ton handed Prairie Grove its only reg­u­lar sea­son de­feat two years ago with a 28-12 win while the Tigers bounced back with a 35-14 vic­tory last sea­son. Even though it has been a non­con­fer­ence tilt since Farm­ing­ton moved up to Class 5A in 2014, the game still serves as a mea­sur­ing stick of sorts for both teams and towns.

“Ev­ery year is dif­fer­ent,” Adams said. “We’ve heard from sev­eral peo­ple that they think Prairie Grove is go­ing to have one of the bet­ter teams they’ve had in some time, and we feel like we have a bet­ter chance to be bet­ter than we have been num­bers-wise, strength­wise and ath­lete-wise, so we hope it’ll be a good game.

“It usu­ally is.”

Kick­off for the opener is sched­uled for 7 p.m. at Farm­ing­ton’s Allen Hol­land Sta­dium.

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