It’s time for Benton Panther State Championship football! Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the Benton Panthers and Searcy Lions will battle for the Class 6A State Championship at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The Panthers (9-3) return for a second consecutive appearance in the title game, their third in the past six years, and fourth all-time. The 1977 Panthers were crowned State Champs after a 13-7 victory over Conway. The 2014 Panthers finished State Runner-up with a loss to Pine Bluff as did last year’s Panthers with a defeat at the hands of Greenwood.
This game matches the Conference Champions from the 6A. Benton went undefeated (7-0) in claiming the 6A West crown while Searcy (11-1, 6-1) won the 6A East conference title. This will be Searcy’s first appearance in a State Championship game since 1984 with the school’s lone State Championship coming in 1933.
The Panthers reached the championship game thanks to a 63-35 win over West Memphis at home last Friday night. Searcy knocked off Greenwood 50-38 at Searcy to secure the Lions’ spot in the championship ga
Due to the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) owning the video broadcast rights to all State Championship games, the Benton Panther Football Network is only able to provide live radio and audio streaming of the game. The Panther Broadcast team of Terry Benham, Jim Gardner, and Dio Vannucci will have the call of the game on the radio home of Benton Panther Football, 106.7FM The Ride.
Tonight’s game can also be heard live on the radio home of Benton Panther football, 106.7 FM The Ride. The listen live link for 106.7 can be found by CLICKING HERE.
For directions to the game, CLICK HERE then the “get directions” link
The broadcast on 106.7FM The Ride will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Everett Buick GMC Panther Pregame Show.
Live stats will also be updated for this game by clicking HERE
The Benton Panther Football Network video production crew will be providing statewide television coverage of the game on AETN. In addition, live video stream will be available through the NFHS Network at this link (HERE). The NFHS Network live video feed requires a $10.99 subscription fee to access the game.