After spending two years in Class AAA, the Gurdon Go-Devils will return to Class AA division.

After spending two years in Class AAA, the Gurdon Go-Devils will return to Class AA division.
“We’re excited about that and being able to pick up some of the rivalries we have had in conference play,” said Gurdon head football coach Kyle Jackson.
In addition, Jackson noted the depth to his team as he has 40 players on his senior high roster.
“That is one thing a lot of AA schools aren’t blessed with. We’re going to be able to play a lot of people on one side of the ball, which will help us early in the year,” said Jackson.
The coach also noted the level of talent his team has.
“We’ve got a good group of kids that are coming through right now. Any time it is time to work they are always here,” Jackson said.
Defensively, Jackson said the Go-Devils will be led senior by middle line backer Cam Lollis. Senior Kelton Anderson will play safety, while Remi Williams will be on the defensive line.
Offensively, the Go-Devils will be led by senior Braiden Harper, Antonio Dickens, Jameson Threadgill, Earnest Young and Armando Harper. Thomas Stockdale will be the receiver/tight end.
“I think defensively we are going to be as good as we have been in a while,” Jackson said.
As of now, the Go-Devils have 11 defensive starters and 11 different offensive starters.
“We’re very, very fortunate and I think it is going to pay dividends, especially early in the year when it is still hot and conditioning is a factor. Being able to one-way guys should give us an advantage over whoever we are playing,” Jackson said.
After tonight’s season opener against Genoa Central for their Hall of Fame Game, the Go-Devils will travel to Benton to face Haskell Harmony Grove on Friday, Sept. 7.
Following another road trip to Ouachita County on Sept. 14 to take on the Bearden Bears, Gurdon will return home to face the Dierks Outlaws on Sept. 21.
A trip to Mineral Springs is slated for Sept. 28 before the Go-Devils host the Murfreesboro Rattlers on Oct. 5.
After taking on the Spring Hill Bears on the road on Oct. 12, Gurdon returns home to take on the Lafayette County Cougars on Oct. 19 and Mt. Ida Lions on Oct. 26 for senior night.
Gurdon will wrap up their regular season action with a trip to Foreman to face the Gators.
According to Jackson, Foreman, who won the state championship last year, is the preseason favorite to win the conference this year.
In addition to Foreman, Jackson said Mt. Ida and Mineral Springs will be tough opponents for the Go-Devils.
Jackson noted the overwhelming support of the community.
“We’re looking for a big crowd Friday night for the football game and for the hall of fame induction,” Jackson said.
The hall of fame induction ceremony will be held prior to the game at 6:30 p.m. Inductees for this year are: Andy Hatley, Davion Williams, Ashley Berry, Marcus Hatley and Bobby Smithson.
Kick-off for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.