Arp dominated District 10-2A Division II in 2012, but believed Garrison would be primed to take over the top spot this season. And so far, Garrison has lived up to the expectations.

Garrison (4-0) enters Friday's matchup against reining 10-2A D-II champ Arp (1-3) with a chance to make a statement right off the bat. The Bulldogs' offense has been more explosive in the second year under head coach Craig Barker, the former offensive coordinator at Henderson. Garrison's defense, meanwhile, has carried over its success from last season. The Bulldogs are only allowing 16.3 points per game.

Arp may only have one win, but its three losses have come to No. 6 Tatum (3-0), Paul Pewitt (2-1) and rival Troup (3-1).

After Garrison and Arp, there's a crowd of five teams fighting for the last two playoff spots.

Among them is Hawkins, which is off to a surprising 4-0 start. The Hawks, who have outscored the opposition 159-61, begin district play against Winona (3-1), which claimed the third playoff spot from the district a season ago.

Frankston is off to an 0-4 start, but could make some noise in league play with one of the top playmakers in the district in sophomore receiver Kendrick Rogers (6-4, 185). West Rusk (1-3) running back George Anthony is also a game-changer and is among the area's rushing leaders with 768 yards and nine touchdowns. Preseason Updated Prediction
First*GarrisonGarrison (4-0)
Second*ArpArp (1-3)
Third*WinonaWinona (3-1)
Fourth*FrankstonHawkins (4-0)
FifthWest RuskFrankston (0-4)
SixthHawkinsWest Rusk (1-3)
SeventhUnion GroveUnion Grove (2-2)

* -- denotes playoff berth

Friday's District 10-2A Division II Openers

  • Arp at Garrison
  • Hawkins at Winona
  • Union Grove at West Rusk


Arp's Marcalas Johnson runs for yardage in the Tigers' 28-14 loss at Troup on Sept. 20. (Mark Martin,