The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats had a solid year in 2008, but it could have been great.

North Little Rock finished 7-4, but it could have easily been 9-2 or better.


The Charging Wildcats gave up tough losses at Russellville and Bryant. The Cyclones beat North Little Rock with a late field goal, 17-14, and Bryant beat the Charging Wildcats in overtime, 14-13.


North Little Rock had trouble finishing games in 2008, so finishing is the key for greater success in 2009.


Senior all-conference receiver Devonta Rich returns as North Little Rock’s main offensive threat after pulling in more than 700 receiving yards in 2008.


North Little Rock’s real strength lies with its defensive line. The Charging Wildcats return three seniors on the line: De’Arius Hudson (6-0, 330) and Colt Schaller (6-2, 240) at tackle and Bryan McCleary (6-2, 235) at end. The three seniors bolster what could be the best defensive line in the state.


North Little Rock faces tough competition in Cabot for the top spot in the 7A-Central.


2009 Schedule

Sept. 4            – Texarkana (Away)

Sept. 11 – El Dorado

Sept. 18 – Sylvan Hills

Sept. 25 – Russellville

Oct. 2 – Conway (Away)

Oct. 9 – Cabot

Oct. 16 – LR Catholic (Away)

Oct. 23 – LR Central (Away)

Oct. 30 – Bryant

Nov. 6 – Van Buren (Away)