Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - The high school football season kick's into gear tomorrow night, but tonight Newport and Batesville are set to kick things off tonight.
In 2008 Batesville beat Newport 24-14 and look to repeat that success. Batesville is coming off of a (10-2) season in 2008, they made it to the state playoff's before falling to Greenwood. Hootens has the Pioneers as the favorite to take the 5A East crown, in 2008 Batesville finished second in the 5A East behind West Helena.
While Newport lost their rivalry game to Batesville last year, the Greyhounds went on to have a very successful year. Newport went (10-4) in 2008 and finished second in the 3-4A conference. They went all the way to the state semi final game where they fell to Pine Bluff Dollarway.