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Bruins Play for State Football Championship

12/8/2011
Pulaski Academy (13-0) will play Malvern (12-2) on Saturday, Dec. 10 for the 4A State Championship at War Memorial Stadium beginning at 12 p.m. The Bruins are hoping to complete their first undefeated season in school history and win their 3rd state championship in 9 years.

With Bentonville’s loss to Fayetteville on Saturday in the Class 7A final, Pulaski Academy will also be playing for claim of the overall No. 1 team in Arkansas. The Bruins have been No. 2 behind Bentonville for the majority of the season in four different polls and rankings: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Vype Coaches’ Poll, AP Poll, and the RPS Fearless Friday Rankings.

The Bruins advanced to the championship game after receiving a bye in the first round, then defeated Osceola, 57-18, Pottsville, 65-13, and Dollarway, 51-32. The Dollarway game had a little extra interest for the PA community last week as HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel was on campus Thursday and Friday to do a story on the football program, specifically focusing on Head Coach Kevin Kelley and his unique philosophies on football. The show will likely air in January or February, with the feature expected to be a 12-15 minute segment.

The Bruins are 2-2 in state championship games. They defeated Rivercrest, 62-32, for the 3A State Championship in 2003 and Helena-West Helena Central, 35-32, for the 5A State Championship in 2008. Greenwood defeated Pulaski Academy, 56-55, in the 2006 5A State Championship, and lost 61-40 last year to Shiloh Christian in the 4A State Championship game.

Pulaski Academy will be the home team for the first time in a championship game, which means they will be on the west side (press box side) of the stadium. For those unable to attend, video of the game will be live streamed on http://www.fearlessfriday.com. The game will be also be aired on 1090 AM which is also available on the iPhone or Android. It will NOT be airing on their usual station, KARN 102.9 FM. Inside and around the stadium, fans can tune to 99.9 to hear the broadcast as well.
Advance tickets are on sale in the Books & Bruins Campus Store and the Upper School Office. Advance tickets are $6 for students (ages 5 and up) and $7 for adults. If you do not purchase tickets in advance and buy them at the game, they will be $7 for everyone. Cash only is accepted. Advance tickets sales will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Campus Store hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The store will also be open on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for holiday shopping.