This is the inaugural season for the Arkansas Punishers. This team is a creation of parts of old semi-pro football powerhouses like the Arkansas Hawks and Arkansas Ducks. The Punishers will be led into battle by head coach Justin Bowie, who has several years of top experience coaching at this level.
A lot of eyeballs will be on this team due to the high praise the Punishers have garnered this offseason. This praise has turned to expectation, with Bowie setting the bar high for his first year team. He has gone on-record to say he sees no reason why the Punishers won’t finish the season a perfect 10-0.
It will be interesting to see if Bowie’s big words ring true come June.
The Southern Sports Network was there for Arkansas’ first preseason game against the Tahlequah Vipers from the neighboring 4SFL. While the Punishers on the day were victorious, 18-13, the team by no means looked like a 10-0 juggernaut. For Punishers’ fans, the hope would be that the team has used the two months between the Vipers game and the start of the season to find that elite level.
|3/20||@ Arkansas Xtra||No Contest|
|3/27||Jonesboro Gladiators||W, 49-20|
|4/3||Arkansas Silverbacks^||W, 33-0|
|4/10||@ Ouachita Reapers||W, 20-14|
|4/17||@ Arkansas Boltz||W, 26-14|
|5/1||@ Jonesboro Gladiators|
|5/8||@ Arkansas Silverbacks|