Ford Optimistic Despite 0-3 Start

Bentonville quarterback Kasey Ford is trying to help the Tigers avoid an 0-4 start Friday, when Bentonville travels to Fort Smith Southside.

Kasey Ford is not concerned about Bentonville’s winless start.

For the first time since 2003, the Tigers are 0-3, with losses to Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst, Broken Arrow (Okla.) and Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), all of which are traditional powers in their respective states.

The four-star quarterback said he tries to encourage his teammates, but ultimately head coach Barry Lunney, Sr., is the biggest motivator.

“We’re all bummed, but who wouldn’t be?” Ford said. “Coach Lunney is in a good mood and has a good attitude, which puts us in a good mood and gives us a good attitude, too.”

During the tough non-conference schedule, Ford has struggled along with his team, completing just 50 percent of his passes for an average of 118 yards per game. He also has more interceptions (2) than touchdown passes (1).

“I have to make decisions faster,” Ford said. “I don’t have as much time in the pocket as last year, but that’s fine. It’s the quarterback’s responsibility to (find the right receiver).”

While the schedule has given Bentonville its worst record to start a season in 11 years, Ford is confident the Tigers will benefit from it.

“One thing it does is it makes us better,” Ford said. “The speed is so much faster in those games and we’re learning from our mistakes.”

The day after Bentonville’s season-opening loss to Rockhurst, Ford was in Fayetteville to watch Arkansas beat Nicholls State 73-7.

“They absolutely destroyed Nicholls State,” Ford said. “They ran all over them and that’s what they’ve done all season. I’ve enjoyed watching them.”

Arkansas’ running back tandem of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams may get all of the attention, but Ford said he was very impressed with Brandon Allen and that he is a very underrated quarterback.

The Razorbacks have not offered the Class of 2016 prospect, but Ford does boast an offer from Louisville, which is led by former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino.

“I think Petrino is a great coach,” Ford said. “A lot of people don’t like him as a person, but he’s a great coach. I’m blessed to have an offer from him.”

The Cardinals are the only team to offer him so far, but Ford remains optimistic that he’ll pick up more during and after the season.

“You can never really tell,” Ford said. “God-willing, I hope I do. I just need to keep working hard.”

Bentonville and Ford open up conference play Friday with a road game at Fort Smith Southside.

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