Arnold Makes Monster Statement

Little Rock McClellan's Reggie Arnold rushes for over 300 yards and four touchdowns in Little Rock McClellan's 60-28 win over Little Rock Fair to open the season.

The young man they call Monster started his senior season by having a Monster Game.

Little Rock McClellan senior tailback Reggie "Monster" Arnold rushed 30 times for 323 yards and four touchdowns as the Lions ripped Little Rock Fair 60-28 Friday night in the two team's season opener.

"The offensive line just had an exceptional effort and I just ran as hard as I could and as fast as I could to the hole," Arnold said. "We think it was just the first game of McClellan's shock the world tour this season."

The 5-9, 220-pound Arnold's previous career high had been just 170 yards, but he nearly had that by halftime of the first game of his senior campaign.

"I just put so much effort into the weight room and getting stronger and faster," Arnold said. "I think it's going to pay off for me this season and later on in my career."

While Arnold stresses he is a team-first guy, he does admit to having a big-time individual goal for the season that far exceeds his total of 1,300 yards rushing last season.

"I want to break the state's single season rushing record this year," Arnold said. "I think it's something like 2,700 yards. I'm off to a good start."

Arnold is planning on playing more than 10 games to get that record.

"This is the year that I think Little Rock McCellan gets the respect that people have not been giving us," Arnold said. "Like I said, I think we are going to shock the world with how well we are going to do."

Arnold doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but is hearing from schools like Purdue (where his dad is a former standout) and Arkansas.

"Arkansas has been in contact with me off and on," Arnold said. "I hope games like this last one will show people what I can do and I will get some credit for being a very good football player."

McClellan will try to make it 2-0 on Friday night when it travels to face Van Buren.

"I know our coach is going to tell us not to be satisfied with our first game and how we have to keep working hard to achieve what we want to this year," Arnold said. "We are planning to get better every game."

Arnold will be in the stands Saturday night in Fayetteville when Arkansas and Texas play at 7:45 p.m..

"That's going to be a great game," Arnold said. "Those are two of the teams that I really like. I'm rally looking forward to it."

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