With a young team, led by a young Dezmond Stegall, Coach Harper's Lions improved to four wins in 2009 and they won five games in 2010. Searcy made it to the playoffs in 2010, where they fell to State Runner-Up Texarkana in the first round 26-14.
The Lions offense started the season strong with 56 points against North Pulaski and 37 points against Morrilton, both wins. Searcy hit a rough stretch in the middle of the season, before ending the regular season with wins over Little Rock Hall and Mountain Home. They won those last two games by a combined score of 74 to 8.
The late season surge in offense along with the program's recent rise in the standings, give Lions fans reason for hope in 2011. A central factor in that hope is Stegall, who can win games for Searcy with his arm and his legs.
The 6'3" 205-pound quarterback showed last year he can be dangerous both ways. He ran for 129 yards and three scores against Hall. In the season opener against North Pulaski, he had 214 yards and four touchdowns through the air. His on the field success has led to off the field attention from college scouts.
Stegall said he was busy on the camp circuit this week. "I'm going to Missouri today," he said. "I go to Memphis on Friday and Arkansas State on Saturday."
Two schools have already offered and Stegall feels another is on the way. "I have offers from Louisiana Tech and UCA," he added. "I believe Memphis is close to offering."
The Louisiana Tech offer got Stegall's attention. "I'm excited about Louisiana Tech," explained Stegall. "I understand that they air it out a lot. I come from a run first offense, but I would love to be in an offense like theirs."
Stegall is the second quarterback from Arkansas with a Louisiana Tech offer. The Bulldogs also offered Pulaski Academy Quarterback Fredi Knighten.