The Monticello Billies and the McGehee Owls will square off for the first time in 20 years Tuesday night in the Hooten’s Classic season kick off at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Golden Lion Stadium.

Monticello coach Greg Tiner says it’s going to be a battle.

“Their kids are extremely well coached they’re very, very hard nosed,” Tiner said. “It’s going to be a battle for us for four quarters. They’re not going to change what they do, they’re going to continue to punch you in the mouth  play after play after play…. We have to understand if we stop ’em the first series they’re not going to change and do something else… they’re going to continue (to do the same thing). That’s their mentality, that’s how they’re coached, that’s how they practice. We know it’s going to be a physical, hard-nosed football game for four quarters.”

McGehee has set its sights for a state championship but Monticello is not who you want to see in the first game, Haddock says.

“You want to start off with somebody you know you’re going to be competitive with,” Haddock said. “I don’t know if we can compete with Monticello with their size and speed but we’re gonna give it our best shot.”

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Kick-off is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available in McGehee at McGehee High School and in Monticello at Union Bank, Commercial Bank and at the Monticello School District’s central office. Monticello football players, band members, cheerleaders and dance team members are also selling tickets.