Founders Week at CAC continues; Adams voted school's best football player

Central Arkansas Christian’s 50th birthday party continues this week at the school in North Little Rock.

The school opened on Sept, 13, 1971 at the Sylvan Hills Church of Christ with 156 students and Betty Murray as principal.

On Monday, the school celebrated Founder’s Day, while a talent show followed on Tuesday with a breakfast this morning.

There’s junior high football on Thursday at Mustang Mountain and the big event will be Friday with the Backyard Birthday Bash.

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Doug and Kathleen Freeman, considered the school’s founders, will be honored this Friday at halftime of the game between the Mustangs and Mayflower. After the game will be fireworks sponsored by Dr. Joel & Jennifer Smith  and McConnell & Sons Inc.

The Backyard Birthday Bash will be at the football practice field and tickets are $5 in advance.

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Schedule of events

  • Thursday: Home Athletics … Seventh grade and junior high football games against Stuttgart.

  • Friday: CAC’s Backyard Birthday Bash ... Join CAC for a community-wide outdoor celebration complete with food and live music prior to the football game and fireworks to follow. It starts at 5 p.m. at the football practice field, at 1 Windsong Drive. Tickets are $5 per person and a separate ticket is required for the game against Mayflower. 

Who was CAC’s best football player?

The answer to that question appears to be Joe Adams, now an assistant football coach at the school and a former wide receiver in the NFL.

Or at least that’s what Twitter thinks in a very informal poll seen below.

And it was a landslide for Adams, who got nearly 51 percent of the vote.

Other candidates, in order of finish, included:

Trent Morgan, now the boys basketball coach at Pulaski Academy, and described as the “most versatile” athlete at CAC, He had football and basketball scholarship offers as a Mustang and chose to play basketball at Harding

D.J. Williams a star at the University of Arkansas and another NFL alum

David Henson, a former all-state football player at CAC and multiple All-American at the University of Central Arkansas and who became the first Mustang in the NFL when he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 1992.

Some good suggestions rolled in on Twitter with former quarterbacks Jesse Gates and Jack Thomas, among others, getting mentioned.

As Kyle Sutherland of Rocktown Sports Media, said, "I frequently tell people Jesse is one of the better QBs in state history no one talks about. One of his many incredible plays was in the ‘04 semis, the ball was snapped over his head…he picked it up, juked out multiple defenders & turned a 15 yard loss into a 2-3 yard gain."

Ball, and video, don't lie.