Sports: Mustangs look to be full speed Friday

Central Arkansas Christian’s Mustangs stand 3-3 this season, but they have yet to field a full squad.

That should change Friday against Lisa Academy West, coach Matt Hall said.

“In our first three games, we were without our football players, and then another starter twisted an ankle and was out for a while,” said Hall, starting the third season of his second stint at Mustang Mountain. “He’ll be back Friday, and we’ll be at full strength for the first time.”

The Jaguars are 0-4.

CAC has wins over Heber Springs, 52-46; Conway Christian, 47-45; and Episcopal Collegiate in the 3A-6 conference opener Tuesday, 63-32.

“That was a good win,” Hall said of the Episcopal game. “We played well.”

The Mustangs raced out to a 16-5 advantage after one quarter. Senior Jackson Richmond hit six of seven field goals for 15 points. Junior Andrew Haughaboo added 14 and junior Steven Massey 12.

The Mustangs have lost to Baptist Prep, 64-40; Maumelle Charter, 63-49; and Mayflower, 67-50. Baptist Prep is 4-1; Mayflower is 6-0. Maumelle Charter is 3-4.

CAC joins Jacksonville Lighthouse, Palestine-Wheatley and Helena-West Helena Central atop the 3A-6 conference standings at 1-0. DeWitt, Episcopal, Lisa Academy West and Dollarway are 0-1.

“I think we can be competitive,” Hall said of the Mustangs’ new league. “Helena is always good. Dollarway and Lighthouse seem to be fairly competitive this year. Lighthouse is off to a good start at 7-3.

“I think it’s a league we can be competitive in if we can play good basketball.”