Frank Stapleton

Frank Stapleton

Head Coach at Mount Ida

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Arkansas Tech.


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Danville alumnus Frank Stapleton will be in attendance at the Little Johns state semifinal playoff game this Friday, but you'll have to forgive him for not cheering for his alma mater. Stapleton, a 1974 graduate of Danville High School, is returning to Little John Field as the head coach of Mount Ida, the Little Johns opponent for the right to go play in next week's state championship game in Little Rock. "I'm sure a whole lot of memories will come back when I cross that mountain and see the stadium," Stapleton said."I have a lot of good memories there.We won the state championship my sophomore year and made the semifinals the next two. "I'm sure that there will be a big crowd and exciting and for me it will even a bit more exciting." After graduating from Danville, Stapleton got his degree at Arkansas Tech.His first job was at Hector and after a few more stops, ended up at Mount Ida four years ago. He still has a lot of family in Danville and the surrounding area and he is certain they have had a tough decision on who to pull for. "I feel like they will be pulling for me because family loyalty is a little bit thicker (than school loyalty)," Stapleton said."My dad told me the other night that he can't lose either way." He is impressed with this year's version of the Little Johns. "They are so solid," the coach said."They make very few mistakes.Their quarterback is impressive.Their defense is impressive.They had a good kicking game.You just don't see any weaknesses."Our effort has been great," Stapleton said."(The players) have confidence in one another and they stay focused every week If we have a secret key to our success, it's we play hard every week." As far as the keys to the game on Friday night, the coach sees a couple of things. "Turnovers are always big," Stapleton said."At this level, we don't have much depth so injuries could play a part.It could come down to turnovers and who gets the break they need." Copyright © 2002, Russellville Newspapers, Inc.

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"We made crucial turnovers, but they [Little Johns] dominated the line of scrimmage," said Mount Ida Coach Frank Stapleton after the game."They controlled the line of scrimmage and made the big plays when they needed them.They deserved to win, and I hope they win it next week.We didn't play our best tonight, but we played a good football team.I'm so proud of this football team and our [10] seniors." The Little Johns won the coin toss to receive the opening kickoff - as they had in every playoff game this season - but drew first blood on their second offensive possession.

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