Badger fans of today and yesterday are invited to join current Badger head football coach J.R. Eldridge and other Badger fans this Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. at Tinseltown in Benton to see "Outlaw: Life, Death and Texas Football", a documentary chronicling for mer Badger head football coach John Outlaw.
Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds will go back to the Arkadelphia Badger Football program. Tickets are on sale in Arkadelphia at Southwest Sporting Goods.
The movie by filmmaker Matt Skinner follows Outlaw during some of his time at Lufkin (TX) High School and features clips from his days as the Arkadelphia head football coach. The movie, which was several years in the making, features scenes from the 2005 season when film crews followed the Panthers during the season. The film took a different turn in December of 2011 when Coach Outlaw tragically passed away.
The film follows Lufkin in the recovery process after losing Coach Outlaw and then taking the field under Outlaw's longtime assistant Todd Quick.
Outlaw's time at Arkadelphia is highlighted in the film and features interviews with the radio voices of the Badgers Rex Nelson and Jeff Root, former Badger Fitz Hill and more. Also shown in the movie are game clips and interview clips from the state championship season including clips with legendary Badger assistant coach Willie Tate.
"I had a chance to see the film at the Hot Springs Documentary film festival last fall and even though I wasn't around during that decade, I came away with an appreciation for the era," said Arkadelphia Athletic Director Chris Babb. "There were a lot of Arkadelphia folks at that showing and I hope they'll be able to join Coach Eldridge and myself and take advantage of this showing to be able to see the film and in turn support our program.
"We're grateful to Matt Skinner and former Badger Chris Webb for working this out," said Babb. "We're working with Matt to have a showing in Arkadelphia in the future, but as of right now, this is the best time for Badger fans from that era and now to be able to see the film. The Razorbacks play at 11:00 Saturday morning, so there's plenty of time for fans to take in that game and then cap the weekend off with a football movie."