While Mountainburg faces its third league contest, the other county teams will begin conference contests.
Conference play is in full swing.
Van Buren hosts Bentonville West while Alma travels to Vilonia.
Cedarville is also back at home to face Charleston.
Mountainburg heads up the hill to take on Decatur for its third 2A-4 league contest.
Bentonville West at Van Buren
Last week, Van Buren suffered a 35-21 loss at Siloam Springs. The Pointers trailed 28-14, but Van Buren pulled within a touchdown when Christian Morrow hit Brycen St. Mary for a 46-yard touchdown strike.
The Panthers extended their lead when Landon Ellis recovered a tipped pass and covered 59 yards for the score.
Walter Green had 115 yards and had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Wolverines return 22 starters and added Hunter Swoboda during the offseason. In the second week of the season, Bentonville West had 229 on the ground and 241 through the air and limited Little Rock Central to 38 yards.
Bentonville West is averaging 46 points per game so far this season. Last season, the Wolverines were averaging 18.9 ppg. The squad only had three wins in 2016, including a 42-14 win against the Pointers.
Alma at Vilonia
The Eagles (1-2) are looking to bounce back after a pair of losses to Class 4A Pottsville and Booneville.
Vilonia opened the season with a 29-18 win at Green County Tech and snapped an 18-game loss string. The Eagles dropped a 47-27 decision to Pottsville and were rolled 35-14 by the Bearcats. However, Vilonia returns 22 seniors including a pair of running backs, Ben Duff and Isaiah Rocha, both who combined for 843 yards in 2016.
In Week 1, junior quarterback Jordan Britton ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Against Greenwood last week Alma was limited to 141 yards on the ground while the Bulldogs rolled out 274. Both teams were close with their passing yards. Alma had 226 and Greenwood added 220 to its total.
“Our team has been tested these last four weeks after matching up with Soutside, Van Buren, Springdale, and Greenwood,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “We have done some really good things and some not so good things. We are a work in progress and ready to see if the competition level we have seen will pay off this Friday.”
Senior Kaleb Pike led Alma with seven carries for 50 yards. Quarterback Garrison Jensen had 21 totes and 44 yards and a touchdown. Keegan Rosebeary added 34 carries and five carries.
Grayson Bailey had four catches for 107 yards and a score. Brayden Johnson also had a touchdown with his two catches and 71 yards. Felix Wright caught a 28-yard TD pass.
Alma defeated Vilonia 28-3 last season.
Charleston at Cedarville
Cedarville won its first game of the season by defeating Pocola (Okla.) 54-14 at Glen Wisely Field on Sept. 15 in a nonconference game.
The Pirates held to its running game by collecting 476 yards on 51 carries. Isaiah Lawson had 18 totes for 209 yards and a score while Tate Larue added 23 carries for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
Cedarville (1-2) hosts Class 2A powerhouse Charleston (3-0) on Friday to begin the 3A-4 Conference season.
“Charleston is one of the best teams in the state,” said Cedarville coach Max Washausen. “I expect us to play as hard as we can, no matter who we play.”
Also helping with the Pirates’ running game against Pocola was Keaton Crowley, who had one carry for a touchdown. Bryson Craft added two totes for 19 yards and a score while Bryce Duquette scored a TD with 42 yards on four carries.
Lawson also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown and Crowley picked off Pocola pass.
Charleston is on the quest for its 13th conference crown since 2000 riding on the heels of Sean Michael Flanagan, who committed to the Razorbacks in June. Junior quarterback Brayden Caudle led the Tigers in Week 1 as he guided his squad to past Dardanelle on a 79-yard drive with Jaxon Furr hauling in the game-winning touchdown with 0:08 remaining in the contest. In Week 2, Flanagan returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and he also returned a punt for another score.
The Tigers defeated Cedarville 44-14 last season and has won the past 13 contests.
Mountainburg at Decatur
The Dragons (2-1) look to bounce back from their 38-14 loss to Danville (3-0) and stay on track in the 2A-4 race.
The Bulldogs began the season with just 19 players, but with sophomore quarterback Joseph Armstrong, who was the high-point winner at the district junior high track meet last year.
Decatur has been outscored 117-7 in the first two weeks of the season and faced Grove (Okla.) JV in Week 3.
“Decatur is much improved from where [it] has been,” said coach Tom Harrell. “Our kids will work this week. This group works hard. We got beat by a good football team, we had some weaknesses exposed that we need to work on.”
While the Dragons suffered a setback against Danville, the Dragons can still finish out the season as the No. 2 seed, as long as the team wins out.
Mountainburg finished with 159 yards (one through the air). Caleb Jorgensen ran for a team-high 51 yards on six carries and added a 23-yard TD run.
Dillon Jones added 41 yards on two totes, including a 32-yard scamper in the fourth. Jesse Quick ran for 40 on six carries.