Week 7 Crawford County football preview.
Van Buren hosts Rogers for homecoming while the rest of the county heads out for key conference contests.
Rogers at Van Buren
The Pointers are still looking for their first win and will host Rogers (4-2, 1-2), who arrives after a 52-14 loss to Fayetteville last week.
Rogers began the season 3-0 but was shut out by Har-Ber 49-0 in the first league contest. The Mounties defeated Heritage 43-33 in Week 2.
Last week, Heritage led 14-0 before the Pointers got on track and tied up the game, 14-14 with 9:54 remaining in the third quarter. First, Caleb Salisbury hit Brycen St. Mary for a 43-yard touchdown strike. Walter Green, who had 25 carries for 195 yards, added his first of three touchdowns for the night.
Green scored on runs of 31, 3 and 3.
Heritage scored again to take the lead in the fourth, but Green’s three-yard run tied up the game again to send it into overtime.
Green put the Pointers on top in overtime, but the War Eagles got the touchdown and the two-point conversion for the win. In the Rogers’ loss, Fayetteville led 21-7 as the Mounties tried to come back in the second quarter. Aaron Jones caught a 42-yard pass from Hunter Loyd with 4:11 remaining in the first half to get within a touchdown, 21-14.
However, Fayetteville rattled 17 points in the final 3:25 of the half to lead 38-14 at the break.
The Mounties have won 10 of the past 13 meetings.
Alma at Clarksville
The Airedales are still in control of their own destiny after the loss at home against Morrilton.
Only Maumelle and Harrison remain with no losses in the 5A West. Alma is tied with Greenbrier with a 2-1 league record.
After Friday, those are the remaining teams for Alma: at Harrison (Oct. 20), Greenbrier (Oct. 27), Maumelle (Nov. 3). However, Alma can’t look ahead and must focus on Clarksville (0-3), who has already faced Harrison and Maumelle over the past two weeks.
“We expect to get a great effort from Clarksville this Friday,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “[The Panthers] are doing a great job putting up points and are getting better each week defensively.”
Clarksville lost to Farmington 61-41 in Week 4, but the Cardinals dropped a 42-18 decision to Alma the following week.
“Our crew is going to put some extra time in this week getting ready for [Clarksville’s] offense,” Loughridge said. “They run the single wing offense and it makes it hard to get ready for it in just a couple of practices. This is definitely to their advantage.”
The Panthers have struggled this season as they won their opener, but has dropped the next five contests by a combined score of 242-127. Clarksville dropped a 34-27 decision to Dardanelle during Week 3.
Cedarville at Atkins
The Pirates recovered six Mansfield turnovers last week to upset the Tigers 18-12 last week.
“We had a great defensive game,” said coach Max Washausen. “We’re coming off a huge win over Mansfield, and we hope to keep the momentum going.”
This week, the Pirates face the Red Devils of Atkins in a showdown in Pope County.
Atkins rides a five-game winning streak since losing its season opener at Class 4A Dover 24-22.
Atkins downed Lamar 33-11 in Week 4 when Zack Harris completed 13 of 20 passes for 199 yards and three TDs.
Atkins led Yellville-Summit 45-6 after three quarters last week, while Lamar lost 42-6 at defending 2A champion Mount Ida.
Tate Larue led the game with 25 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown as Cedarville finished with 274 yards on the ground and 302 total.
Bryce Duquette added 74 yards on 14 carries and another score. Isaiah Lawson carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards.
Mountainburg at Western Yell County
With just two conference games remaining, the Dragons still control their post-season fate.
Mountainburg improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league play with Magazine (3-3, 1-2) remaining on Week 9. The Dragons also face Hackett again in Week 8 in a non-conference contest.
“Western Yell has some good athletes,” said coach Harrell. “I was impressed with them against Hackett. We will work on correcting things from Friday night and prepare as usual.”
Lavaca defeated WYC last week 33-12 to hand the Wolverines their fourth consecutive loss of the season.
WYC averages about 10.4 points per game while giving up just 26 ppg.
Robert Roxin leads with 28-of-41 passing for 552 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception.
Roxin also had 84 carries for 348 yards and eight TDs. Austin Taylor added 349 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns.
Connor Rogers has nine receptions this season for 177 yards and four TDs. Dillon Jones hauled in six catches for 176 yards.