Through the first six games of the season, Crawford County football teams have spent most of it on the road.
This week isn’t much different. Van Buren returns to Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field for homecoming, while Alma, Cedarville and Mountainburg are back on the road.
The Pointers have been road warriors through the first half the season with three road contests (one at Alma). Alma has five road games this season, but would have spent three of the past four taking the Airedale show on the road.
The Dragons had four away games so far this season. Cedarville played three away games, one was at Mountainburg.
After hosting Rogers Hertitage, the Pointers will have two more games at home. The Airedales will have back-to-back home games before finishing up at Greenbrier and Maumelle.
The Pirates will spend its final four weeks split between two road games and two at home. After this week, the Dragons will spending its remaining three games at home.
Heritage at Van Buren
The War Eagles are still looking for a win.
Heritage (0-5, 0-2) have lost 14 straight football games dating back to opening the 2015 campaign with a 35-33 win at Olathe North (Kansas).
Heritage dropped a close one to Rogers last week, 35-34.
“Heritage will play hard and come right after us,” said coach Greg Werner. “We’ll be ready to play. I expect us to play hard, practice hard and have a good week.”
Van Buren dropped a 56-14 decision to Bentonville last week. The team was trailing the Tigers 21-7 with less than six minutes remaining in the first half. A series of miscues gave Bentonville at 42-7 lead at the break.
“It was a good physical game for us, and we were right there with Bentonville,” Werner said. “We just made a few mistakes.”
The Pointers rushed for 234 yards on 40 carries and finished with 330 yards of offense. Bentonville had a balanced attack of 415 yards with 216 yards passing.
Walter Green led the ground game with 64 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, and Randal Canon added 62 yards on six totes. Christian Morrow had 58 yards on two carries.
Caleb Salisbury was 7 of 10 passing with 94 yards with a seven-yard TD pass to Jimbo Mayton.
Alma at Morrilton
Alma (3-2, 2-0) faces once long-time foe, Morrilton, as the Airedales continue its return to the 5A West tour.
The Airedales won the last meeting 22-14 back in 2013.
The Devil Dogs are rolling this season as the team picked up his fourth consecutive win. Morrilton defeated Greenbrier last week 35-27. The Devil Dogs opened 5A West play with a 48-7 win over Harrison. Alma is Morrilton’s fifth straight home game this season.
“I expect to see the best defense we have seen all year,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “Morriton is fast, explosive and very well coached. It is a team who will not beat itself.”
Alma defeated Farmington 35-14 last week. The Cardinals tied up the game 14-14 by halftime, but couldn’t score another point for the duration of the game.
Garrison Jensen led the defense fir the first time this season as he maed 13 tackles (11 solo). Tyler Alexander added 11 tackles (nine solo).
Noah Dotson helped pace the offense with six carries for 108 yards on six carries with a touchdown. Garrison Jensen added two TDs on three totes for 34 yards. Kaleb Pike doubled his season totals as he finished with nine carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
Brayden Johnson hauled in five passes for 69 yards and Connor Huff had four catches for 47 yards.
Both Alma and Morrilton are the only remaining teams who are 2-0 in conference. A win will give either team an inside track for the 5A playoffs.
“We expect our guys to go compete and get a shot of taking the lead in the conference,” Loughridge. “This game will have an outcome on what happens in November and December for this team. Our kids are excited about getting to play in this atmosphere and caliber of game.”
Cedarville at Mansfield
The Pirates (1-5, 0-2) lost a close one at Perryville last week and will take on Mansfield for another 3A-4 league matchup.
Mansfield has lost six in a row, dating back to the final game of the 2015 season when Charleston won 60-19. The Tigers opened the season with a 45-0 loss to Waldron. Mansfield has been outscored 48-20 through five games this season.
Lamar defeated Mansfield 49-17 last week.
“I want us to focus on how we practice and everything else will take care of itself,” said Cedarville coach Max Washausen.
Joseff Buccella has 41 carries through the first four games this season with 395 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Tigers.
The Pirates led Perryville for most of the game, but the Mustangs scored in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to win 29-26.
Cedarville led 20-6 at halftime and held to a 26-13 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Dillon Strelow had two touchdowns and Caleb Stockton and Dakota Hopewell had one touchdown each.
Mountainburg at Johnson County Westside
The Dragons (3-2, 2-2) face Johnson County Westside in another key 2A-4 Conference matchup.
Westside (3-1, 1-2) has been limited to just 22 points total this season with its only win was a 16-14 victory over Western Yell County. Westside has just won once in its past six games. Danville (5-0, 4-0) beat Westside 41-0 last week. In comparison, Danville defeated Mountainburg 42-12.
“Hopefully we can build on last week’s performance,” said coach Tom Harrell. “JC Westside is huge up front with a ground-and-pound offense and will go for it on fourth down a lot. We will need to give them some bad plays on first and second downs.”
The Dragons have picked up its second consecutive win as it capitalized on six turnovers to rout Lavaca 34-7. Connor Rogers, who had nine tackles (five solo), returned one interception 25 yards and recovered a fumble.
Dillon Jones made two stops and hauled in one interception and returned a fumble 23 yards. Jaden Carver, who led the team with 10 tackles (nine solo) had a fumble recovery along with Shane Rye.
Mountainburg played on a short field with the average start for the Dragons was at the Lavaca 44 as Mountainburg began seven of its 12 possessions inside Lavaca territory.
Quency Pixley was 5 of 10 passing for 71 yards and one touchdown. He also had seven carries and 19 yards with another TD.
Rye led the running game with 70 yards and two TDs on 17 carries. Robert Roxin also had 14 carries for 70 yards.
Carver hauled in two passes for 29 yards and Rogers added 25 yards and a touchdown.