After suffering setbacks, the county teams are looking to get on the winning track.
Alma, Cedarville, and Mountainburg hit the road on Friday leaving Van Buren behind in Crawford County.
The Pointers and Siloam Springs are both still looking for a win while Alma heads to face Greenwood.
Cedarville travels to Oklahoma to square off against Pocola and the Dragons travel deep to Yell County to take on the Little Johns of Danville.
Siloam Springs at Van Buren
After back-to-back losses for the first time since 2013, the Pointers are looking to correct the errors which have plagued them through the first two games of the season: Turnovers and missed assignments.
“We have done a lot of great things the last two games, but we tend to hurt ourselves,” said coach Greg Werner. “Everything for us comes down to consistency.”
Siloam Springs is also looking for its first win of the season as well. The Panthers dropped a 45-9 loss to Rogers in the opening week. Siloam Springs kept pace with Harrison for the first half, but the Goblins shut down the Panthers 20-0 in the second half to win 39-19.
“Siloam Springs is kind of like us. (The Panthers) play hard and they’re going to be another tough team for us,” said Werner.”Siloam Springs throws the ball very well and their defense is fast. It’s just a good well-rounded team. (The Panthers) will be ready to play.”
Both teams have faced each other regularly over the past four seasons and have split those games. Van Buren won the initial meeting in 2012 (46-47) and had the largest margin in 2014 (42-40). Siloam Springs won in 2013 (49-40) and 2015 (26-24).
The location has no effect on either team since both are 2-2 at home or away.
Alma at Greenwood
Alma travels for the first time this season when it heads to Smith-Robinson Stadium for its annual contest against Greenwood.
“We will expect emotions to be riding high on both sides this week in another rivalry game in the nonconference schedule,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “Greenwood reloads year after year and has become one of the most tradition-rich programs in the state.”
The Airedales came up short against Class 7A Springdale, 27-26 last week at Airedale Stadium at Citizens Bank Field. Alma missed a two-point conversion. Noah Dotson capped a 67-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brayden Johnson.
The Airedales finished with 374 yards of offense. Dotson accounted with 291 of it with 100 yards rushing. Johnson hauled in 186 yards on nine passes.
“Our players will bounce back after a great week of work. We played a great second half against Springdale,” Loughridge said. “We ask our players to put us in a position to win the ball game. We did just that, but came up short.”
The Bulldogs won its first two games defeating both Northside and Southside. Greenwood rolled past Southside 56-34 in Week 2. Kenny Wood finished with 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Greenwood. Wood had two touchdown runs of 47 and 46 yards. Wood also caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Connor Noland.
Greenwood led 21-14 at the break but just kept scoring in the second half.
The last Alma victory was back into 2004 when the Airedales won 17-14. Coincidentally, that was the first meeting between Alma and Greenwood coach Rick Jones. Since that time, Jones and the Bulldogs have won the last 11 meetings.
Greenwood won last year 56-14.
Cedarville at Pocola
Pocola bounced back from its season-opening loss to Hackett to defeat Poteau’s JV team 38-14.
Cedarville coach Max Washausen said Pocola “has a good quarterback, who likes to throw the ball around.”
Cedarville is looking for a win after back-to-back losses.
The Pirates had 253 yards of offense with 188 through the air as Keaton Crowley hit 9 of 15 passes. The team had just 11 first downs in the loss to Waldron on Friday.
“We played hard for a half against Waldron and I expect us to continue to improve and play for four quarters,” Washausen said.
Mountainburg at Danville
Danville has opened 2A play with back-to-back wins. After blowing past Two Rivers, 49-6, in the opening week, the Little Johns defeated Lavaca 28-13 to begin 2A-4 Conference play. The win puts Danville in very good position for the conference title with Hackett right behind the Little Johns.
“Danville has a really good football team,” said coach Tom Harrell. “We have a lot of work to do to get prepared. Danville has great team speed and talented skill players. We need to regain some confidence and improve from where we were last Friday.”
The Dragons began league play with a 20-6 loss at Hackett. Mountainburg can get back on track with at win at Little John Field in Yell County.
Robert Roxin paces the ground game with 151 yards on 21 carries and Quency Pixley is 9 of 28 passing for 131 yards and three interceptions.