Area teams endure late starts due to lightning and downpours, and the Pointers and Pirates each won their first game of the season.

The weather became the biggest obstacle for area teams Friday night.
Amid the lightning and the heavy downpours, games were either cancelled or delayed.
Van Buren didn't get started until 8:50 p.m. and the Alma-Greenwood game did not begin until after 9:30 p.m.
Moutainburg was able to get its game started on time, but had to call the game in the fourth after lightning rolled through Yell County. Danville led 42-12 when the game was cancelled.
Jaden Carver scored on a 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Shane Rye added a six-yard TD run in teh second quarter.
Cedarville defeated Pocola 28-14.
Greenwood led Alma 28-6 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Van Buren 25, Siloam Springs 18
Both teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Van Buren's Walter Green scored the game winning touchdown with 1:32 left in the game. The Pointers intercepted the Panthers on the subsequent possession to seal the win.
The Pointers overcame some mistakes on offense and special teams as the defense held the visiting Panthers to just 10 points in the first half.
Van Buren fumbled the ball on the first possession of the game and Siloam Springs recovered at the Pointer 40. Senior Luke Lampton hit Chase Chandler on an eight-yard strike to get the first points of the game, 7-0 with 8:54 remaining in the quarter.
Van Buren soaked up 8:00 of the clock in the first quarter to execute a 17-play drive covering just 75 yards. Van Buren was able to overcome two five-yard penalties during the drive and faced only two third downs.
The Pointers came up short on the first third down, but senior Josh Aden covered a fourth-and-one from the Panther 31 with a nine-yard run. The drive stalled out and Josue Recinos kicked a 23-yard field goal to get Van Buren on the board, 7-3 with :54 remaining in the first quarter.
Caleb Salisbury capped a 13-play drive in the second quarter on seven-yard scamper and tied up the game 10-10. Walter Green had a big 23-yard run and a late hit added another 15 yards to set the Pointers up at the Panther 22.
Aden had 16 carries for 64 yards in the first half.
The Pointers tried to eat up as much clock as possible and limited Siloam Springs to just four possessions and 21 plays in the first half. The Panthers had to punt on two possessions.
The biggest stand for the defense, however, was after a bad snap on Van Buren's punt attempt in the second quarter. The ball flew back and by the time anyone got real handle on it, the Panthers recovered at Pointer 5 with 8:26 left in the half.
The first two plays were running plays for a net gain of zero yards. Miles Malone swatted down the third-down pass and Siloam Springs' Kevin Canales kicked the 22-yard field goal to give the Panthers the lead back with 7:17 remaining.