Teams face another round of conference opponents.
Crawford County football teams hit the road this week as they revisit old foes and make a new one.
Van Buren’s return to the 7A West includes a trip back to Bentonville, this time, to face the Tigers in another conference game.
Alma will visit Farmington for the first meeting between the two teams. Cedarville revisits Perryville and Mountainburg is back at Lavaca for the first time since 2009.
Van Buren at Bentonville
The Pointers (1-3, 0-1 7A West) is back at Tiger Stadium this week as it takes on Bentonville in the second 7A West Conference contest.
Bentonville began the season with a close loss to Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.), but has won three straight, including a 24-21 win in Fayetteville last week.
“Bentonville is awfully good,” said coach Greg Warner. “We’re going to bounce back. We had a good day of practice on Saturday and we will get better.”
Van Buren is coming off a 42-14 loss to Bentonville West. Van Buren struck first on a nine-yard run by Walter Green, but the Wolverines took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The Pointers tied up the game as Green hauled in a 70-yard pass from Caleb Salisbury with 10:07 remaining in the half. Bentonville West rattled off four unanswered touchdowns to retake the lead.
Van Buren was limited to just 10 first downs and 194 yards of offense with three turnovers (two were fumbles). The Wolverines finished with 423 yards with 201 through the air.
“We gave up some big plays,” said Werner. “We had a chance. We tied it up in the second half but we let it get away from us.”
Van Buren and Bentonville last met back in 2012 (when the seniors were eighth graders) and the Tigers won that contest 38-7.
Alma at Farmington
The Farmington Cardinals (2-2, 1-0 5A West) opened 5A West Conference play with a 22-20 win at Clarksville (1-3). Farmington began the season 1-2 in nonconference play with a win at county rival Huntsville and losses to Class 4A Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove.
“I expect a lot of confidence coming into the game from Farmington,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “They are a well-coached football team and do a great job with their scheme. Farmington is based out of the I-formation, play power football and control the clock. It has a bend-but-don’t-break defense and does a great job making you earn it on offense.”
Loughridge said the Airedales are looking forward to playing in a stadium they have never visited before.
“I expect our guys to treat this as a business trip because each week in this conference is very important,” said Loughridge. “We usually do a good job traveling.”
Alma (2-2, 1-0 5A West) opened conference play with a win as well as it defeated Vilonia 28-3.
The Eagles had to punt on its opening drive after going three and out. Brayden Johnson returned the punt 42 yards to the Eagle 16 and on the next play Garrison Jensen hit Caleb Lamproe for the touchdown pass. The Airedales never looked back.
“It’s very important for us to get out of the gate in conference play and come out with a win,” Loughridge said. “Our team felt like our nonconference schedule has prepared us for the conference. We were ready to get into the 5A West and start competing for a conference championship.”
Alma rolled out 394 yards of offense while holding Vilonia to just 162. The Airedales’ running game grabbed 234 yards as Noah Dotson finished with 92 yards on 11 carries. Kaleb Pike added nine totes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Dotson was 9 of 14 passing for 112 yards and a touchdown. Garrison Jensen was 5 of 7 for 48 yards and a score. Brayden Johnson hauled in nine passes for 92 yards.
Cedarville at Perryville
The Mustangs wrap up a three-game homestand this week hosting Cedarville. Perryville (2-2) lost its first two games of the season by a combined 54-7 but has won its last two games at home 58-14, including a 42-8 win over Two Rivers (0-4) in the 3A-4 Conference opener for both teams.
“Perryville is well coached and likes to run the option,” said coach Mas Washausen. “I expect us to continue to play hard and I expect us to win.”
The Pirates last saw Perryville back in 2012 when the Mustangs won 35-6. Cedarville won the contest the year before, 45-14.
Last week against Charleston at home, Andrew Hernandez scored on the Tigers’ starters and Damian Adams added a late score.
Mountainburg at Lavaca
The Dragons are looking to even out its 2A-4 Conference record with a meeting at Lavaca this week.
The Dragons are sitting at 1-2 and the Golden Arrows are 1-1 in conference play. A win could spell the difference between sitting a home or heading to the playoffs.
“Lavaca is a very good football team,” said coach Tom Harrell. “Their offensive line is big and physical. They moved the ball on Danville well.”
After Lavaca, Mountainburg has Johnson County Westside, Western Yell County and Magazine remaining in league contests.
Lavaca has Western Yell, Magazine, Hackett, and Decatur left to face this season.
Mountainburg bounced back last week to limit Decatur to 106 yards while amassing 396 yards in the 50-6 win at Dragon Field.
The Dragons had a slow start and led 8-0 after the first quarter, but put up 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead 34-0 at halftime.
“We need to get off to a good start. We have turned the ball over and started slowly in every game,” Harrell said. “In the last three games, I think we have fumbled on our opening possession. We can’t set that kind of tone in this one and expect to be in a position to win.”
Quarterback Quency Pixley was 6 of 7 passing for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Connor Rogers hauled three passes for 54 yards and two TDs, while Elijah Wilson caught a 20-yard touchdown pass. Dillon Jones caught two passes for 47 yards. Shane Rye scored two touchdowns on four totes for 37 yards. Andrew Wakefield added a 13-yard touchdown run.
Riley Dollard led the defense with seven tackles (five solos) and Colton Robbins added five stops (four solos).
The Dragons ran the ground game by committee as nine different players touched the ball. Pixley had 58 yards on four carries
Lavaca (2-2) defeated Johnson County Westside last week to halt its own two-game skid. The Golden Arrows opened the season with a win against Gentry but lost to Danville and Dover the next two weeks.
The Golden Arrows won the last contest against the Dragons 21-0.