Van Buren and Moutainburg post league wins. Alma and Cedarville fall in close contests.
Kameron Collins came up with some big plays on defense and Walter Green punched in the scores as the Van Buren Pointers won its first 7A West Conference game of the season in front a Homecoming crowd Friday night at Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field.
The Pointers rallied from a two-point deficit to beat Heritage 33-14 by shutting out the War Eagles in the second half.
Collins came away with his first interception in the end zone with about 12 seconds remaining in the first half as Van Buren led 18-14 at the break. After Van Buren extended its lead to start the third quarter, 25-14, after a five-yard run by Dylan Burnham.
After both teams traded possessions, the War Eagles got the ball back on the Pointer 20 after a fumble, junior quarterback Trey Kitterman blasted through for a 10-yard gain to put his squad on the Pointer 8 after no gain, Kitterman threw his third and final interception of the night, again into the hands of Collins.
Miles Malone had the other interception in the first half.
In all, Heritage suffered just four turnovers, while the Pointers had seven fumbles, but lost only two.
Green led the game with 136 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Green had just 34 yards in the first half and busted a couple loose, one for 34 and another 38 to help move Van Buren closer to the end zone.
The lead changed five times in the first half.
Russell Davis had the first touchdown for Van Buren as he recovered a fumble in the end zone at the 11:48 mark of the second quarter. The ball was batted around on the ground a few time changing hands until Davis landed on it for the score.
On the very next offensive play of the game, Heritage answered with a 65-yard pass from Kitterman to Jay De la Rosa and took a one-point lead, 7-6.
Caleb Salisbury punched in the next score on a short keeper and the Pointers were back in the lead, 12-7.
Heritage had another response, this time, a 52-yard TD pass to De la Rosa and the War Eagles led for the final time of the night, 14-12 at the 4:21 mark.
The Pointers fumbled the ball away on its next possession, and Heritage pressed facing a third-and-24 situation with less than 2:00 remaining in the half.
Under pressure, Kitterman made a deep, high pass, but Malone got in front of it to give Van Buren back the ball with 1:21 left.
The Pointers began on their own 43 and made little progress and was facing a second-and-15 from the Heritage 48.
Salisbury rolled to his left and found a wide-open Caleb Christenson for the 48-yard strike with 45 seconds remaining. After the failed conversion, Van Buren took the lead for good, 18-14.
The Pointers (2-4, 1-2) travel to Whitey Smith Stadium to face Rogers (4-2, 1-2) next week.
The Mountainburg Dragons (4-2, 3-2) won its third straight game as they defeated Johnson County Westside (1-4, 1-3) at Rebel Field. The Dragons will be at home the next three games starting with Western Yell County (1-5, 0-4). Alma (4-2, 2-1) dropped a close one to Morrilton (1-5, 1-2) as the Devil Dogs escaped Devil Dog Stadium with a 28-26 win. Alma begins a two-game homestand next week beginning with Clarksville (1-5, 0-3). Mansfield (1-5, 1-2) snapped a six-game loss string as the Tigers defeated Cedarville 34-26 at Tiger Stadium. Cedarville (1-5, 0-3) hosts Atkins (4-1, 3-0) next week.