Van Buren and Alma hit the road while Cedarville and Mountainburg host opponents.
The Pointers travels to Rogers while Cedarville and Mountainburg host conference opponents on Friday.
The Airedales head back out but will travel just down the interstate to face Clarksville.
Van Buren at Rogers
The Pointers (1-2, 2-4) travel to Whitey Smith Stadium to face the Mounties (1-2, 4-2) for the fourth 7A West Conference game on Friday.
Rogers is coming off a 54-17 loss to Fayetteville to drop its second game in three outings. The Mounties lost to Har-Ber 56-14 and escaped Heritage with a 35-34 win in Week 5.
“Rogers is a lot like what we saw against Heritage,” said Van Buren coach Greg Werner. “(The Mounties) are very good on offense and they have good team speed.”
Max Horton guides the offense for the Mounties with 68 of 120 passing for 994 yards, eight touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Jeb Brain leads the running game with 548 yards on 84 carries and four touchdowns. Colin McWhorter has 260 yards on 38 totes and four TDs. Grayson Lee is the favored target for Horton as Lee has hauled in 21 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown. McWhorter had 11 catches for 172 yards and one TD through just the first four games this season. Jake Benninghoff had four touchdowns with 15 receptions and 301 yards. Benninghoff has back-to-back 100-yard receiving yards. Last week he caught six passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
“We are feeling better about ourselves and we are looking forward to the challenge,” Werner said. “We’re going to be ready to go.”
Last week, the Pointers and the War Eagles battled through a crazy second quarter which saw 32 points scored and five lead changes.
Van Buren had 351 yards of offense and was penalized five times for 40 yards. The War Eagles didn’t have a single defensive penalty for the game.
The Pointers were flagged for eight penalities and 91 yards on defense.
The last time Van Buren and Rogers met, the Mounties won 42-21 during Week 5 of the 2013 football season.
The Pointers host Springdale (3-3, 1-2) next week.
Clarksville at Alma
The Airedales (3-3, 2-1) are back on the road again as they take the show to Clarksville (1-5, 0-3).
Clarksville has struggled to find its footing in the 5A West after opening conference play with a 22-20 loss to Farmington. The Panthers dropped a 26-0 decision to Harrison in Week 5 and last week fell to Maumelle, 42-15.
“Clarksville is looking to get their first conference win so we expect to see their best this Friday. Clarksville is a run-oriented offense and does a great job controlling the ball and controlling the line of scrimmage,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “Clarksville is big and physical up front and try and knock you off the football. (The Panthers) are very sound on defense and do not beat themselves.”
Last week, the Airedales trailed Morrilton 14-12 at halftime and 28-19 after three quarters of play.
The offense was limited with its running game against the Devil Dogs. Going into last week, the Airedales averaged 175 yards rushing per game. Morrilton held Alma to just 87 yards. Noah Dotson led the charge with 17 carries for 66 yards. However, Dotson took it to the air and completed12 of 21 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns.
Dotson hit nine targets during the contest. Connor Huff had two catches for 74 yards with a touchdown. Braydon Harrison caught a 37-yard TD pass and Garrison Jensen caught a short four-yard pass. Dillon Crims had three catches for 53 yards and a score.
Brayden Johnson leads the team with 39 receptions for 602 yards.
“The only game we are worried about is the next one. We must stay focused and stay hungry and complete the mission,” Loughridge said. “I expect our guys to get up and dust themselves off after getting knocked down this week. We can still win the conference and earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.”
Alma’s Jaedon Mitchell had 16 tackles (10 solo) and Nick Pointer made 15 stops on defense.
Alma last saw the Panthers as a conference opponent back during Week 4 of the 2013 season. The Airedales won that meeting 47-0.
Next week Alma hosts Harrison (6-0, 3-0) in the final regular-season home game for the Airedales this season. The Golden Goblins travel to Greenbrier (5-1, 3-0) this week.
Atkins at Cedarville
The Red Devils (4-1, 3-0) are running to Crawford County on a four-game winning string including last week’s 34-14 win over Paris at Sorrels Stadium at Lemley Field.
Cedarville (5-1, 0-3) dropped a 34-26 decision to Mansfield last week.
The Pirates led the Tigers until the final five minutes of the game. Caleb Stockton scored three touchdowns and Dillon Strelow added another.
Cedarville faces Lamar (3-3, 2-1) next week. The Warriors travel to Charleston (6-0, 3-0) on Friday.
Western Yell County at Mountainburg
The Dragons (4-2, 3-2) are on a three-game winning streak when they return home on Friday to host Western Yell County (1-5, 0-4).
Mountainburg is currently third in the 2A-4 behind Hackett (5-0, 4-0) and Danville (6-0, 5-0) with two league games remaining on the schedule. If the Dragons win out, it will clinch the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. Danville and Hackett face each other this week.
Jaden Carver had three touchdown receptions. Quency Pixley and Robert Roxin added one rushing touchdown each.
Pixley was 4 of 4 for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Carver hauled in all the passes for Mountainburg.
Shane Rye had nine carries for 60 yards to lead the ground game. Roxin added five totes for 23 and Austin Taylor made five carries for 37 yards.
Connor Rogers paced the defense with 16 tackles (six solo) and Shawn Hattabaugh added 14 stops (four solo).
“We are going to focus on being more physical offensively this week. Western Yell passes the eye test: Big O-line and receivers,” said coach Tom Harrell. “We need a good week of practice.”
Mountainburg has a non-conference meeting with Hackett at home next week and will host Magazine (3-3, 1-2) on Oct. 28 to finish out the regular season.