Har-Ber sophomore leads squad past Pointers. Alma and Mountainburg grab wins.
While it was a night to honor and recognize Van Buren’s senior class, it was an out-of-town sophomore who upstaged the show.
Har-Ber’s sophomore quarterback Grant Allen was perfect in the first half as he completed all eight of his passes for 124 yards as the Wildcats rolled past Van Buren 42-7 Friday night at Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field.
Allen completed eight passes to six different receivers to display a portion of Har-Ber’s arsenal. Only seniors Trey Smith and Clayton Kunkle caught two passes in the first half.
Smith had the 56-yard strike which put the Wildcats up 14-0 with 7:00 remaining in the first quarter. Smith also scored on a 32-yard touchdown run gave Har-Ber a 35-0 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats were able to bounce back from last week’s shutout to Fayetteville to improve to 5-1 in 7A West. Har-Ber hosts Heritage in its home finale and is likely the No. 2 team from the West for the playoffs.
Van Buren dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in league play. The Pointers wrap up the season at Fayetteville (8-1, 5-1).
Har-Ber was able to utilize 12 different backs to carry the ball and cycled through four quarterbacks by the end of the game. The team finished with 221 yards on the ground and 423 yards of total offense.
Allen was 10 of 11 for 163 yards and two touchdowns for the game.
Payton Copher, who also doubled as quarterback, led the Wildcats with 56 yards on six carries with the first TD of the night. Sophomore Connor Sikes added six totes for 51 yards and two TDs. Sikes had back-to-back touchdowns to push the score to 28-0.
Van Buren was limited to just 101 yards in the first half and finished the game with 224 yards. Junior Walter Green recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game with 10 carries for 145 yards.
Sophomore Christian Morrow finished with 38 yards after a 28-yard TD run to prevent the shutout, 42-7 with 6:43 remaining in the contest.
Har-Ber led 35-0 at halftime.
Alma 42, Greenbrier 21
The Airedales grabbed the No. 1 spot in the 5A West with the win on Friday.
The victory pushed the Airedales to 5-1 in league play in a tie with the Panthers, but Alma can secure the top seed for the Class 5A playoffs with a win at Maumelle (3-3, 3-6) who upset Harrison 21-20.
In other games, Paris defeated Cedarville 49-14 and Mountainburg defeated Magazine at home 49-6.