Week 2 high school football preview.
Mountainburg remains at home for Week 2 as the rest of Crawford County heads out of town.
The Dragons open 2A-4 Conference play hosting Hackett while the Pointers head over the river to face Northside. Alma travels to Springdale and Cedarville takes on Waldron in Scott County.
Van Buren at Northside
The Pointers are looking to bounce back from their opening loss as it travels across the river to take on Northside.
Northside is coming off a 34-7 loss at Greenwood. The Bulldogs led 34-0 before The Grizzlies were able to score late to keep from being shut out.
Van Buren was tied up with Alma 7-7 at the half before the Airedales scored on a pair of touchdown passes to go up 21-7 with 9:38 remaining in the game.
The Pointers got a spark when Dylan Dye returned a misfired punt 33 yards for a score at the 2:07 mark. The team tried for an onside kick and appeared to have got it, but the ball was given to Alma because it didn’t travel the prerequisite 10 yards.
Van Buren still had other opportunities throughout the game and was inside the Alma 20 on three different occasions. Two of the possessions ended on downs and another was intercepted.
The Grizzlies defeated the Pointers 42-14 last season.
Alma at Springdale
The Airedales take the show on the road to face the Bulldogs of Springdale.
Last week, the Bulldogs edged out Conway 19-16.
“Springdale is a team that is getting better each year under head coach Zak Clark,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “Springdale will have probably the best overall defensive players and one of the best defenses we’ll see all year. It has an experienced quarterback returning and several others back, who will give them confidence for their team.”
Alma helped coach Doug Loughridge earn his 100th coaching victory as the team escaped with a 21-14 win at Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field.
Senior quarterback Garrison Jensen was 14 of 24 passing for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Jensen also had 16 carries for 160 yards.
“We will need to clean up the mistakes and some things to work on from the Van Buren game,” Loughridge said. “We need to make sure we see a big improvement from Week 1 to Week 2 and keeping coming to work and know that each week in non-conference we are playing a team that is getting us prepared for our conference schedule.”
Last season, Alma’s rally came up short as Springdale held on to win 27-26.
Cedarville at Waldron
The Pirates hit the road to face Class 4A Waldron.
Last week, the Bulldogs won its second consecutive season opener as it defeated Mansfield 35-28.
Cedarville dropped a 26-12 decision to the Dragons but remained in the hunt for the duration of the game. The Pirates tied up the game 12-12 late in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs defeated Cedarville last season 49-14. Waldron led 13-0 before the Pirates were able to come back to take the lead, 14-13 in the second quarter.
Hackett at Mountainburg
Mountainburg returns home for its 4-2A Conference opener against Hackett.
Hackett rolled past Pocola 40-0 in the season opener.
Mountainburg won its third straight season opener. It gave the Dragon senior class the first team to defeat Cedarville three straight seasons since the Class of 2011.
The Dragons dropped its conference opener last season with a 20-7 loss at Hackett.
While the Mountianburg seniors had some success against the Pirates, Hackett has remained elusive.
“This is very important for us to start off with this win,” said Mountainburg quarterback Robert Roxin. “We were already talking about Hackett on the way back to the locker room. Got to get ready for [Hornets].”
Hackett has won in 2014 (30-9), 2015 (26-25) and 2016 (20-7). The last Mountainburg win came back in 2013 as the Dragons won 38-7.