A preview of regular-season football's final week.
Van Buren and Alma are home for the regular-season finale.
Cedarville travels to Two Rivers on Thursday while the Dragons have the week off in preparation for the 2A Playoffs.
Fayetteville at Van Buren
The Pointers fell to Har-Ber 34-0 to give the Wildcats their fourth shutout of the season. Har-Ber is 1-3 against teams scoring more than 20 points in a game this season.
Fayetteville (5-4, 4-2) won its fourth consecutive game as it beat Springdale 52-14 in the Battle of the Bulldogs.
Fayetteville began the first half with seven sacks against Springdale, including two from Dotson Shaefer, and recovered three turnovers. Fayetteville needed just eight offensive plays to jump out to a 28-0 lead.
Around the conference. Bentonville defeated Heritage 70-0 in Week 9. The Tigers topped the Pointers 38-6 and Van Buren dropped the game at Heritage 29-28 in overtime the following week.
Maumelle at Alma
Alma earned a share of the 5A West title with last week’s win but will claim alone if it defeats Maumelle on Friday.
“Our guys are used to playing in big games where it means something and had no problem coming out and playing our best against Greenbrier last week,” said coach Dough Loughridge. “I expect our guys to come out hungry and ready to finish on top. We are really hitting our stride right now in all 3 phases of the game and the kids are playing with good energy. It’s going to be great to have a shot at claiming another title and to do it in front of our home crowd and have multiple rounds of the playoffs at home.”
It will be the first back-to-back conference titles since the 2001-02 seasons and the first since the Frank Vines era.
The Hornets began the conference season with three straight wins but caught a hot Morrilton squad in Week 7. Maumelle dropped from being in a tie for first to dropping the next three games and falling to a tie for fifth.
Maumelle was shut out for the first time this season in last week’s 40-0 loss to Harrison. The Hornets dropped a 31-30 game in overtime to Farmington in Week 8.
Juniors Keegan Rosebeary and Coltin Bowerman paced the defense as Roseberry finished with 11 tackles and four for a loss of 24 yards (2.5 sacks) and caused one fumble.
Bowerman added 13 tackles and recovered two turnovers (a fumble and an interception.) Bowerman has 113 tackles this season while Roseberry has 98 stops and nine tackles for a loss.
Last week, Greenbrier outgained the Airedales but was unable to put more than 15 points on the board.
The Panthers finished with 327 yards to Alma’s 268. Greenbrier was paced by its running game of 170 yards. Alma was balanced with 131 yards on the ground and 137 through the air.
Tyler Alexander led again with 13 carries for 70 yards and one touchdown. He also had four catches for 37 yards. Quarterback Garrison Jensen added 63 yards on 12 totes and threw 14 of 24 for 137 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Alexander now has 302 yards on 32 carries and four touchdowns this season. Jensen had 764 yards on 143 totes.
Brayden Johnson caught two of those and finished with six receptions for 25 yards. For the season, Johnson has 781 yards and 11 touchdowns on 54 receptions. Dillon Crims hauled in one pass for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Cedarville at Two Rivers
The Pirates travel to Two Rivers on Thursday for the final game of the season.
The Gators are in a 25-game loss string dating back to Week 4 of the 2015 season when it beat Booneville 40-34. This season, Two Rivers has scored only 17 points total while giving up nearly 46 points per game.
Two Rivers dropped a 44-7 decision to Lamar last week.
The Pirates struggled on third-down conversions against Paris and was 1 of 13. The squad fared better when it tried for a fourth-down conversion, 3 of 5. Cedarville was limited to three first downs in the first half and nine for the contest.
Isaiah Lawson had 81 yards on 19 carries while Tate Larue paced the team with 102 yards on 16 totes.
Cedarville stayed close with Paris last week in the closer-than-it-looked 42-20 loss. The Pirates trailed 15-12 at the break and got within one touchdown again, 28-20 after a 19-yard run by Lawson.
The home squad recovered an onside kick but was unable to convert for the first down.
The Dragons have the night off on Friday in preparation for their 2A Playoff opener at home.
Mountianburg will face the loser of the England-Poyen contest on Nov. 10. Both teams are 3-3 in the 2A-5 Conference and battling for the final playoff spot.
The Dragons may have to head to No. 2 seed from the 2A-5 for the second round. It could be Conway Christian, but if the Eagles’ margin of victory this week is three points higher than the margin of victory of Hector, the Dragons could face the Wildcats in the second round.
It would have worked better just to let 2A-5 playout the final week of the season instead of trying to figure the mathematical gymnastics.
Mountainburg closed out the season with a 35-8 win at Magazine. The Dragons finished the regular season 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the 2A-4 Conference. The squad wrapped up runner-up in the conference and the No. 2 spot in the playoffs.
Against Magazine, Robert Roxin completed one pass for a 46-yard touchdown to Dillon Jones. Roxin finished 1 of 6 passing with one interception and one touchdown. The senior quarterback had his biggest night of the season as he rushed for 185 yards on 28 totes and four touchdowns.
Austin Taylor, who had 233 yards against Hackett in Week 8, was limited to 65 yards on eight carries.