After everyone left town last week, all four Crawford County schools are back home with some key conference contests.
The Pointers host Heritage and needs at least another win this season to take a step towards the Class 7A playoffs. Coming off a major road win at Morrilton, the Airedales host Clarksville.
Cedarville also had win last week and are looking to add another when the Pirates hosts West Fork.
The Mountainburg Dragons look to remain unbeaten in the 2A-4 as Western Yell County arrives in Northern Crawford County.
Heritage has just three wins in the past three seasons and is on a current 10-game loss string dating back to last season’s 29-28 win against Van Buren.
The War Eagles dropped a 56-7 decision to Bentonville last week.
“Coach (Tony) Travis does a good job with those guys,” said VB coach Casey Dick. “You just can’t look at a team’s record. They’re going to fight every week and we have to do what we need to do and be well prepared to play on Friday night.”
The Pointers kept it close last week for about two quarters and trailed 21-14 but missed some opportunities to either tie up the game or take the lead. No. 4 Fayetteville stymied Van Buren’s offense during the second half and built off its 35-14 halftime lead. The Purple Bulldogs would go on to win 50-14.
“If you take away four or five plays, we would have stayed right with them,” said the Pointer head coach. “We have to captitalize on the turnovers and the opportunities given to us. Those four or five plays… they’re fixable and they’re all easy things for us to work on. We’re encouraged by that. We just have to go out and put a full game together.”
After missing a PAT early in the game, the Airedale defense blocked Morrilton’s field goal attempt to preserve a 23-22 5A West road win.
The Devil Dogs finished with 301 yards of offnese and Alma had 242. Morrilton had most of its yardage through the air with 210. Alma was close to a balance attack of 105 yards rushing and 137 passing.
Keegan Rosebeary had 20 carries for 47 yards and Landon Blair added seven totes for 32 yards. Grayson Bailey hauled in three catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Blair was 8 of 13 for 128 yards.
Clarksville is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in league play after a 0-2 start. The Panthers defeated Huntsville last week, 62-35.
“Clarksville gives everyone fits because of their offensive scheme,” said coach Doug Loughridge. “They run the Single Wing and you will only see it once a year. It’s not hard to defend, but it’s hard to get a good look in practice from your scout team.”
Alma has won the last six meetings against Clarksville including last season’s 49-35 shootout. In the previous five meetings, the Airedale defense held the Panthers to just 21 points.
The Airedales have just three conference games at home this season. After hosting Clarksville, Alma welcomes Harrison (6-0, 3-0), in what could be the game which decides the 5A West Conference championship. The Airedales will hit the road for its final two games of the season at Greenbrier (4-2, 2-1) and Huntsville (2-4, 0-3).
“Our kids left everything out on the field against Morrilton,” Loughridge said. “We have to avoid patting ourselves on the back and not focusing this week. Clarksville is a team that can beat you… if you’re don’t play well. And there’s a lot of season left.”
West Fork is still looking for a win as it nurses a 22-game loss string dating back to a 28-0 win against Subiaco back on Sept. 23, 2016. It was the only win for the Tigers since 2015 when West Fork finished 8-4 and reached the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The only game close for West Fork (0-6) was back on Sept. 14 when it dropped a 31-30 decision to Green Forest (1-5). Lamar (6-0) defeated West Fork 41-6 last week.
“West Fork plays hard,” said coach Max Washausen. “We played a lot better against Paris and I’m hoping that carries over to this week.”
The Pirates upset Paris’ homecoming with a 58-23 win last week.
Sophomore Kelin Mitchell had 18 carries for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Tate Larue added 26 totes for 178 yards and three more TDs. Quarterback Dylan Murray was 3 of 4 for 87 yards and one score.
The offense finished with 571 yards, seven touchdowns and seven two-point conversions. The defense added a safety.
This is the first meeting between Cedarville and West Fork since 2015. The Tigers have won four of the past five meetings dating back to Sept. 22, 2006, and one playoff game in 2010 when West Fork won the first-round contest, 42-8. The sole win for Cedarville was 27-19 (Sept. 21, 2007).
The Dragons host Western Yell County on Friday night.
The Wolverines have struggled this season with three consecutive losses after defeating Rose Bud 54-14 back on Sept. 14. Western Yell has been limited to just six points total in the last three games and have given up on an average of 33 points per game in the last three outings.
Last week, the Wolverines dropped a 21-0 decision to Lavaca.
“Western Yell is much improved from past years,” said coach Tom Harrell. “It has big, physical linemen and decent speed in the backfield.”
The Dragons defeated Westside 66-28 last week. Mountainburg finished with 388 yards on offense.
Ethan Gregory was 5 of 6 for 157 yards through the air with three touchdowns. He also had two carries for 51 yards and one more TD. After finishing his last two games with 269 yards, Austin Taylor had 88 against Westside, but scored three touchdowns.
Austin Wakefield hauled in four passes for 87 yards and two TDs. Jesse Quick had one catch for 70 yards and another score.
“We still need to improve defensively and be consistent on offense,” Harrell said.
Mountainburg has eight straight wins against Western Yell County, including last season’s 13-0 victory.