A look at Friday's games for Week 7.
There’s still a lot of football left for the Pointers this season.
Van Buren travels to Heritage for another 7A West game.
The Pointers are looking to bounce back from their loss to Fayetteville while the War Eagles are looking to break a 20-game loss string.
The last War Eagle win was 29-28 to Van Buren back during Week 6 of the 2017 season.
Doug Giron was just a freshman then, but he’s not about to let Heritage gain the upper hand.
“I think as a unit, everyone on the offensive line is in all in sync,” said Giron. “We have to trust the process and know once we do we can win football games.”
Giron was born and raised in Van Buren and has played football for the past six years. He was inspired by his older brother, Andrew, to pursue football.
“I love being physical with football and I just fell in love with it,” said Giron. “I like being able to hit and football just gives me the opportunity to forget about everything else and just focus on the game.”
The Pointers’ schedule will give Giron and the rest of the players something to focus with Har-Ber, Bentonville West and Springdale remaining on the schedule.
“Doug has matured a lot in the past year,” said coach Mike Lowrey. “He’s trying to figure it out and really working hard in doing the right thing. He’s a tough kid.”
Lowrey said Giron has handled himself well against some of the bigger defensive ends in the 7A West.
“He knows how to get it done and he enjoys taking on a challenge. As a bonus, we got him and some others back next season.”
Giron would like to pursue football beyond high school. He describes it as his dream to play college football.
“He kind of leads at tackle and he matches up with some of the best [defensive] ends we’ve gone up against,” Tuck said. “I’m proud of him. He puts in the work off the field to get ready to play.”
Alma at Clarksville
The Airedales ended a five-game loss string by upsetting Morrilton 29-28 last week at Airedale Stadium at Citizens Bank Field.
On Friday, Alma travels to upstart Clarksville for another 5A-West Conference.
Clarksville began the season with a 3-0 start but fell to Farmington and Harrison during the next two outings. The Panthers got back on track with a 62-13 rout of Huntsville last week.
Josh Davis paced Alma with 126 yards on 22 totes and two touchdowns. Ben Henley added 18 carries for 92 yards. The team finished with 335 yards for the contest.
The Airedales had 26 first downs to Morrilton’s 12 and executed 77 plays while limiting the Devil Dogs to just 45.
Both Grayson Bailey and Davis led the Airedales with eight tackles each against Morrilton. Gabe Jensen leads the team this season with 55 tackles (39 solo). Davis has 37 for the season and Bailey has 35.
Cedarville at West Fork
The Pirates bounced back from its first loss of the season to wear down Paris on Oct. 11 at Glen Wisely Field.
Cedarville (5-1, 2-1) look to take another step in the towards contention in the 3A-1 with a trip to West Fork (0-6, 0-3) on Friday night.
The race for the 3A-1 has Booneville in the driver’s seat at 3-0 with four teams one game back including Cedarville, Charleston, Lamar, and Mansfield.
Against Paris, Cedarville finished with 638 yards on the ground with a pair of two 200-yard rushers. Kelin Mitchell led the way as he rushed for 268 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. Darryl Kattich added 24 totes for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
“We just wore them down,” said coach Max Washausen. “I was pleased with both sides of the ball. Our defense allowed just 14 points, and [Paris] had other opportunities to score. I’m very happy. I told the team to enjoy it tonight. We’re 5-1, but there are four football games remaining.”
Mitchell also caught two passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns from two different quarterbacks.
Both Kattich and Mitchell are on the verge of 1,000-yard seasons with four regular games remaining. Mitchell leads with 949 yards (13.1 ypc) with nine TDs. Kattich has 876 yards (9.8 ypc) with 13 TDs. Mitchell now has 1,927 yards rushing for his career.
“We got to continue to work on getting better,” Washausen said. “We can’t look past anyone because we got some big games coming up.”
West Fork (0-6) is struggling to find their first win of the season, but the Pirates have Greenland (1-2), Mansfield (2-1), and Booneville (3-0).
Moutainburg - Bye
The Dragons (2-0) have its final bye of the season before facing three of its toughest conference foes, Hackett (1-1), Magazine (2-0) and Hector (1-1).
Last week the Dragons jumped on Westside 32-0 early in the second quarter and went on to win 46-22 at home.
Malachi West, coming off his 249-yard career run two weeks ago, paced Mountainburg with 164 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. West also had four two-point conversions. Dylan Coughran added six carries for 90 yards and three TDs.