While the season has ended for Van Buren and Cedarville, Alma and Mountainburg hit the road to begin their respective post-season journeys.
Alma at Lake Hamilton
The Airedales are looking to bounce back from their loss to Greenwood last week and begin another run through the playoffs.
Alma reached the semifinals last season after winning the 5A West Conference title before falling to Batesville 31-28.
This time, the Airedales (5-5) head to Lake Hamilton (6-4) to begin the Class 6A playoffs.
The Wolves are coming off a 51-14 win over Little Rock Hall.
Alma dropped a 35-7 decision at Greenwood to end the regular season. The Airedales had 217 yards of offense and didn’t score until the fourth quarter. Greenwood had 376 yards and 17 first downs on offense.
Landon Briggance led the ground game with 13 carries for 44 yards and he had three catches for 21 yards. Sophomore Noah Dotson added eight totes for 30 yards and one touchdown. Alex Beneux had 23 yards on five carries. Heath Friddle hauled in four passes for 37 yards.
Quarterback Evan Burris completed 9 of 19 passes for 82 yards with three interceptions.
Mountainburg at McCrory
After a bye week, the Dragons head east for a more than three-hour bus ride to face the Jaguars in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The Jaguars (6-3) lost three of their first four games before bouncing back to win the last five by a combined 225-85.
"McCrory is a very good football team: Big, physical and athletic," said Mountainburg coach Tom Harrell. "(The Jaguars) remind me a lot of Hector. On offense, they run a lot of different formations which forces you to stay simple on defense."
Junior Clayton Stephenson is knocking on a 2,000-yard rushing season as he enters the game with 1,950 after gaining over 210 yards during Week 9.
"We have to be prepared," Harrell said. "We need to execute and take advantage of what (McCroy) is giving us on defense."
The Pointers ended their 2014 campaign with a 34-26 loss to Little Rock Catholic on Friday at War Memorial Stadium.
The game saw three lead changes and a tie by the time the Rockets took the lead for good at the end of the first half.
The win gave Catholic (5-5 overall, 1-2 7A Central) the final 7A Central spot for the playoffs.
Van Buren (4-6, 0-3 7A Central) led 6-0 with a touchdown run from junior quarterback Jordan Barlow. Catholic tied the game with back-to-back field goals.
Barlow completed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jaylynn Dye late in the second quarter and the Pointers led 13-6. Catholic then scored twice before halftime to take the lead for good, including a score with about a minute left in the half, 20-13.
"It came down to two key plays," said Van Buren coach Brooks Coatney. "That touchdown by Catholic before the half and us fumbling the ball on a punt to give Catholic the ball on our three yard line."
Dye scored again in the second half, this time from 26 yards out on a pass from Barlow, but the missed PAT had Van Buren down by one, 20-19.
Catholic scored twice more to extend its lead to 34-19. Dye added his third score of the night to pull the Pointers within eight, 34-26.
Dye finished with nine catches for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
Van Buren’s defense forced Catholic to punt late, but the Pointers committed a turnover on their final possession of the game at the Catholic 23.