Alma and Cedarville are looking to add to their win column while Van Buren and Mountainburg are seeking their first win of the season as both hit the road for Week 2.
The Dragons have the added bonus of facing its first 2A-4 Conference foe when it heads to Fort Smith to take on Union Christian.
The Pointers (0-1) travel to Poteau to take on Jace Pitchford and the rest of the Pirate crew.
"It’s going to be a good challenge for us," said Van Buren coach Brooks Coatney. "Pitchford is a very good athlete and he starts on their defense as well."
Pitchford was instrumental in lifting Poteau 43-42 in double overtime. He was 18 of 23 for 242 yards, two touchdowns and Pitchford had 18 carries for another 109 yards and one more score. He even kicked two PATs and ran in one two-point conversion.
Roger Barcheers ran for 113 yards against last year as a freshman against the Pointers, but was limited to 39 yards against Durant.
Poteau’s ninth grade class finished the 2012 season undefeated.
Van Buren opened the season with a 35-27 loss to the Airedales. Alma was able to capitalize on a trio of turnovers and a goal line stand.
"We felt that there were two big plays that made a difference for us against Alma," said Coatney. "There was a failure on our part to score from inside the five-yard line. The other was when the interception was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. That’s a 14-point swing right there.
"I was very proud of the team Friday night. I expect them to meet the challenge and focus on Poteau."
Brad Eversole, who was a wide receiver for Van Buren during the past two seasons, had a solid start in his debut as quarterback. Eversole completed 22 of 36 passes for 295 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The offense finished with 340 yards.
Greenwood at Alma
"We are expecting a huge turnout for our first home game this Friday," said coach Doug Loughridge. " Not only is it a chance for our fans to see us open up at home, but its also a chance to see us against one of our bigger rivals."
Last week at Blakemore Field, Evan Burris had his first start and was 15 of 18 for 200 yards, three touchdowns. He also had 21 totes for 90 yards and one more touchdown.
Loughridge said Greenwood’s offense is very efficient.
"Greenwood doesn’t make very many mistakes and have not missed a beat even without their starting Division I quarterback," Loughridge said. ‘The offensive line is one of the best we will see all year. Greenwood has a great running back and it does a great job on the perimeter with their receivers in the quick passing game and screens. Greenwood is a fast, no-huddle team and it tries to beat you with the tempo."
The Bulldogs mounted a 49-0 lead before Sallisaw posted its first score of the game in Greenwoods 49-3 win.
Greenwood had 31 carries for 276 yards with a stable of backs contributing to the offense. Austin Garnes led with 84 yards on seven carries one touchdown.
The Bulldogs were without starting quarterback Jabe Burgess, who has committed to the University of Tulsa and was sidelined with an injury, but back up Reid Wheeler came in connected for 16 of 21 passes for 164 yards and four scores.
"Defensively, they are very sound," said Loughridge. "Greenwood does not have to blitz a lot because it is good enough to play the base and not give up the big play. Greenwood runs to the football well and always creates turnovers and giving the ball back to the offense."
The Bulldogs held Sallisaw to 112 yards of offense.
"Our kids will be ready to play," Loughridge said. "It will be an emotional game for us and a chance to see how far we have grown as a team."
Cedarville at Conway Christian
In his sophomore debut Cedarville quarterback Dylan Shelton was just 3 of 6 passing for 28 yards and three interceptions against the Dragons.
Last week, the quarterback was 9 of 12 passing with 226 yards, one interception, and four touchdown passes all to Alex Cantrell.
"It has been pretty amazing," said Shelton. "That was a tough sophomore year, but to come back and have the team keep improving the way that it has… it’s been great."
Coach Shelton expects Conway Christian to pose the same problems as Mountainburg.
"I never underestimate anyone," coach Shelton said. "Mountainburg’s junior high team is just plum nasty, but in a good football nasty sort of way. (Josh) Skattebo is going to present some real problems to teams this season."
After last week’s game, the coach stressed the importance of playing four quarters of football. Last season against Conway Christian, rallied from a one-point deficit at halftime to beat Cedarville 42-30.
Dylan Shelton threw for 304 yards with two touchdowns in the 2012 loss.
Mountainburg at Union Christian
Mountainburg coach Tom Harrell said that Skattebo, who missed the end of the first half and all of the second half will back in action on Friday.
"Offensively, Union Christian is a lot like Cedarville which means we have a lot of work to do," said Harrell.
Cedarville’s offense had a balanced attack as it gained 226 yards through the air and gained 228 yards on the ground. The Pirates scored on six of its seven touchdowns from 30 yards or more, including a 93-yard punt return.
Skattebo was 3 of 6 passing for 73 yards and had seven eight carries for 15 yards.
Last season Mountainburg led 28-0 at halftime and held on to win 42-26.