The Dragons will take a rest, but the rest of the Crawford County teams will hit the road for the final game of the regular season.
Van Buren at LR Catholic
It’s win or end the season.
The winner of Friday’s contest will have one more week of the football, the other team will begin their off season.
"Catholic is in the same situation as we are," said coach Brooks Coatney. "It’s virtually a playoff game. [The Rockets] have to win too. It’s at their place, so we’ll have to travel. However, we’re playing at War Memorial Stadium and I’m sure we’ll get the best efforts from our seniors."
Coatney added that the squad still needed a good week of practice and added "we have to be productive and be prepared to play."
Braden Osman paced the defense by wrapping up 16 tackes (six solo) and recorded his team-high fourth sack of the season. Jonathan Banks added 10 stops (5 solo) to add with 69 tackles this season.
Bill Lookadoo along with Cole Huckabee and Casey Brown had seven tackles each. Lookadoo continues to lead the team and now has 106 this season.
Van Buren’s offense stalled last week against county rival Alma as quarterback Jordan Barlow was intercepted three times. The Pointers were limited to 114 yard of offense in the first half. Barlow finished with 23 of 38 passing for 203 yards including a 15-yard TD pass to Jaylyn Dye.
"That game went like it had been in years past," Coatney said. "Momentum was a big factor. We were able to make some first downs and defensively we held Alma pretty good, but there was that interception and fumble on the kickoff return and then it was 14-0.
"You can’t turn the ball over five times and expect to win football games. I don’t want to take anything away from Alma, it played a good game, but I don’t think we did anything to challenge (the Airedales). This doesn’t end our season."
The Rockets scored each of their first four possessions to lead 28-7 early in the second quarter against Greenwood. The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2) battled back and trailed 28-24 at the break and won 45-35.
Catholic (4-5, 3-3) finished with 546 yards of offense.
Alma at Greenwood
The Airedales head to Smith Robinson Stadium to battle for another conference title with Greenwood.
This isn’t new for either team as the history of the late years of the 5A West is peppered with contests between the two stalwart programs battling for the league title.
A win by Alma and by Russellville (vs. Siloam Springs) would give Alma the No. 1 seed and a share of the 6A title with Greenwood. A loss by Alma and by Russellville will drop the Airedales to the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. A win by Greenwood and Russellville puts the Cyclones, Siloam Springs and Alma in a three-way tie for second. With the top two going to the playoffs.
Greenwood had 598 yards of total offense against LR Catholic, which had 546 yards of its own.
"Greenwood is a typical Rick Jones team," said coach Doug Loughridge. "Greenwood is not going to beat themselves. [The Bulldogs] are very efficient on offense and they do not make mistakes.
"Defensively, Greenwood is very sound and run to the ball and tackle as good or better than any team we have played this year. Special teams is a big part of its strength."
The Bulldogs trailed LR Catholic 28-7, but manage to claw its way back and was down 28-24 at halftime after a 53-yard field goal by Kevin Jones.
Greenwood began the second half with an onside kick and it was recovered by Kevin Jones, who in turn scored the touchdown on the next play as Greenwood won 45-35.
"I expect our team to have a very physical ball game," Loughridge said. "We have gotten better each week and we feel like we are playing our best right now.
"We are healthy and we have our edge back. There is no bigger game on our schedule than this one. There is a lot on the line this Friday and our kids will have no trouble getting up this one."
Last week, Alma and Van Buren played close on offense with the Airedales having the slight edge 115 yards to the Pointers’ 114.
In the second half, Alma began with a 14-0 lead and took it to 36-0 before Van Buren could get on the board.
The Airedales finished with 320 yards.
Cedarville at Mountain View
Cedarville will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.
To finish the season, the Pirates will travel to Mountain View for the first meeting between the two teams.
Cedarville (2-7) gained 442 yards on offense against Yellville-Summit to snap a seven-game loss string with the 34-14 win. The Pirates led 34-0 before the Panthers climbed back into the game late in the second half.
Abe Hernandez paced the squad with 136 yards on 19 carries. Damian King added 129 on 11 totes and three touchdowns. Quarterback Cruz Rhea returned and completed 6 of 13 passes for 93 yards including four for first downs.
Cedarville finished with 18 first downs while limiting the Panthers to eight.
The Dragons have a rare Friday night off for Week 10 and coach Tommy Harrell said it couldn’t arrive at better time.
"We are going to need the week off to get some players healthy," said Harrell. "We had a couple of linemen get banged up [last week]. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious."
The Dragons (4-2) are assured the No. 3 seed from the 2A-4 Conference after Union Christian (4-2) was upset by Decatur, 19-7, last week.
Mountainburg ran past Magazine 40-6 to wrap up the regular season.
Clayton Stephenson finished with 1,950 yards rushing after he gained 217 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns and a two point conversion.
Sophomore quarterback Quincey Pixley had 14 totes for 34 yards and two TDs and ran in a pair of two-point conversions. Pixley also completed 11 of 17 passes for 189 yards with one score and two more conversions. Willis Vaught caught his lone pass for a 38-yard TD pass. Riley Dollard hauled in four passes for 36 yards and Tyler Patterson added three catches for 86 yards.
The Dragons will hit the road for the first week of the playoffs.
Van Buren at LR Catholic
LR Catholic 7, Alma 6 Alma 36, Van Buren 7
Bryant 34, LR Catholic 7 Bryant 49, Van Buren 16
LR Catholic 21, Russellville 17 Van Buren 31, Russellville 14
LR Catholic 30, Siloam Springs 22 Van Buren 42, Siloam Springs 20
Conway 38, LR Catholic 28 Conway 35, Van Buren 10
Greenwood 45, LR Catholic 35 Greenwood 52, Van Buren 31
Alma at Greenwood
Greenwood 45, LR Catholic 35 LR Catholic 7, Alma 6
Greenwood 52, Van Buren 31 Alma 36, Van Buren 7
Greenwood 15, Springdale 10 Alma 28, Springdale 10
Greenwood 57, Siloam Springs 3 Siloam Springs 30, Alma 27 (OT)
Bryant 38, Greenwood 21 Bryant 24, Alma 14
Conway 42, Greenwood 37 Conway 35, Alma 0
Greenwood 40, Russellville 0 Alma 20, Russellville 16
Cedarville at Mountain View
West Fork 30, Mountain View 8 West Fork 34, Cedarville 8
Mountain View 30, Elkins 26 Elkins 43, Cedarville 28
Mountain View 24, Greenland 14 Greenland 32, Cedarville 22
Mountain View 40, Green Forest 34 Green Forest 44, Cedarville 28
Mountain View 32, Yellville-Summit 12 Cedarville 34, Yellville-Summit 14
Mountain View 38, Marshall 16 Marshall 36, Cedarville 28