Tonight marks the seventh game of the season for high school football teams. Playoff spots are still up for grabs, and higher seedings are still obtainable.
Greenbrier and Conway Christian were the only Faulkner County teams to win last week. CCS has already clinched a Class 2A playoff berth and will play at Norphlet. Greenbrier will host a struggling Morrilton team.
Conway has a very pivotal game at Van Buren. A win would go a long way in possibly capturing a playoff spot.
Vilonia will look to right the ship tonight, hosting Central Arkansas Christian, while Mayflower will play at Barton in a matchup that could decide the No. 2 seed in the 2-3A Conferencee.
Conway (2-5, 1-3) at Van Buren (1-5, 1-3)
Time: 7 p.m.
The Wampus Cats are coming off a 31-14 loss to Bryant last week. They’re making the longest road trip of the regular season tonight and are hoping to carry over momentum from the second half of last week’s loss.
Bryant scored all 31 points in the first half before being shut out after halftime. Conway scored its points all in the second half.
A win tonight would give the Cats a leg up over two 7A-Central Conference opponents — Van Buren and Little Rock Central. That has great significance as six of the eight league teams reach the playoffs.
Conway Christian (4-3, 4-2) at Norphlet (1-5, 1-6)
Time: 7 p.m.
The Eagles, who have clinched a playoff berth, make their longest trip of the season to the south Arkansas community. The charter bus for the trip will be paid for by the $1500 they earned during Centennial Bank’s "Touchdown Night" at Mission Field ... The Leopards easily defeated the Eagles, 43-18, last season but returned only six starters off that team and have struggled this season with a 1-6 mark and eighth in the nine-team 8-2A, one of the toughest leagues in the state in its classification with state powers Bearden and Junction City at the top of the league ... The Leopads have been outscored 189-88 season this season. Conway Christian has a 236-175 edge on its opponents.
Morrilton at Greenbrier (4-2, 2-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Notable: Greenbrier came back against Alma last week before nudging ahead 36-33.
Quarterback Neal Burcham has passed for nearly 1,600 yards and his touchdown-to-interception ratio (17-2) is the best in Faulkner County. Running back Hunter Winston continues to make big plays out of the backfield.
The Panthers have at no other time in the history of being in the 5A-West Conference has started 3-1. With three conference games remaining, Greenbrier is in position to receive a playoff berth. The Panthers are right behind Greenwood in the conference standings. The top-ranked Bulldogs turned Greenbrier away in a Week 6 duel on homecoming night in Greenwood, 49-14.
Morrilton stumbles into the game with an overall record of 2-5 and a conference mark of 1-3. Greenwood and Alma rung up 55 and 47 points on the Devil Dogs in the first two weeks of the conference season. Since then, they beat Siloam Springs 18-16 two weeks ago, and dropped a close one to Harrison 20-19.
Central Arkansas Christian (3-4, 2-2) at Vilonia (4-3, 2-2)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Vilonia is coming off back-to-back losses to Alma and Greenwood.
The Eagles are in a pivotal game for a playoff spot. A win by either team will go a long way towards a postseason bid. Both teams beat Siloam Springs and Harrison. The Eagles beat the Golden Goblins in their season opener 30-10, while the Mustangs beat Harrison 20-16. Vilonia went up to Siloam Springs the following week and came away with a 32-21 overtime victory. CAC beat Siloam Springs 26-21.
Mayflower (3-4, 3-1) at Barton (4-2, 3-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Notable: Mayflower played last Thursday night in front of a statewide televised audience. However, Harding Academy defeated the Eagles 42-6.
This game is for second place in the 2-3A Conference. Both teams lost to the Wildcats, so the winner will have an inside track on a home playoff game. In last week’s game, the Bears beat Rose Bud 49-8. The week before, Harding Academy notched a 47-20 victory over them.