Conway, Greenbrier and Mayflower got off to fast and impressive starts in their season football openers Friday.
The Wampus Cats used physical offensive and defensive play, to surge past Bryant. Greenbrier’s high-powered offense picked up where it left off during an 11-win season last year with a 61-38 win at Beebe. Mayflower defeated Dumas for the second straight year.
Because of the Log Cabin’s print deadlines, more details of Friday night football will be in Sunday’s edition with the Conway-Bryant contest the featured game of the week.
CONWAY 24 BRYANT 7
At Conway, the Wampus Cats overpowered Bryant to take a 24-7 victory at Centennial Bank Field at John McConnell Stadium.
Karlil Johnson scored on runs of 29 and 15 yards in the first half.
Matt Cummins booted a 34-yard field goal as the Wampus Cats took a 17-0 lead at the half. Kevin Chamarro added a 2-yard touchdown in the second half, and Bryant tacked on a late touchdown to make it 24-7.
The Cats’ Andre Willard stopped one Hornets drive by stripping the ball and Ethan Boone recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchback.
"I was proud of how physical we played," said Conway coach Clint Ashcraft. "I was proud how we executed the game plan. On defense, we lined up in our sets and really ran to the ball."
SYLVAN HILLS 31 VILONIA 16
At Vilonia, Sylvan Hills broke a three-game losing streak to Vilonia with the victory at Phillip Weaver Stadium.
On the Bears’ first play from scrimmage, Bear quarterback Trajan Doss set the tone with an 85-yard touchdown scamper. He added scoring runs of 61 and 16 yards, breaking several potential tackles along the way.
Vilonia scored on a 1-yard sneak by Kent Madden after a bad snap. Madden then passed to Drew Estes for a two-point conversion.
Another bad snap led to a Vilonia safety in the first quarter.
The Bears stopped Vilonia inches short of a first down on fourth down in a third-quarter drive.
Quarterback Jared Willis connected with Chase Marshall for a 1-yard touchdown with 6.4 seconds left.
The Bears rushed for 456 yards and 538 yards of offense, 214 by Doss.
Vilonia passed for 239 yards.
LR EPISCOPAL 27 CONWAY CHRISTIAN 17
At Little Rock, Class 3A Episcopal Collegiate rallied for a 27-17 victory over Class 2A Conway Christian.
CCS led 14-6 at the half.
The Eagles return home Friday night to host Cedarville.
GREENBRIER 61 BEEBE 38
At Beebe, The Panthers again dominated Beebe to open the season.
Greenbrier, which had a perfect regular season last year, again put up big numbers in downing the Badgers in Will Drewry’s debut as a starting quarterback.
Drewry completed 18 of 22 passes for 378 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed 13 times for 193 yards and another touchdown.
"We couldn’t stop them many times and they certainly didn’t stop us," said Greenbrier coach Randy Tribble.
The Panthers host Class 6A Texarkana on Friday.
MAYFLOWER 45 DUMAS 26
At Dumas, Mayflower opened with the 45-26 victory over Dumas.
The Eagles host Dardanelle on Friday