Conway Christian amassed 450 yards in total offense Friday night and scored all of its points against Two Rivers in the first half in a 42-8 romp.
But Chuck Speer, CCS coach, was as pleased with the defensive effort that totally shut down the Gators until the final minute in a mercy-rule game.
"We’re getting better on defense," Speer said. "If we continue to get better, we’re gonna be OK."
The Eagles moved to 2-0 in 5-2A, putting them among the contenders as the league race enters the heart of the schedule.
Last year, CCS scored 36 points in the first half against the Gators and didn’t score again and had to sweat out a 36-34 victory.
"It seems like we’ve gotten to 36 several times the last couple of years and had to hold on, so I get kind of nervous when we get to 36," Speer said. "We took care of business and I thought our reserves came in and played well."
The Eagles play at defending champion Mountain Pine next week.
GREENBRIER — The Panthers finally disposed of the Goblins that have plagued them for so long.
Greenbrier, which hadn’t defeated Harrison since 1997, recovered three fumbles in the first quarter and quarterback Neal Burcham and running back Hunter Winston combined for 372 yards in a 35-7 romp.
But the breakout game came from Trent Virden, a two-way standout for the Panthers, who had 162 yards on six receptions.
The Greenbrier defense held Harrison quarterback Tate Stokes to 78 yards passing and running back Jackson Dorman to 81 yards.
The victory in the Panthers’ 5A-West opener put Greenbrier at 4-0 overall. The league race took a different dynamic Friday night after Siloam Springs upset perennial power Greenwood. Greenbrier plays at Alam next week.
VILONIA — The Eagles (4-0) got off to a fast start and struck in all three phases in a 37-9 victory over Huntsville in their conference opener.
Vilonia raced to a 27-0 halftime lead with quarterback Drew Knowles scoring three touchdowns and safety Zac Mitchell setting up one of those with a return of an interception to the Huntsville 9. Knowles passed 26 yards to Tyler Bradley for another score.
James Gardner, who regularly kicks the ball into the end zone for Vilonia, added a 36-yard field goal. Backup quarterback Kyle Wyatt added a 5-yard scoring run.
The Eagles travel to Alma next week.
SEARCY — Mayflower dropped to 0-4 for the first time in several years as the Raiders dominated from the beginning.
Riverview built a 45-7 halftime lead, put the mercy rule in effect and powered to a 45-20 victory in the team’s conference opener.
The Eagles play at winless Brinkley next week.