Faulkner County teams went 3-2 as they opened conference play Friday night with four games on the road.

Fort Smith Southside 23

Conway 20

At Jim Rowland Stadium at Fort Smith, the Wampus Cats experienced the same chapter and the fourth ugly verse in the 23-20 loss to Southside, playing under the Mavericks’ nickname for the first time.

Conway, which has started 0-4 for the first time since 2003, has lost four games by a combined 22 points.

Turnovers and nine penalties hurt the Cats, who trailed 9-7 at the half after Southside scored after a fumble recovery, then recorded a safety on a snap out of the end zone. McCall Dail scored Conway’s touchdown from the 1.

The Cats took a 14-9 lead in the third quarter when Parker Teague connected with Marquis Pleasant for a 17-yard touchdown on third and goal. The Mavericks (2-2, 1-0) used a long pass to regain the lead at 16-14. Conway drove to a 5-yard run by Kip VanHoose to retake the lead in the third quarter but failed on the two-point conversion.

Southside converted on a third and 13 pass and Brenden Ulrich scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a sweep.

Like the Cats have in all four losses, they had the ball in the final two minutes with a chance to win but couldn’t convert.

Conway returns home Friday to host red-hot North Little Rock, which pummeled previously undefeated Little Rock Central, 49-7.

Conway Christian 42

Poyen 0

At Mission Field, the Eagles amassed 436 yards of offense and held Poyen to 101 in cruising to the 42-0 homecoming victory.

Luke Gates rushed for 104 yards on 12 carries for CCS (4-0, 1-0). Jacob Wood completed eight of 11 passes for 249 yards with touchdown passes of 55 and 41 yards to Seth Smith.

Robbie Hogue scored for the Eagles on a 3-yard run, Wood on a 4-yard run, Gates on a 4-yard run and Will Jackson on a 27-yard run.

CCS took a 28-0 lead at half over the Indians (1-3, 0-1).

Alma 28, Vilonia 3

At Alma, the Airedales (2-2, 1-0) scored a touchdown with two seconds left in the first half to push Alma to a 14-3 lead.

The Airedales took most of the third quarter on a long scoring drive, led by Noah Dotson and Caleb Pike, then wore down the Eagles (3-1, 0-1) in handing them their first defeat of the season.

Bryce Garrison kicked a 22-yard field goal for Vilonia’s only score.

Greenbrier 41, Maumelle 34

At Maumelle, Greenbrier quarterback Carter Burcham overcame two early interceptions by connecting with Brenden Thomas on three touchdowns passes for the 41-34 victory over the Hornets (1-3, 0-1).

Spencer Sutterfield rushed for two touchdowns and Seth Howard another.

Greenbrier (3-1, 1-0) built a 27-14 lead at the half and pushed that to 34-24 in the third quarter, then held off a fourth-quarter rally by Maumelle.

Brian Wade returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown for Maumelle.

Mayflower 46, Barton 42

In a wild, back-and-forth game at Barton, Mayflower won its third straight, 46-42, over the Bears.

The Eagles upped their record to 3-1, 1-0 in 2-3A while Barton fell to 2-2, 0-1.

Mayflower returns home next week to host undefeated Bald Knob, which defeated Harding Academy, 46-34, Friday night.