This week in Faulkner County football features some big games with Conway, Greenbrier and Vilonia at home, while Mayflower and Conway Christian hitting the road.
In 7A Central action, the Wampus Cats face Fort Smith Northside in a battle between a pair of five-win teams.
Both teams enter with just one loss.
Conway’s came at the hands of North Little Rock on Sept. 28 at home in a 35-14 defeat.
Heading into halftime, the Wampus Cats tied the Charging Wildcats, but gave up three touchdowns heading out of the break which Conway couldn’t answer.
Last week, the Wampus Cats came back from a 14-point deficit at halftime to Cabot, eventually knocking off the Panthers in overtime to halt Cabot coach Mike Malham’s pursuit of 300 wins before his retirement at the end of the season.
For Northside, they lost 16-7 at Bryant on Sept. 21.
The Grizzlies have reeled off a pair of wins since then, a 35-7 win over Little Rock Central and a 40-14 win over Catholic.
Neither team has a common opponent so far thus season.
With just four games left on the schedule, this game will likely go a long way to determine seeding at the end of the season for the 7A State Tournament.
Hooten’s has given Conway a one-point spread in victory.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at John McConnell Stadium in Conway.
If one can’t make it to the game, it can be watched via Conway Corp.
In Greenbrier, last year’s 5A West co-champions square off with the Panthers entering 4-2, fresh off a win over conference foe Farmington.
Last week, Harrison steamrolled over Vilonia 62-6 on the road.
The Goblins have not surrendered much this season, entering undefeated on the season, giving up fewer than 10 points in five of their six games.
Greenbrier’s two losses came against one-loss Little Rock Christian, who has also rolled over teams this season, and a 37-7 loss to Morrilton.
The loss against LRC was without senior quarterback Andrew Johnson.
This week’s game will be a tough one for the Panthers as there seems to be few that can stop Harrison, but Greenbrier can be that team Friday.
Hooten’s has picked Harrison as a 16-point favorite over the Panthers.
The game takes place in Greenbrier and starts a 7 p.m.
As for Vilonia, the Eagles have a winnable game facing them when they host Farmington.
Vilonia is coming off a tough loss, as previously mentioned.
In what could be perceived as a program rebuilding, the Eagles have won two games, the first against Beebe and the second against Huntsville.
There is hope in Vilonia as it has one more win than they had all last season.
This week, they face the Cardinals, who are coming in with back-to-back losses against Alma and Greenbrier.
Farmington started strong, going 3-1 through the first four weeks, but haven’t been able to continue that.
The games against Alma and Greenbrier were close, but the Cardinals couldn’t break through.
Hooten’s has Farmington a three-point favorite against Vilonia.
The game is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. in Vilonia. The game will also be streamed via YouTube at Vilonia High School.
Mayflower looks to build off its 46-0 one-sided win over 4-3A conference foe Two Rivers when it hits the road to Baptist Prep.
Through six games, Mayflower has showed in all but one game, a 40-14 loss to Glen Rose.
The Eagles bounced back in a big way, scoring 40 points in the first quarter against Two Rivers last week before putting backups in during the second quarter.
The starters may get to play a little bit longer when it faces the 3-2-1 Baptist Prep Eagles.
The Baptist Prep offense has struggled throughout much of the season, scoring fewer than 20 points in five of six games.
However, it has been able to squeak out three wins, including two in a row against Jessieville and Perryville.
Baptist Prep won by a combined 13 points in those games.
Hooten’s has Mayflower as a 27-point favorite.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Baptist Prep in Little Rock.
After facing a pair of tougher opponents in nonconference play, 2A Conway Christian has rolled in 2A competition, winning all four 2A games.
The Eagles has won three games in a row and is currently leading the 5-2A.
In CCS’s wins, no team has been able to hold it’s offense under 40 points yet.
As for Quitman, the Bulldogs have played well this season, losing just one game, which came last week on the road against Magnet Cove.
The Bulldogs fell to the Panthers 60-41 last week, but Quitman has been quite offensive, scoring 32 or more points in all but one game, a 19-16 win over Bigelow.
Hooten’s has CCS as a 19-point favorite.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. in Quitman and the game can be heard at http://www.conwaychristianschool.org/athletics/listen-live.cfm.