Heading into the final week of the regular season, several questions remain for the state playoffs.
Those questions will be answered this week as all five Faulkner County high school football teams have a shot at making the playoffs.
Possible the biggest matchup in the county will be the annual Greenbrier and Vilonia game.
In year’s past, there hasn’t been much to play for on the Eagles’ side.
This year, however, Vilonia is sitting in fifth place in the 5A West and looking from the outside to get a top four seed and jump into playoff contention.
Not only do the Eagles have one fewer win and one more loss than fourth place Alma, the Eagles are sitting five tiebreaker points behind the Airedales.
A 34-16 loss to Alma on Sept. 21 gave the Airedales 13 points toward a tiebreaker, which has the possibility to hurt Vilonia and its hunt for the playoffs.
Should the Eagles win Friday, they will have a shot at the playoffs, but they will need some help from Huntsville, who has won since Sept. 7.
Not only does Vilonia have a tough task in picking up a win and hopefully getting some help, it has to do it against Faulkner County foe and biggest rival Greenbrier.
The Panthers are having a typically good season, winning six of nine games thus far.
A Sept. 28 loss to Morrilton also puts Greenbrier in a precarious spot for the playoffs.
Currently, the Panthers are tied for second place with Morrilton and Alma with a 4-2 record.
Had Greenbrier won that game, they wouldn’t have to worry about possibly dropping to fourth and facing a tough opening playoff game against undefeated Pulaski Academy.
Prior to Friday, Morrilton has four more tiebreaker points than the Panthers.
A key 24-21 win over Alma last week gave a leg up for a playoff spot for Greenbrier, but the spot is uncertain.
Should Vilonia get the maximum 13 tiebreaker points in a win over the Panthers, Greenbrier may be left out of the playoffs.
Hooten’s has the Panthers getting a seven-point win over Vilonia.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the Vilonia High School YouTube channel.
In 7A, Conway will travel to Bryant for a second seed and a first-round bye on the line.
Both teams enter with one loss 7A Central play, both coming against North Little Rock.
Last week, Bryant came up short in a 34-28 loss to North Little Rock.
In a Sept. 28 35-14 loss to North Little Rock, the Wampus Cats tied the Charging Wildcats at halftime, but the second half wasn’t favorable to Conway with NLR scoring 21 unanswered points.
The only 7A Central loss each team accrued has now pitted the two teams against each other for a key matchup.
There’s a lot on the line in this matchup.
Hooten’s has a four-point spread going to Bryant in a win.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on Conway Corp.
A pair of games to round out the Faulkner County Friday night schedule also features teams that have qualified for spots in their respective state playoff tournaments.
Starting with Mayflower, the Eagles have one loss on the season with a 40-14 loss to Glen Rose on Sept. 28.
That loss has essentially given Mayflower the second seed coming out of the 4-3A.
To ensure that second seed, the Eagles will have to beat Jessieville on Friday.
Mayflower has done everything it needs to get into the playoffs.
Taking care of business Friday night will give the Eagles the No. 2 seed from the 4-3A.
Hooten’s has Mayflower winning with a 27-point spread.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m.
In 2A, Conway Christian has wrapped up the 5-2A conference championship.
Like Mayflower, CCS just has to win Friday and it will get started on 2A playoffs.
The Eagles finish the regular season against Bigelow.
The Panthers have won just one game in the 5-2A this season and faces a tough task against Conway Christian.
Hooten’s has the Eagles coming out on top with a 36-point win over Bigelow.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. and can be heard at http://www.conwaychristianschool.org/athletics/listen-live.cfm.