One team remains in Faulkner County in its pursuit of a state championship game and that team is Conway Christian.
If the Eagles are continue their quest, they will have to do it against a familiar foe in Mount Ida.
The previous two seasons, CCS has fallen victim to Mount Ida in the playoffs and will look to jump over the hurdle Friday night.
When Michael Carter was still coaching the Eagles, he said that the goal was to win a title and that his teams had won one more game than the previous year.
Justin Kramer has been at the helm at CCS for this year and last year and his Eagles teams have been nothing short of exciting.
Last year, the team lost one conference game by one point to Hector and one could argue that that the ending to that game ended in controversial fashion.
Regardless, after the game then junior quarterback Jacob Wood uttered to Kramer that the Eagles wouldn’t lose another game for the rest of the season.
Unfortunately for CCS, it did lose another game that season and it came at the hands of Mount Ida, Friday night’s foe.
Like last year, Friday night’s game will be the game that will propel either team to the semifinals and get one of these two 2A heavyweights one step closer to the finals and the possibility of raising a trophy at season’s end.
Two years ago, Mount Ida was raising the trophy at season’s end.
Last year, Mount Ida was runner-up.
Those previous two years, the two teams played on Mount Ida’s home field.
This year, Conway Christian plays host to these two teams.
The Eagles’ last win over Mount Ida came in 2012 when they won 48-15.
It’s the lone win in the two team’s four-game series that has seen Mount Ida be the victor three times previously.
Friday night’s game will feature two senior laden teams that are hungry for a title.
Conway Christian’s two losses on the season came against 4A Bauxite and 3A Clinton.
Mount Ida’s two losses came against conference foes Foreman and Gurdon.
Friday night’s game will feature two of the state’s best teams playing at 7 p.m. in Conway.
Hooten’s has Mount Ida coming away with a two-point win and advancing to the semifinals.
The game can be heard at http://www.conwaychristianschool.org/athletics/listen-live.cfm.