The road was good for one Faulkner County team in the state high school playoffs. Two others had rough going although Mayflower came just short of a major upset.
All three Faulkner teams were No. 4 seeds. Conway Christian was the only winner, defeating Walnut Ridge.
Mayflower came from behind to take Fordyce into the fourth quarter before losing.
Conway High’s second-round matchup was set for next week when Springdale Har-Ber defeated Little Rock Catholic, 28-17.
CONWAY CHRISTIAN 36 WALNUT RIDGE 28
At Walnut Ridge, Conway Christian’s Chandler Ferrand threw touchdown passes of 9, 61 yards anf 27 yards to Casey Roark, passed 52 yards for another ran 1 yard for another as the Eagles (5-5) defeated second-seeded Walnut Ridge, 36-28.
Ferrand’s 9-yard pass to Roark with 2:01 left, then connected with Clayton Dent for the two-point conversion in what proved to be the winning scores.
Caleb Dather recovered a fumble late to preserve the victory, CCS’ second straight in the first round of the 2A playoffs. The Eagles play at Carlisle next week in the second round.
Ferrand’s three touchdown passes in the first quarter, including a 52-yarder to Jon Mark Wood, gave CCS a 20-6 lead before the Bobcats scored 22 straight points to take a 28-20 lead in the third quarter.
Ferrand passed 27 yards to Roark and tied the score when he ran for the two-point conversion with 5:27 left.
FORDYCE 35 MAYFLOWER 28
At Fordyce, the Redbugs built a 21-0 early and led 28-6 at the half before the Eagles staged a great comeback in the second half, tying the game at 28 in the fourth quarter.
The Redbugs, a No. 2 seed, rallied for a late touchdown to take a 35-28 victory to end the Eagles’ season at 6-5.
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Things didn’t start well for Greenbrier as Batesville’s Payton Richardson returned a fumble 3 yards for a touchdown early in the game.
After the Panthers (4-7) drew within 7-6, things got worse in a hurry. They drove to the Batesville 3, the got set back with a sack and a penalty.
Then, things got worse in a hurry in the Pioneers 48-6 victory.
The Pioneers’ Deonte Jones broke for a long run and quarterback Kenton Crawford raced for 56 yards for a touchdown as Batesville built a 35-6 lead at the half. They scored on their first possession of the second half to put the mercy rule in place.