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There are many similarities between the growing communities of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove in Northwest Arkansas.

Both are home to parks with re-enactments where Civil War battles were fought. Both host unique annual events, the Mule Jump in Pea Ridge and the Clothesline Fair in Prairie Grove where square dancers provide the entertainment.

Both have undefeated and highly ranked football teams in Class 4A. Both advanced to the state semifinals last year along with Shiloh Christian, which Prairie Grove defeated last week to set up tonight's showdown.

Prairie Grove (6-0, 3-0) has won 25 consecutive regular-season games while winning four of the past five conference championships. But Pea Ridge (6-0, 3-0) is loaded again after advancing to the state championship game last year in Little Rock.

Prairie Grove will rely on a stout defense against a Pea Ridge team led by Drew Winn, who rushed for 314 yards last week again Gravette. The Blackhawks also have a solid passing game that can burn defenders who focus too much on Winn. Senior quarterback Jakota Sainsbury has quality receivers in Hayden Holtgrewe and Jordan Witcher, who've combined for 70 catches and over 1,100 yards in receptions.

Pea Ridge is eyeing a return to War Memorial Stadium after losing 54-37 to Warren in the Class 4A state championship game last December. The Blackhawks won't get there if they commit four turnovers like they did last year in a loss to Prairie Grove. Look for Pea Ridge to play a much cleaner game tonight and take the lead in the strong 4A-1 Conference.

RICK'S PICK PEA RIDGE

Other games involving teams from Northwest Arkansas (selections are capitalized).

CLASS 7A

Springdale at BENTONVILLE

FAYETTEVILLE at Rogers Heritage

Bentonville West at SPRINGDALE HAR-BER

ROGERS HIGH at Van Buren

Fort Smith Southside at BRYANT

Conway at FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE

CLASS 6A

LAKE HAMILTON at Siloam Springs

GREENWOOD at Russellville

CLASS 5A

ALMA at Clarksville

Vilonia at FARMINGTON

Greenbrier at HARRISON

CLASS 4A

SHILOH CHRISTIAN at Gentry

Berryville at GRAVETTE

Huntsville at LINCOLN

West Fork at OZARK

BOONEVILLE at Waldron

CLASS 3A

Clinton at ELKINS

MOUNTAIN VIEW at Green Forest

Marshall at GREENLAND

Cedarville at ATKINS

CHARLESTON at Lamar

CLASS 2A

Hackett at DANVILLE

LAVACA at Magazine

JOHNSON COUNTY WESTSIDE at Decatur

MOUNTAINBURG at Western Yell County

LAST WEEK 19-7 (73 percent)

OVERALL 114-32 (78 percent)

Sports on 10/13/2017

Print Headline: Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge set for showdown in Class 4A

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