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CLASS 7A

VAN BUREN

Arkansas Sports Media High School Football Poll

Following is the Overall Top 10 high school football teams in Arkansas and the top five in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A, as voted by a panel of sports media from around the state for the week ending October 5. Ranking is given with first-place votes received, records, total points and ranking from last week’s poll:

OVERALL

Record Pts Prv

  1. Bryant (24) 5-0 240 1
  2. Greenwood 5-0 197 2
  3. Bentonville 5-0 193 3
  4. North Little Rock 3-2 164 4
  5. Harrison 5-0 119 6
  6. LR Christian 5-0 119 8
  7. Conway 3-2 72 5
  8. Pulaski Academy 3-2 56 6
  9. Searcy 5-0 39 9
  10. Lake Hamilton 5-0 34 10

Others receiving votes: Jonesboro 17, Bentonville West 16, Nashville 15, LR Central 13, Morrilton 8, Cabot 6, Arkadelphia 4, Rison 3, Shiloh Christian 2, Springdale Har-Ber 1, Joe T. Robinson 1, Hazen 1.

CLASS 6A

Record Pts Prv

  1. Greenwood (24) 5-0 120 1
  2. Searcy 5-0 80 2
  3. Lake Hamilton 5-0 68 3
  4. Jonesboro 4-1 59 4
  5. Benton 2-3 30 5

Others receiving votes: West Memphis 2, Pine Bluff 1.

CLASS 5A

Record Pts Prv

  1. Harrison (12) 5-0 104 1
  2. LR Christian (12) 5-0 104 3
  3. Pulaski Academy 3-2 65 2
  4. Morrilton 3-2 41 4
  5. Wynne 4-1 36 5

Others receiving votes: Valley View 7, Texarkana 2, Maumelle 1.

CLASS 4A

Record Pts Prv

  1. Nashville (20) 5-0 116 1
  2. Arkadelphia 4-1 86 2
  3. Shiloh Christian (4) 5-0 78 4
  4. Joe T. Robinson 4-1 45 3
  5. Dardanelle 5-0 30 5

Others receiving votes: Warren 3, West Helena 1, Ozark1.

CLASS 3A

Record Pts Prv

  1. Rison (18) 4-1 108 1
  2. Osceola (6) 4-1 77 3
  3. Camden Harmony Grove 4-1 75 2
  4. Harding Academy 5-0 48 4
  5. Prescott 3-2 25 NR

Others receiving votes: Booneville 8, Newport 7, Jessieville 4, Harrisburg 4, McGehee 2, Clinton 2.

CLASS 2A

Record Pts Prv

  1. Hazen (13) 4-0 101 1
  2. Fordyce (8) 5-0 93 3
  3. Junction City (3) 4-1 88 2
  4. Foreman 5-0 42 4
  5. Gurdon 3-2 22 5

Others receiving votes: McCrory 5, Magnet Cove 4, Earle 3, Salem 1, Parkers Chapel 1.

Conference Standings

7A-WEST CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Bentonville High 2-0 26 5-0

Bentonville West 2-0 26 3-2

Springdale Har-Ber 1-1 13 3-2

Springdale High 1-1 13 3-2

Van Buren 1-1 13 3-2

Fayetteville 1-1 13 2-3

Rogers Heritage 0-2 0 0-5

Rogers High 0-2 0 0-5

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Bentonville High 41, Van Buren 21

Bentonville West 54, Springdale High 20

Fayetteville 47, Rogers High 7

Springdale Har-Ber 49, Rogers Heritage 14

WEEK 6

Friday

Rogers Heritage at Bentonville High

Bentonville West at Rogers High

Springdale High at Springdale Har-Ber

Fayetteville at Van Buren

7A-CENTRAL CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Bryant 2-0 26 5-0

North Little Rock 2-0 23 3-2

Cabot 1-1 12 4-1

LR Central 1-1 7 4-1

Conway 1-1 13 3-2

LR Catholic 1-1 2 3-2

FS Northside 0-2 0 2-3

FS Southside 0-2 0 1-4

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Bryant 56, LR Catholic 7

Cabot 12, Fort Smith Southside 0

LR Central 42, Fort Smith Northside 35

North Little Rock 17, Conway 7

WEEK 6

Friday

Cabot at Conway

North Little Rock at FS Southside

FS Northside at LR Catholic

Bryant at LR Central

6A-WEST CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Greenwood 2-0 26 5-0

Lake Hamilton 2-0 26 5-0

Benton 2-0 7 2-3

Sheridan 1-1 13 3-2

Siloam Springs 1-1 1 2-3

LR Hall 0-2 0 2-3

El Dorado 0-2 0 1-4

Russellville 0-2 0 1-4

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Benton 28, Siloam Springs 26

Greenwood 52, El Dorado 24

Lake Hamilton 42, LR Hall 0

Sheridan 42, Russellville 20

WEEK 6

Friday

LR Hall at Benton

Siloam Springs at Greenwood

Russellville at Lake Hamilton

El Dorado at Sheridan

5A-WEST CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Harrison 2-0 18 5-0

Farmington 2-0 7 5-0

Vilonia 2-0 26 2-3

Morrilton 1-1 8 3-2

Greenbrier 1-1 13 3-2

Clarksville 0-2 0 3-2

Huntsville 0-2 0 1-4

Alma 0-2 0 0-5

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Farmington 31, Alma 25

Harrison 49, Clarksville 3

Morrilton 28, Greenbrier 20

Vilonia 43, Huntsville 9

WEEK 6

Friday

Morrilton at Alma

Farmington at Greenbrier

Clarksville at Huntsville

Harrison at Vilonia

4A-1 CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Shiloh Christian 2-0 26 5-0

Pea Ridge 2-0 26 2-3

Prairie Grove 2-0 26 2-3

Gentry 1-1 13 3-2

Gravette 1-1 13 2-3

Lincoln 0-2 0 3-2

Berryville 0-2 0 2-3

Green Forest 0-2 0 2-3

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Gentry 40, Berryville 14

Pea Ridge 55, Lincoln 21

Prairie Grove 49, Gravette 7

Shiloh Christian 58, Green Forest 0

WEEK 6

Friday

Lincoln at Berryville

Gentry at Green Forest

Gravette at Pea Ridge

Shiloh Christian at Prairie Grove

4A-4 CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Dardanelle 2-0 26 5-0

Elkins 2-0 26 4-1

Ozark 2-0 26 4-1

Pottsville 1-1 13 2-3

Subiaco Academy 1-1 13 2-3

Mena 0-2 0 3-2

Dover 0-2 0 0-5

Waldron 0-2 0 0-5

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Dardanelle 52, Waldron 18

Elkins 55, Dover 0

Ozark 54, Subiaco Academy 6

Pottsville 34, Mena 12

WEEK 6

Friday

Ozark at Dardanelle

Mena at Dover

Waldron at Pottsville

Elkins at Subiaco Academy

3A-1 CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Booneville 2-0 26 3-2

Charleston 2-0 15 2-3

Cedarville 1-1 3 4-1

Mansfield 1-1 13 4-1

Lamar 1-1 13 4-1

Greenland 1-1 3 3-2

Paris 0-2 0 2-3

West Fork 0-2 0 0-5

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Booneville 42, West Fork 0

Charleston 27, Cedarville 18

Greenland 21, Mansfield 18

Lamar 48, Paris 12

WEEK 6

Friday

Greenland at Booneville

Paris at Cedarville

Mansfield at Charleston

West Fork at Lamar

2A-4 CONFERENCE

Conference Overall

TEAM W-L Pts. W-L

Magazine 1-0 13 3-1

Mountainburg 1-0 13 2-1

Hector 1-0 13 2-2

Lavaca 1-1 13 1-3

Hackett 0-1 0 3-2

JC Westside 0-2 0 1-4

WEEK 5

Oct. 4

Hector 47, Johnson County Westside 18

Mountainburg 40, Lavaca 19

Hackett, Magazine open

WEEK 6

Friday

Magazine at Hector

Johnson County Westside at Mountainburg

Hackett open

CLASS 7A

TEAM OFFENSE

TEAM RUSH PASS TOTAL AVG/GM

Springdale Har-Ber 957 1,499 2,456 491.2

Rogers High 638 1,412 2,050 410.0

Bentonville 910 983 1,893 378.6

Van Buren 809 1,079 1,888 377.6

Fayetteville 576 1,284 1,860 372.0

Bentonville West 678 1,055 1,733 346.6

Springdale 592 930 1,522 304.4

FS Northside 916 565 1,481 296.2

FS Southside 478 610 1,088 217.6

Rogers Heritage 788 192 980 196.0

TEAM DEFENSE

TEAM RUSH PASS TOTAL AVG/GM

Bentonville 620 597 1,217 243.4

Fayetteville 591 933 1,524 304.8

FS Southside 501 1,179 1,680 336.0

Springdale Har-Ber 582 1,115 1,697 339.4

Springdale 1,159 575 1,734 346.8

Van Buren 1,028 759 1,787 357.4

FS Northside 808 1,000 1,808 361.6

Bentonville West 559 1,316 1,875 375.0

Rogers Heritage 847 1,213 2,060 412.0

Rogers High 1,250 1,401 2,651 530.2

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

PASSING

PLAYER, SCHOOL COMP ATT INT YDS TD

Wittschen, Springdale Har-Ber 92 142 4 1,445 16

Loyd, Rogers 115 212 5 1,366 14

Gibbs, Fayetteville 83 138 6 1,066 10

McDonald, Bentonville West 61 102 5 1,053 10

Phillips, Van Buren 70 128 7 1,048 10

Hutchins, Springdale 73 150 3 919 12

Pankau, Bentonville 32 55 0 630 5

Wehunt, FS Southside 51 98 3 590 7

Hollenbeck, FS Northside 25 38 2 363 4

Edwards, Bentonville 25 49 1 335 1

J.Brown, Rogers Heritage 20 59 6 177 1

McClain, Fayetteville 9 15 1 175 2

Norwood, FS Northside 21 48 1 166 2

RUSHING

PLAYER, SCHOOL ATT YDS TD AVG.

Burns, Springdale Har-Ber 84 681 11 8.1

Crawford, Bentonville 64 366 9 5.7

Washington, FS Southside 89 362 4 4.1

Whitlatch, Bentonville West 48 357 4 7.4

Phillips, Van Buren 51 354 7 6.9

Farris, Rogers Heritage 69 337 3 4.9

Webb, Rogers Heritage 50 325 2 6.5

Rivas,Van Buren 45 305 3 6.8

Dominguez, Springdale 56 222 2 4.0

Prosise, FS Northside 9 220 2 24.4

Fields, FS Northside 56 214 2 3.8

Norwood, FS Northside 32 209 5 6.5

Rendon, Rogers 49 205 1 4.2

Ried, Bentonville 42 183 9 4.4

Pankau, Bentonville 30 179 2 6.0

Parchman, Springdale 44 172 4 3.9

Zamarron, Rogers 12 151 1 12.6

Hutchins, Springdale 28 143 2 5.1

Edwards, Bentonville 33 127 2 3.8

Loyd, Rogers 26 116 1 4.5

Miller, Bentonville West 11 110 1 10.0

RECEIVING

PLAYER, SCHOOL NO YDS TD AVG.

Wonsley, Springdale 46 695 10 15.1

Ross, Rogers 43 643 9 15.0

Wood, Springdale Har-Ber 36 645 8 17.9

Flannigan, Fayetteville 35 510 7 14.6

Dyson, Bentonville West 26 350 3 13.5

McRae, Springdale Har-Ber 25 460 3 18.4

Henry, Van Buren 23 271 2 11.8

Tyler, FS Southside 21 247 3 11.8

Stagena, Fayetteville 20 344 3 17.2

Charboneau, Fayetteville 17 187 2 11.0

Higson, Bentonville West 15 246 3 16.4

Bartholomew, Van Buren 15 239 2 15.9

Lee, Bentonville 13 163 1 12.5

Kolb, Bentonville 12 210 1 17.5

Bigham, Rogers 12 209 2 17.4

Prosise, FS Northside 12 195 2 16.3

Nason, Van Buren 11 149 1 13.5

Pitts, Rogers 11 111 0 10.1

Newton, Van Buren 10 250 4 25.0

Burns, Springdale Har-Ber 10 165 2 16.5

Bray, Rogers 10 75 0 7.5

Austin, FS Southside 9 125 2 13.9

King, FS Northside 9 121 1 13.4

Daniels, Rogers 9 52 0 5.8

6A AND BELOW

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

PASSING

PLAYER, SCHOOL COMP ATT INT YDS TD

Presley, Greenwood 128 173 0 1,618 20

Reece, Shiloh Christian 95 127 0 1,366 15

Stovall, Mansfield 73 97 3 1,124 15

Pool, Siloam Springs 62 132 3 919 3

Hilger, Gravette 64 104 2 913 9

Atwood, Gentry 70 117 5 905 11

Johnson, Elkins 48 74 0 881 10

Bryant, Johnson County 79 149 8 865 4

Williams, Waldron 68 117 6 860 7

Wilson, Greenland 61 105 3 813 6

Blair, Alma 60 110 4 740 7

Watson, Farmington 38 65 1 550 8

RUSHING

PLAYER, SCHOOL ATT YDS TD YPC

Dennis, Greenland 107 631 6 5.9

Huskey, Harrison 52 607 13 11.7

Kattich, Cedarville 44 559 0 12.7

West, Mountainburg 65 549 6 8.4

Mitchell, Cedarville 33 507 0 15.4

Faulkenberry, Ozark 88 500 8 5.7

Atwood, Gentry 66 472 7 7.2

Beard, Pea Ridge 71 456 7 6.4

Bryant, Johnson County 94 452 9 4.8

Henley, Alma 69 432 2 6.3

Ray, Booneville 55 411 8 7.5

Elsik, Farmington 68 372 2 5.5

RECEIVING

PLAYER, SCHOOL NO YDS TD YPC

Tollett, Shiloh Christian 37 594 10 16.1

Howard, Mansfield 30 526 8 17.5

Fuller, Waldron 28 341 2 12.2

Beavers, Johnson County 28 236 2 8.4

Jarnagan, Gentry 27 379 6 14.0

Carter, Greenwood 26 380 3 14.6

Dagley, Gravette 26 351 0 13.5

Gobel, Greenland 26 290 4 11.2

Sturgeon, Farmington 25 368 6 14.72

Brown, Greenwood 25 242 5 9.7

Tomblin, Gentry 23 306 2 13.3

Chrisman, Johnson County 21 246 2 11.7

Scott, Charleston 21 192 1 9.14

Wiedemann, Shiloh Christian 20 261 2 13.1

Dawson, Greenwood 19 329 6 17.3

Cason, Shiloh Christian 19 256 3 13.5

Bailey, Alma 19 255 2 13.4

Beard, Pea Ridge 19 51 0 2.7

Griffin, Mansfield 18 212 3 11.8

Drummond, Elkins 17 326 4 19.2

Bryant, Greenland 17 171 1 10.1

Weaver, Siloam Springs 16 228 1 14.3

Hunt, Waldron 16 129 1 8.1

Shumate, Elkins 15 275 0 18.3

Bailey, Waldron 14 274 2 19.6

Coursey, Alma 14 155 3 11.0

Linton, JC Westside 14 128 0 9.1

Statistics for Class 6A and Below are obtained from school MaxPreps page. Coaches may submit statistics to barclayalmanac@yahoo.com.

Pointers ready to face former coach

It's just another week of football for Van Buren first-year coach Crosby Tuck as his team is set to host Fayetteville at Blakemore Field this week.

But for his players? That's a different story, as they go against their former coach from last season in Fayetteville coach Casey Dick.

"This matchup isn't special to me," Tuck said. "I've coached against friends before. It's another week of getting our team ready for a good football team. But for our kids, they are going to be fired up about it. I think they will go out and hopefully play hard and have a little extra motivation. If that's part of the reason why they do, I'm fine with it."

Dick, along with Tuck as offensive coordinator and now Fayetteville defensive coordinator Kenneth Chick, guided the Pointers to a historic season last year. Van Buren made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and snapped a then seven-game losing streak to rival Alma.

Van Buren under Tuck has continued to find success. The program now looks to bounce back from a 41-21 road loss last week to Bentonville High in another key game. A quick start against Fayetteville is what Tuck feels will be key.

"Fayetteville is another great football team that has a history of being a great football team," Tuck said. "My biggest thing with our guys is I want them to practice and believe that we can come out and win. I want to see us start the game out that way, too. I felt like we lacked that a little bit last week. There was some doubt. I'd like to see a different approach mentally. We can't be comfortable then start playing hard. We need it from the start."

Fayetteville enters the game coming off a 47-7 victory against Rogers High that snapped a three-game losing streak. The Bulldogs will be looking for their first road victory of the season, as they dropped both so far in travel games to Owasso, Okla., and Bentonville West.

-- Harold McIlvain • Special to the NWA Democrat-Gazette

Class 6A

GREENWOOD

Offensive line must improve

Greenwood is off to a 5-0 start and averaging more than 45 points per game, but coach Rick Jones acknowledged the Bulldogs' offensive line needs to get better.

"They aren't playing as well as they need to be," Jones said. "Too many sacks, we've got to do better. We've got to take care of our quarterback and run the football."

The offensive line, which returns two starters, has also had a hard time in short-yardage situations.

Jones pointed out the Bulldogs were only converting third-and-short (1 or 2 yards) 24 percent of the time while getting third and 7-to-11 yards an eye-popping 67 percent of the time.

"It's a crazy statistic, but it's the Achilles' heel sometimes of the spread," Jones said.

Jones said the O-line's struggles are frustrating.

"There's five guys, and they have to work together," said Jones, who coached the offensive line at times in his career. "They have to make the right calls, figure out assignments and have to adjust on the run. It's a hard job.

"I think we have good guys who can do it. They're hard workers, but they're not getting it done."

Jones said concentration is an issue as the offensive line was guilty of eight of the 16 penalties Greenwood collected last week.

-- Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Class 5A

HARRISON

Goblins hit road to Vilonia

Harrison is about to hit the home stretch of its schedule, with three of its last four regular-season games being played at F.S. Garrison Stadium.

Before that happens, however, the Goblins (5-0, 2-0) hit the road this week to play Vilonia, and a share of the 5A-West Conference lead -- or sole possession of first place, depending on the outcome of the Clarksville-Greenbrier game -- will be on the line.

"It's become a big game," Harrison coach Joel Wells said. "Vilonia is much improved this year and is undefeated in conference play with a lot of offensive weapons. It's going to be a good challenge for us. We have a 3-hour trip down there, and we have to play well."

Harrison showed a lot of improvement in last week's victory over Clarksville, particularly in the passing game. After failing to complete a pass in a win over Morrilton, senior Ben Johnson was 5-of-7 for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Cole Keylon was 3-of-4 for 43 yards and another score.

"We came out throwing last week," Wells said. "All of our passing yards came in the first half, so we threw and caught the ball pretty well."

The Goblins will be a little healthier this week. Inside linebacker Bryan Ulrich is back to full speed after he missed the Morrilton game and saw just limited action against Clarksville because of illness, and Carson Wright should return after he missed the second half of the Morrilton game and a lot of the Clarksville game because of a thigh contusion.

-- Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Class 4A

OZARK

Hillbillies get set for key game

Ozark is still struggling with injuries, but the Hillbillies have still won three in a row.

"We've got some young guys doing a good job the last couple weeks," Ozark coach Jeremie Burns said. "We're still battling. We just fight through it and keep playing."

The Hillbillies (4-1, 2-0 4A-4 Conference) face a difficult test this week traveling to unbeaten Dardanelle.

"It's gonna be a big challenge for us, especially down there," Burn said. "They are really big on both sides of the ball. They have a couple of skill guys. The quarterback does a really good job running and throw their little RPO passes.

"They have a couple of groupings on defense. They have a smaller line that gets upfield fast, and they also have a bigger group they roll in, too."

Junior running back Tyler Sanders, who is coming back from a knee injury, rushed for 55 yards on only seven carries and ran for two touchdowns in last week's big win over Subiaco Academy.

"He's getting a little healthier," Burns said. "He tore his meniscus over Christmas break and is just now getting closer to full strength."

Senior Joey Gresham (5-8, 186 pounds) and sophomore Ryker Martin (5-8, 158) have filled in well at linebacker, Burns said.

Junior quarterback Harper Faulkenberry (5-11, 183) has been a dual-threat rushing for 500 yards and throwing for 397. He's responsible for 12 TDs, including eight on the ground.

"He's getting better and better each week whether it's running or throwing the football," Burns said.

ELKINS

Elks on the move

A season-opening loss hasn't deterred Elkins, which has won four consecutive following a 31-20 defeat to Greenland.

Elkins (4-1, 2-0) is tied atop the 4A-4 Conference standings with Dardanelle and Ozark heading into Friday's game at Subiaco Academy.

"Greenland is a good team, and we made a lot of mistakes in that game," Elkins coach Bryan Hutson said. "But our kids have learned from their mistakes, and they're playing with great effort."

New stars have emerged for Elkins, a team that returned only two offensive and defensive starters from a team that finished 7-4 last season. Junior Kain Johnson has taken control at quarterback following the loss of Quinn McClain, who transferred to Fayetteville. Johnson has thrown for 1,048 yards with 14 touchdowns and only one interception. Johnson is also the team's leading rusher with 232 yards and six touchdowns on 60 carries.

Cody Drummond, another junior, has 20 catches for 411 yards and four touchdowns, and he has an interception for an Elkins defense that's held teams to less than a touchdown in three games.

"Our defense has really stepped up," Hutson said. "Our first-team defense hasn't allowed a touchdown since that first game. We're getting it done by committee with a lot of guys like Cody, Josh Allen, Trevor Shumate. Kain is doing a great job at quarterback. He threw four touchdown passes last week and only played the first half."

-- Rick Fires • @NWARick

PRAIRIE GROVE

Tigers shake off poor start

Prairie Grove has found success in the 4A-1 Conference following an 0-3 start.

That's not unusual for the Tigers (2-3, 2-0), who had a 24-game winning streak in the league snapped by a 26-21 loss to Pea Ridge in 2017. Prairie Grove is on the move again with wins over Green Forest and Gravette after opening with losses to Farmington, Dardanelle and Pottsville in nonconference play.

Prairie Grove piled up 458 total yards during a 48-7 victory last week over Gravette. Keiandre Hobbs rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries while quarterback Knox Laird completed 6 of 9 passes for 66 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Prairie Grove intercepted two passes and forced a fumble while limiting the Lions to one touchdown in the second quarter.

"We've improved every week," Prairie Grove coach Danny Abshier said. "That's what you want to see from your team. Everything we did last week worked pretty well."

Prairie Grove will now face its toughest opponent with the arrival of Shiloh Christian (5-0, 2-0) at Tiger Stadium on Friday. The Saints are ranked No. 4 in Class 4A with notable wins over Moore Haven, Fla., (41-6) and Beggs, Okla., (63-20).

Shiloh Christian averages 53 points per game behind senior quarterback Eli Reece, who has thrown for 1,366 yards and 15 touchdowns with no interceptions. Time of possession will be a vital factor for the Tigers, who must take advantage of some scoring opportunities with their run-oriented offense.

"That's what you have to do," Abshier said. "We've got to score when we can and don't make mistakes."

-- Rick Fires • @NWARick

GENTRY

Injury bug bites Pioneers

Gentry coach Paul Ernest said when injuries start hitting his team, which is already experiencing low numbers this season, it could be the same as losing two players if the player plays on both sides of the football.

The Pioneers (3-2, 1-1 4A-1) have already lost two sophomore offensive linemen for the remainder of the season, and now senior defensive back Blake Wilkinson is out with an ankle injury for possibly two weeks.

"We're going to be dressing 27 players this week," Ernest said. "Injuries have been tough on us, but the players we have dressing out are happy that they get to play."

Gentry opened conference play with a big loss to Pea Ridge but bounced back to defeat Berryville last week. Quarterback Brandon Atwood threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 84 yards and two more scores.

Now the focus turns to this week's game as the Pioneers travel to Green Forest.

"We felt like we had some advantages last week, and we were able to get the ball to some of our playmakers," Ernest said. "I thought Berryville executed its game plan well and did a good job of controlling the clock and shortening the game, but our kids responded well.

"We have a tough five-game stretch ahead of us, and the weather may play a role Friday because I think their style of play would be better for bad-weather conditions. We still have to show up there and just take things a game at a time."

-- Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

CLASS 3A

CHARLESTON

Tigers starting to hit their stride

It wasn't the start to the season Charleston had hoped for, but the Tigers are finding their way now in 3A-1 Conference play.

Charleston dropped its initial three games of the season to Melbourne, Dardanelle and Ozark. The Tigers have responded well after that, beating previously unbeaten Cedarville in a come-from-behind effort last week and Greenland before that for a 2-0 conference record.

A key to the turnaround has been the health of the Tigers. Charleston (2-3, 2-0 3A-1) played the Dardanelle game without 11 players and now has six of those players back in conference play.

"Starting off 0-3 isn't what we wanted to do," Charleston first-year coach Ricky May said. "But we always knew why it happened. We started off rough with the injuries. It's really helped our team getting healthy. We've gotten better at a lot of positions since we've gotten those kids back. They've kept playing and believing."

Senior quarterback Brayden Ross has helped guide the offense for Charleston. He has completed 58 of his 101 passes for 600 yards with four touchdowns.

"He has been really good considering he hasn't had a lot of healthy guys around him," May said. "His passing numbers are down. But that's due to the injuries. It's hard running a spread when having six receivers hurt and your starting two running backs are out. He's had a good attitude, and we expect even bigger things from him."

Charleston gets another test this week as it hosts Mansfield (4-1, 1-1) coming off a 21-18 loss to Greenland on the road.

"They have really, really talented skilled players," May said. "You can't just cover one of them either. Ethan Stovall has been playing really well for them at quarterback. He's taken it to another level this year. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes. They will be a great challenge for us."

-- Harold McIlvain • Special to the NWA Democrat-Gazette

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