September 27, 2018
Top-ranked North Little Rock downed Little Rock Central, 38-8, in the 7A-Central opener. Kareame Cotton threw a pair of touchdown passes to Bralin Battles. Oscar Adaway, Brandon Thomas and Tyler Day ran for a touchdown a piece.
No. 2 Fayetteville lost to Bentonville West, 31-28, in the 7A-West opener and the battle of the backup quarterbacks. Fayetteville’s Darius Bowers was injured in the final nonconference game at Bryant in week three while West quarterback Will Jarrett was hurt in the season opener with an ankle injury that could keep him sidelined until near the end of the season. West, which was ranked fourth in the pre-season poll but went 0-3 in nonconference play, received two touchdown passes from Dalton McDonald. Hunter Swoboda returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to break a 14-14 tie and give West a 21-14 lead at the half.
No. 3 Bryant beat No. 5 Fort Smith Northside, 16-7, in a game that was officially called with 57 seconds left in the first half due to the heavy rains and lightning. The start of the game was delayed, and Northside finally conceded when about 9:30 p.m. the teams were told it would be midnight or after before they could resume. Latavion Scott ran for both of Bryant’s touchdowns.
Fourth-ranked Conway improved to 4-0 with a 45-19 win over Fort Smith Southside. Jovoni Johnson ran for 128 yards and touchdowns of 28, 45, 5, 2, 3, and 1 yards. The Wampus Cats led 14-13 in the second quarter before scoring 10 points in the final 20 seconds of the half and scoring two touchdowns in the opening 2:05 of the third quarter.
Defending Class 6A champion Greenwood opened 6A-West play with a 41-6 win over Little Rock Hall. Greenwood went three-and-out on its opening possession but came back and led 35-0 at the half. Hunter Wilkinson ran for three touchdowns for Greenwood, which went three-and-out on its first series before taking a 35-0 lead at the half.
Defending Class 5A champ Pulaski Academy opened 5A-Central play with a 35-0 win over Little Rock Fair, which was called at the half due to heavy rains and lightning in the Little Rock area. Braden Bratcher threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns while Brendan Halpin ran for two scores. Pulaski Academy held Fair to six yards in the half.
Springdale, ranked eighth, romped to a 50-28 win over Rogers Heritage to stay undefeated. Grant Allen threw for 385 yards and six touchdowns, including two to Brock Pounders and two to Connor Sikes.
No. 9 Warren defeated Crossett, 49-24, with five touchdowns in the opening quarter. Vincent Steppes ran for three touchdowns, including two in the first quarter. J’Malachi Kinnard threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, one each to Keemontrae McKnight and Treylon Burks. McKnight returned an interception for the other first-quarter score. Steppes and Tre’lon Marshall ran for touchdowns in the second quarter to extend Warren’s lead to 49-6 at the half.
No. 10 Cabot gave up a late lead and fell to Little Rock Catholic, 15-13, on Saturday when the teams were finally able to conclude the game that was postponed on Friday night. Jordan Eddington threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Cole Plafcan with 10 seconds left on second down for the game winner for Catholic’s first 4-0 start since 1990.