How the Top 20 Arkansas high school football teams fared in Week 1: Pulaski Academy’s Jalyn Witcher goes off

Here’s a look at how SBLive’s Top 20 Arkansas high school football teams fared in games played on Friday, Aug. 28. There are several Top 20 games scheduled to be played Saturday. This post will be updated again on Saturday.


Aug. 28 & 29, 2020

1. Bryant (1-0) beat No. 10 Benton 48-7

Bryant dominated early and often, leading 42-0 at halftime. Austin Ledbetter threw four touchdowns for the Hornets.

2. North Little Rock – Idle

3. Bentonville – Idle

4. Pulaski Academy (1-0) beat No. 7 Joe T. Robinson 48-35

Jalyn Witcher caught five touchdown passes to lead Pulaski to a win. He was special on Friday.

5. Fayetteville (0-1) lost to No. 12 Conway 38-21

Turnovers were costly on Friday, leading Fayetteville to drop their opener. Fayetteville led 14-0 to start the game before unraveling.

6. Greenwood – Idle

7. Robinson (Little Rock) (0-1) lost to No. 4 Pulaski Academy 48-35

Robinson couldn’t keep up with Pulaski Academy’s high-powered offense on Friday, but senior receiver Ivan Thomas did haul in an impressive 38-yard TD reception.

8. Bentonville West (Centerton) lost to Broken Arrow, Okla. 50-23

Bentonville West hung tough with Broken Arrow, trailing 36-23 entering the fourth quarter, but ultimately lost by 27 points.

9. Little Rock Christian Academy (1-0) beat No. 15 LR Central 57-35

Senior Arkansas State commit Corey Platt dominated in this game for LR Christian. He had TD receptions of 67 and 45 yards and also a one-yard touchdown run.

10. Benton (0-1) lost to No. 1 Bryant 48-7

Garrett Brown’s fourth quarter touchdown pass to Cameron Harris was the lone score for the Panthers.

11. Har-Ber (Springdale) (0-1) lost at Jenks, Okla. 31-15

Har-Ber was always going to struggle with Jenks, a national power from Oklahoma. The Wildcats wanted a challenge and that’s what they got. They’ll be battle-tested come playoff time.

12. Conway (1-0) beat No. 5 Fayetteville 38-21

Conway’s defensive backs led the Wampus Cats’ to a huge upset win to begin their season. Senior receiver Bryce Bohanon returned the second-half kickoff 70 yards for a TD.

13. Jonesboro (1-0) beat Catholic (Little Rock) 28-24

Cross Jumper threw three fourth quarter touchdown passes to lead Jonesboro to a win.

14. Cabot (1-0) beat Searcy 35-18

Cabot quarterback Tyler Gee had a great start to his senior year.

15. Central (Little Rock) (0-1) lost to No. 9 LR Christian 57-35

Central led 35-30 in this game before running out of gas.

16. Parkview – Idle

17. West Memphis (1-0) beat LR Southwest 35-16

West Memphis scored 29 straight points to knock off LR Southwest in their opener.

18. Harrison (1-0) beat Magnolia 42-35

Harrison senior Jordin Welsh rushed for the game-winning TD in the game.

19. Harding Academy – game canceled due to COVID-19

20. Fordyce (1-0) beat Rison 29-28

Senior receiver Ja’Quez Cross caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead Fordyce to a come-from-behind win over Rison. He also ran for a score and had an interception.

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