By Nate Olson | Photo by Jimmy Jones
Here’s how the SBLive Arkansas Top 25 high school football teams fared this week …
1. Bryant (10-1) beat Fort Smith Northside 42-10
The Hornets’ offensive and defensive lines were dominant and Northside had no answer for the physicality on either side of the ball as Bryant led 28-3 at halftime.
2. Fayetteville (9-2) beat Cabot 34-27
The Bulldogs overcame a 21-point deficit to pull out the win and will host Conway with a state title game appearance on the line next week.
3. Conway (9-2) beat Rogers 49-0
The Wampus Cats erase the bad feelings of a disappointing loss to Bryant in the regular-season finale two weeks ago with an easy win and a ticket to the semifinals.
4. North Little Rock (10-2) beat Bentonville 24-21
The Charging Wildcats score with 11 seconds remaining to stun the Tigers after they had stolen the lead on a 90-yard punt return.
5. Shiloh Christian (11-1) beat Ashdown 21-0
The Saints didn’t light up the scoreboard against the Panthers, but they didn’t have to as the defense pitches the shutout, giving up less than 30 yards rushing.
6. Pulaski Academy (11-1) beat Magnolia 56-25
The Bruins offense resurfaced after an off night in a win over Harrison last week to cruise into the semifinals with an easy win over the Panthers.
7. Bentonville (8-3) lost to North Little Rock 24-21
For the second straight year, the Tigers are ‘upset’ by a 7A-Central team at home in the playoff quarterfinals.
8. Benton (9-2) lost to Marion 59-37
The Panthers’ nine-game winning streak comes to an end in stunning fashion as the No. 4 seed Patriots dominate in the second half, going on a 31-9 run.
9. White Hall (10-2) beat Camden Fairview 35-14
The Bulldogs again show why they have one of the best defenses, regardless of class, holding the explosive Cardinals offense in check on their home field.
10. Cabot (8-4) lost to Fayetteville 34-27
The Panthers looked well on their way to an upset with a 21-point cushion but couldn’t contain the explosive Bulldogs offense in the second half.
11. Little Rock Parkview (9-3) beat Jonesboro 41-21
The Patriots notch a statement win over the No. 1-seeded Hurricane and are now a win away from the state championship game.
12. Fort Smith Northside (7-5) lost to Bryant 42-10
The Grizzlies played with Bryant in early October but were outmatched Friday night from the beginning.
13. Greenwood (8-3) beat Mountain Home 42-0
A month ago, a battered Greenwood team didn’t look capable of a long playoff run, but now the Bulldogs will host a semifinal game with 6A-West Conference foe Little Rock Parkview looking to avenge an earlier loss and get back to Little Rock for the second straight season.
14. Lake Hamilton (9-3) lost to El Dorado 48-27
The Wolves finish the season losing three of their final four games after starting 8-0.
15. Jonesboro (7-3) lost to Parkview 41-21
The Hurricane finish the season on a two-game losing streak.
16. Little Rock Christian (10-2) beat Nettleton 35-7
The Warriors, a No. 3 seed, are playing more like the program that has appeared in three straight state championship games as they easily advance to the semifinals to try to avenge a loss against White Hall.
17. El Dorado (9-2) beat Lake Hamilton 48-27
The Wildcats jumped out a 28-0 lead and never looked back and now will be a favorite to beat Marion in the semifinals at home next week.
18. Greenbrier (12-0) beat Wynne 14-0
The good news is the Panthers are playing in the semifinals. The bad news is they will play without dynamic senior quarterback Cooper Wilcox, who didn’t play in the second half with a shoulder injury.
19. Nettleton (11-1) lost to Little Rock Christian 35-7
A magical season ends in disappointing fashion as the Warriors’ defense shuts down the Raiders’ explosive offense.
20. Wynne (10-2) lost to Greenbrier 14-0
The Yellowjackets’ defense only gave up one touchdown, but the run-oriented offense never got going against the Panthers.
21. Warren (10-1) beat Trumann 35-7
After two straight weeks off, the Lumberjacks had Trumann eliminated by halftime and now have a rematch with Stuttgart, which they handled easily in September.
22. Joe T. Robinson (11-1) beat Pocahontas 49-7
The Redskins’ Connor Baker has run all over defenses this season but not Friday as the Senators pick up their 11th win in a row.
23. Stuttgart (11-1) beat Elkins 63-34
The Ricebirds’ offense explodes and will need all of that firepower to avenge an earlier loss to Warren next week.
24. Rogers (9-3) lost to Conway 49-0
The Mountaineers made great strides this season, but they were no match for the mighty Wampus Cats.
25. Camden Fairview (10-2) lost to White Hall 35-14
The Cardinals were ineffective against the lockdown Bulldogs defense but finish a great season with a conference title and their only other loss coming to Class 6A El Dorado.
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