Best Game: Mayflower 46, Dumas 41. Mayflower jumped up on Will Gragg and Dumas 20-0 early, and then weathered a late comeback by the Bobcats. Plenty of offense here as Mayflower quarterback Adam Dycus threw for over 200 yards.
Biggest Upset: Arkansas High 20, Texas High 14 (OT).Regulation finished tied at 14, but since the game was played on the Texas side of Texarkana, Texas high school football rules applied, sending the game into overtime. The Razorbacks got a stop and punched in the game-winning touchdown for their first win in the cross-town rivalry in years.
Biggest Disappointment: Benton 14, Bryant 14. What? The Salt Bowl ended in a TIE? Isn’t that illegal? Sure, the performance was anything but disappointing for Benton, which continued to rise under coach Scott Neathery. The Panthers matched their 7A rivals step-for-step in War Memorial. Fans and players deserved the opportunity to see a winner played out on the field, though.
Best Effort in Defeat: (tie) Little Rock Catholic and Warren. The Rockets were fiesty on Thursday night, jumping out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead. The defense exposed some holes in North Little Rock’s dominant offense. The Charging Wildcats survived 17-7, but Catholic looks like a team that could compete in the 7A/6A Central. Warren, a 4A school, took 7A Fort Smith Southside to the wire on Tuesday, falling 29-22 after the Rebels punched in a late touchdown. QB Darveon Brown looked comfortable in the pocket, and the Lumberjacks’ receivers are as dangerous as ever.
Oddest Stat: Episcopal is 2-0. The Wildcats went 2-0 this week, knocking off DeWitt on Tuesday and then defeating Conway Christian on Friday night. Sure, Conway Christian is a 2A school while Episcopal is a 3A program, but playing (and winning!) two games in four days is an impressive feat.