Game of the Week: Fort Smith Southside 17, Rogers 14. The Rebels have been trying to find an offense for some time now (just 10 points over their first two conference games). The Rebels fell behind 14-0 and needed a goal-line stand just before half to keep from going down 21-0 at the break. QB Clay Tyler paced the second-half comeback as the Rebs put 17 on the board to pull out the win.
Upset of the Week: Magnolia 29, Camden Fairview 0. We’re still trying to figure this one out. Magnolia didn’t just win, it dominated. 5A South favorite Camden Fairview is still in good position in the standings, but the Cardinals need to bounce back from that one.
Player of the Week: Kevin Chamorro, Conway. After two straight losses to Greenwood, including last season’s heartbreaker, the Wampus Cats decided to ride their feature back to pull this one out. Chamorro rushed for 369 yards and five touchdowns as the Wampus Cats survived, 42-37.
Conference of the Week: 7-4A. Let’s take a second to appreciate what’s happening down in the southwest. Preseason favorite Nashville outlasted defending champion Arkadelphia. Then upstart Fountain Lake, a new arrival from the 3A, knocked off Nashville. Then just when the Cobras were in the driver’s seat, Arkadelphia bounced back and knocked them off 48-42 in double overtime. Oh yeah, and Mena – picked fifth – is now 5-0. Malvern, picked second, is in the running as well. This will be fun conference to watch coming down the stretch.
Number of the Week: 43. How about Hector High? The Wildcats are off to a 6-0 start, but their consistency is remarkable. They’ve outscored opponents 243 to 43 this season, and have scored exactly 43 points in three straight games.
Craziest sequence of events: North Little Rock at Jonesboro. After taking a 14-0 lead, the Charging Wildcats attempted an onside kick. The Hurricane were ready, not just recovering the attempt but returning it for a touchdown. Then Jonesboro decided to onside kick. North Little Rock returned the favor by taking THAT attempt back for a score. The sequence left North Little Rock up 21-7 with no net benefit for all the madness.