High School Football Playoffs Winding Down

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Three high school football champions were crowned this past weekend, with two more to be decided in the days to come. Meanwhile, the 2A bracket was pushed back a week to accommodate the forfiet by the Earle Bulldogs.

North Little Rock edged Bentonville 44-37 in the 7A final, while Greenwood pounded the Pine Bluff Zebras 52-14 to earn the 6A crown. In an inter-conference shootout, it was Pulaski Academy edging Little Rock-McClellan 37-36 for the 5A title.

At noon Saturday, Dec. 9, Warren and Arkadelphia will meet for the 4A crown, after they dispatched with Robinson and Pea Ridge this past weekend.

Friday evening it will be the Rivercrest Colts taking on Junction City for the 3A title. The Colts closed out the old cotton patch at Wilson Friday night with an 18-13 win over McGehee, while the Dragons beat Osceola 44-38—although the Seminoles were driving late when they gave up a game winning pick-six.

Prior to the 2A semi-finals, the Earle Bulldogs self-reported an inelligible player and forfeited their entire season—including the early playoff games. This handed the spot to the Salem Greyhounds, and the round was delayed to give them a chance to prepare. Despite stories of a possible lawsuit over the matter, according to the Arkansas Activities Association it will be Salem and Foreman in one of the semi's, while Mt. Ida will visit Harmony Grove in the other.

Pending further litigation, the 2A state championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. All of the finals are being played in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

All the details may be found on the Arkansas Activities Association website at www.ahsaa.org

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