Faulkner County teams advanced to the second round of the playoffs Friday in relatively easy fashion.
Conway jumped to a 28-0 lead on Rogers on the way to a 41-14 victory at John McConnell Stadium. The Wampus Cats will play at Bentonville West in the quarterfinals in a Thursday night game because Bentonville and Bentonville West are both in the playoffs and share the same stadium.
Greenbrier used an opportunistic defense on the way to a 23-6 victory over Camden Fairview. R
Conway Christian powered to a 53-14 victory over Cross County.
Conway 41, Rogers 14
The Wampus Cats defeated the Mounties, in essence, left-handed.
Running back Michael George was held out of the game with an ankle injury. Conway didn’t need him as Alex Hreha went to the air and Conway’s defense completed shut down Rogers’ air-oriented attack.
Hreha began by connecting with Nick Richmond for a 59-yard touchdown on the Cats’ second series. Jovoni Johnson, the backup quarterback playing wide receiver, connected with Will Kennedy on a reverse pass. Hreha passed 22 yards to Kris Anderson for a 21-0 Conway lead at 4:46 of the first quarter. A 25-yard pass from Hreha to Johnson pushed the lead to 28-0 with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
Jordan Wicks added two field goals and the Cats added a second-half TD.
Greenbrier 23, Camden Fairview 6
At Don Jones Stadium, Greenbrier opened the scoring after a Reese Hammontree interception on the GHS 5. Spencer Sutterfield scored the touchdown from the 7.
Andrew Johnson passed 24 yards to Reese Hammontree for a 13-0 halftime lead.
After Camden Fairview cut the lead to 13-6, Seth Howard scored on a 4-yard run after a blocked punt.
Greenbrier plays next week at Nettleton, a 35-32 winner over Sylvan Hills.
Conway Christian 53, Cross County 14
At Mission Field, Conway Christian’s Jacob Wood completed 13 of 15 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns and ran for three more.
Wood had two TD passes each to Brandon Shaw and Nick Scherrey and one to Luke Gates. He had touchdown runs of 1, 31 and 3 yards.
The Eagles will play next week at Mountainburg, a 55-52 victory over England.