Faulkner County football teams endured and survived both the punch and counter punches of Tropical Storm Isaac in their season openers.
Greenbrier and Vilonia played in a pouring rain Thursday night.
Although there was some intermittent rain, some heavy, at sites, Conway, Mayflower Conway Christian all experienced 30-minute lightning delays. After the mandatory delay, the officials studied the weather patterns called off the Conway-Bryant game with 11:09 remaining and awarded the Cats the victory.
Mayflower and Conway Christian were awarded wins as stormy weather moved late in the second half of their games.
All five Faulkner teams managed victories.
Conway 21, Bryant 3
In the rain-shortened game at Bryant, the Wampus Cats unleashed a double-barreled rushing attack of Jeff Anderson and Brandon Cox on the way to a 21-3 victory over the Hornets.
After Bryant took a 3-0 lead on a 42-yard field goal, the Cats scored two second-quarter touchdowns to take command as Anderson rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown the first half. Both Anderson and Cox rushed for more than 100 yards in slightly more than three quarters. Offensive lineman Brannon Kotch, a power back in some short-yardage situations, also scored on a short run the first half.
Cox broke on a 32-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter and the Bryant defense appeared to be wearing down before the lightning delay.
Conway will play its home opener Friday against Jonesboro.
Mayflower 41, Dumas 13
Adam Dycus completed 16 of 19 passes for 379 yards and four touchdown and rushed for 72 more in sparking the Eagles to the 41-13 victory over Dumas. The third quarter was played in a pouring rain and the game was called with 6:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Daniel Geiber rushed for 88 yards and had 44 more in receptions with two rushing touchdowns.
Madison Chambliss had 150-plus yards passing and two TD receptions. Josh Woodham had 100-plus yards receiving and also caught two touchdown passes.
Matthew Post was five of six on extra points.
“The quarterbacks and receivers will get the credit but the five guys up front did a heck of a job,” said Mayflower coach Jed Davis whose team debuted new gold and purple uniforms. “They (the Bobcats) scored one touchdown off a tipped pass that another receiver caught and ran 67 yards. So our defense really just gave up one touchdown and did a great job against their speed.”
The Eagles play next week at Dardanelle.
Conway Christian 23, Episcopal Collegiate 12
In a game at Mission Field, Conway Christian scored nine points in the third quarter to rally for the victory over the Class 3A Wildcats.
The game was halted in the final minute of the third quarter because of lightning and the Eagles eventually gained the victory as storms moved in to shorten the game with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.
With CCS trailing 12-7, quarterback Tanner Stevenson broke a fourth-and-inches play for a 16-yard touchdown with 2:17 left in the first half. Josiah Smith’s extra point gave CCS the lead for good at 14-12.
Stevenson also scored on a 5-yard run and passed 40 yards to Cole Henderson for a third-quarter touchdown. The Eagle defense added a safety in the third quarter.
The Eagles rushed for 124 yards and passed for 172 more. The Wildcats rushed for 222 yards, 171 by Trenton DeLoaCH.
CCS plays next week at Cedarville.
Greenbrier 35, Beebe 0
Thursday night at Greenbrier, the Panthers’ Seth Peters, taking over for much-decorated Neal Burcham at quarterback, passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more in leading the Panthers to a 35-0 romp over Beebe in the rain at Don
Peters had TD passes of 10 and 5 yards to Austin Fischer and 40 yards to Gerell Williamson. He had touchdown runs of 87 and 20 yards.
“We knew we would have to go to our power game more in the rain,” Peters said.
The Panthers began the game with a goal-line stand, a trend that continued.
Greenbrier plays next week at Texarkana.
Vilonia 7, Sylvan Hills 0
At Sherwood, Vilonia linebacker Martin Reyes picked up a fumble and scampered 2 yards into the end zone for the only score in the Eagles’ 7-0 victory over Sylvan Hills in a mistake-filled game in a high wind and driving rain.
“I saw the ball down there on the ground and just picked it up and scored,” said Reyes about his second-quarter touchdown.
The teams combined for 14 fumbles, six lost.
The Eagle defense held Sylvan Hills to minus 18 yards rushing and dominated most of the contest. A pass breakup by Jake Steward and a sack thwarted a late drive by the Bears to the Vilonia 22.
Vilonia will host Wynne next week.