Vilonia made its longest trip of the season Friday night and came up with one of its biggest wins in recent years.
The Eagles (4-0, 2-0) built a 35-24 lead in the fourth quarter, then held off a Shiloh Christian comeback for a 35-32 victory at Springdale.
Drew Estes’ interception with 22 seconds left preserved the victory for Vilonia.
All night, the Eagles had to fight off the Saints, who have lost four in a row in their first venture into Class 5A.
Houston Cottom scored on a 45-yard run in the first quarter but the Saints unleashed their passing attack to take a 14-7 lead. Vilonia came back to take a 27-24 lead on a 1-yard run by Kyle Wyatt, an 8-yard run by Jake Steward and a 35-yard pass from Wyatt to Chase Marshall.
Michael Atkinson helped give the Eagles an 11-point cushion they would need with a 23-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
Shiloh drew with 35-32 before the Eagles, who play at Clarksville next week, halted the last-minute drives.
All Faulkner County teams were on the road Friday night and all were involved in high-scoring games.
Seven different Wampus Cats scored as Conway ran its record to 4-0 and 2-0 with the romp at Little Rock’s Scott Field.
The Wampus Cats put the mercy rule for the entire second half by taking a 49-6 leader at intermission on the way to a 63-6 victory.
Jeff Anderson, who rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries, scored on runs of 4 and 8 yards. Brandon Cox started a 35-point onslaught by the Cats in the second quarter on a 7-yard run. Brannon Kotch followed with a 4-yard run. T.J. Ruth scored from 6 yards out and Sidney Moore caught a touchdown pass to put Conway up 42-6. With 1:23 left in the half, Marcus Wright recovered a fumble in the end zone for a defensive touchdown.
Ruth, who had 74 yards on nine carries, scored in the second half along with backup quarterback Caleb Cawley.
The Cats had 400 yards of offense.
The only bright spot for the Warriors, who haven’t won since September of last year and have scored 20 points all season was a 90-yard kickoff return by Trey Smith in the first quarter.
The Cats return home next week to play Fort Smith Northside.
At Mountain Pine, Conway Christian’s Tanner Stevenson completed 12 of 22 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Eagles to their second straight 5-2A victory, running their record to 4-1.
The Eagles had 314 net yards of offense while holding Mountain Pine to 94 and only 64 rushing on 33 attempts. They put on the mercy rule early in the third quarter and led 41-0 before Mountain Pine scored.
Stevenson had scoring passes of 44 yards to Andrew Dather, 75 and 13 yards to Chandler Ferrand, 25 yards to Jonathon Antonio and 16 yards to Ancil Lea. Caleb Dather blocked a punt and Brandon Davis recovered it in the end zone for the final CCS score.
Ferrand had 141 yards on four catches while Dather had 106 on four receptions.
CCS returns home next week against Mount Ida.
At Harrison, Greenbrier remained unbeaten in five games, setting up a 5A West showdown at Morrilton next week. The Devil Dogs defeated Alma.
The Panthers (5-0, 2-0) built a 21-7 first-quarter lead and maintained a 28-14 lead at the half over Harrison. They turned back a Golden Goblin rally in the second half for a 41-31 victory.
Mayflower remained unbeaten in conference, rally for a wild, 57-53 victory over Bald Knob.
The Eagles (3-2, 2-0) trailed 36-28 in the second half before coming back to win in the last minutes.
Bald Knob fell to 2-3, 1-1).
Mayflower again plays on the road next week at Riverview.