Greenbrier derailed what had been a Morrilton locomotive Friday night. Now, it’s a question of whether the Devil Dogs can regain speed next week at Vilonia.
Meanwhile, the Panthers gained more steam among the state’s 5A teams.
Greenbrier, with a convincing victory over the Devil Dogs, and Vilonia, which powered past Clarksville, are the only unbeaten teams remaining in 5A West. The Eagles host Morrilton, which is now in a fight for survival for the top division next.
The Devil Dogs had raced to a 3-1 record, 2-0 in conference when the Panthers (6-0, 3-0) powered up the buzzsaw at Morrilton.
The Panthers, again led by quarterback Seth Peters, took command for the start and walloped the Devil Dogs, 49-13.
The unbeaten Panthers established themselves as one of the top teams in 5A-West and set themselves up well so far for a high seed in the playoffs.
“We played really well on both sides of the ball,” said Greenbrier coach Randy Tribble. “We really played very good defense. They drove for one early, then popped one for a touchdown in the second quarter and that was about it.”
Peters completed 26 of 36 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns.
He passed 3 yards to Gerrell Williamson and 14 yards to James Vaughn in the first quarter. He passed 23 yards to Austin Fischer and 8 yards to Jesse May in the second quarter and 9 yards to Fischer in the third quarter. Fischer scored twice on 1-yard runs. Sam Burchfield kicked seven extra points.
The Eagles (5-0, 3-0) gave up an early score, started sluggishly then dominated Clarksville, 45-14,
The Eagles straightened themselves out on the way to a 24-7 halftime lead.
Houston Cotton scored on two short runs the second half and Kyle Wyatt threw a touchdown pass.
Clarksville fell to 0-6, 0-3.
At John McConnell Stadium, Conway also started slowly on the way to a 47-13 victory over winless Fort Smith Northside.
The Wampus Cats led 16-3, then poured it on before the Grizzlies got some late scores.
“We sputtered a little bit the first half; we couldn’t seem to get out of our own way,” said Conway coach Clint Ashcraft. “We challenged the team at halftime and we came out with more motivation and focus.”
The Cats (5-0, 3-0) remained unbeaten in 7A/6A Central. Northside, a conference opponent this season, fell to 0-6, 0-3.
Conway Christian wide receiver Andrew Dather, who has been plagued by injured most of the season, had a breakout performance during the Eagles homecoming game at Mission Field.
Dather caught nine passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another as the Eagles (5-1, 3-0) romped to a 48-15 victory over Mount Ida (2-4, 1-2).
The Eagles amassed 500 yards in offense. Tanner Stevenson completed 11 of 20 passes for 281 yards.
Dather caught TD passes of 23, 36 and 73 yards from Stevenson. He ran 27 yards for another touchdown.
Ancil Lea, who rushed for 56 yards, added a 1-yard scoring run and Stevenson, who rushed for 64 yards, added another 1-yard run.
Riverview took advantage of Mayflower mistakes and powered to a 48-27 victory over Mayflower at Riverview.
The defeat dropped the Eagles (3-3) to 2-2 in the conference race. Riverview upped its mark to 3-3, 2-1.
Adam Dycus passed for 240 yard and three touchdowns for the Eagles. Josh Woodham had 63 yards on five receptions and two touchdowns. Drew Duncan caught four passes for 42 yards. Madison Chambliss had two receptions for 46 yards. Garrett Taylor caught four passes for 81 yards and one touchdown.
Dycus rushed for 54 yards. Daniel Geiber rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown.