Friday night football resembled most Friday nights of last season.
Lots of rain but fortunately for the teams, no thunder and no delays.
Conway, Vilonia and Conway Christian got mired down offensively in losses. Greenbrier lost to Benton as the points flowed. Mayflower recorded Faulkner County’s only victory.
CABOT 23, CONWAY 9
At Cabot, the Panthers played Cabot-style football in dominating the last six minutes to go to 3-0 with the 23-9 win.
With the Cats (2-1) leading 9-7, the Panthers stopped Conway on its 32, grounded out a 78-yard touchdown drive between the tackles. Jack Whisker’s 2-yard run gave the Panthers a 13-9 lead with 2:22 left. Whisker added a 13-yard touchdown run in the final minute.
“They made the plays and we didn’t,” said Conway coach Clint Ashcraft. “We couldn’t get in a rhythm and get anything going.”
“I thought we had a chance to be a good defense,” said Cabot coach Mike Malham Jr. “When you have a good secondary, you usually have a pretty good defense.”
The Panthers took the opening kickoff and took 7:39 off the clock on an 80-yard drive to go up 7-0. The Wampus Cats retaliated with a 60-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard sneak by Breylin Smith. But the snap was high on the extra-point attempt and Cabot held the 7-6 lead.
The Panthers had two drives into CHS territory halted by fumbles and Conway’s D.J. Johnson was stopped at the Cabot 1 when time ran out at the half.
The Cats played Cabot football to open the second half, driving 60 yards to a 40-yard field goal by Matt Cummins to take a 9-7 lead.
BEEBE 21, VILONIA 13
At Beebe, the Badgers (1-2) jumped to a 21-0 lead, then held off a spirited comeback by Vilonia (0-3) to win 21-13.
Kent Madden, one of three Vilonia quarterbacks, began the comeback by passing to Drew Estes to draw his team within 21-7 with 25.5 seconds in the first half. Madden scored from 2 yards out with 7:03 left in the game to pull the Eagles within 21-13.
The Badgers stopped a final Vilonia thrust by intercepting Bradley Taylor with a minute left. It was the fifth turnover for Vilonia.
ROSE BUD 28, CCS 14
At Mission Field, Rose Bud quarterback Andrew Adcock passed for two touchdowns and Caleb Ferren rushed for 309 yards and two more scores in handing CCS its third straight defeat, 28-14.
Adock had TD passes of 29 yards to Daniel Ferren and 19 to Jacob Canbtey and Caleb Ferren ran 27 yards as the Ramblers built a 20-14 lead in the first half. Ferren broke for 46 yards in the third quarter as the Ramblers took contol for good.
The Eagles scored on a 16-yard pass from Chandler Ferrand to Josiah Smith and on an 11-yard interception return by Casey Roark.
Rose Bud had 513 yards of offense, rushing for 364 and passing for 149. It held CCS to 44 yards rushing. Ferrand completed 21 of 39 passes for 192 yards.
BENTON 66 GREENBRIER 49
At Greenbrier, Class 6A Benton won a wild shootout of the passing game against Greenbrier, 66-49.
It was the second straight loss by the Panthers to a Class 6A team. Greenbrier (1-2) lost to Texarkana last week.
MAYFLOWER 38 SALEM 28
At Salem, the Eagles jumped to a 12-0 lead on the way to the victory over Salem.
The Eagles are now 2-1.