McGEE: Black­hawk foot­ball team hopes go to semi-fi­nal play­offs for fourth year in a row

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SPORTS/SCHOOL -

for the next round and take on top ranked Robin­son.

For the first time in re­cent mem­ory, Prairie Grove is not open­ing the play­offs at home. The No. 29 ranked Tigers are hav­ing to travel to No. 26 Lonoke. If they can get past the Jackrab­bits, they will travel to Ozark to play the No. 10 ranked Hill­bil­lies. Ozark got a bye this year so won’t play un­til next week. The sur­vivor of all that will have to play the win­ner of the above games that in­cluded Robin­son.

The last sec­tion of the brack­ets has no teams from the 4A-1 in it, though it does have four of the top ranked teams in the state. No. 3 War­ren, No. 8 Stuttgart, No. 9 Arkadel­phia and No. 12 Dar­danelle will fight it out to play the win­ner of the bracket in­clud­ing Shiloh in semi-fi­nal ac­tion.

The key to the ’Hawks mak­ing the semi-fi­nals for the fourth year in a row and to have a shot at an­other state fi­nal berth is limit mis­takes and elim­i­nate turnovers. The ’Hawks first, sec­ond and 10th games of the sea­son saw the ’Hawks have sig­nif­i­cant is­sues tak­ing care of the foot­ball and those prob­lems con­trib­uted to the ’Hawks’ three losses this sea­son.

As head coach Stephen Neal re­marked last week: “We still have not had our best game. We have room to im­prove and we will work to­wards that next week. We are bet­ter than we have played.”

While the road may be tough and per­haps a bit daunt­ing, the team has an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing spe­cial.

4A-1 fi­nal Foot­ball stand­ings

1. Shiloh 7-0

2. Pea Ridge 6-1

3. Lin­coln 5-2

4. Prairie Grove 4-3

5. Gen­try 3-4

6. Ber­ryville 2-5

7. Gravette 1-6

8. Green For­est 0-7

MaxPreps/CBS Cur­rent 4A foot­ball poll

1. Robin­son 9-1

2. Shiloh 9-1

3. War­ren 9-1

4. Baux­ite 8-2

5. River­crest 9-1

6. Du­mas 9-1

7. Nashville 8-2

8. Stiuttgart 8-2

9. Arkadel­phia 5-5

10. Ozark 8-2

11. West He­lena 8-2

12. Gos­nell 6-4

13. Dar­danelle 8-2

14. He­ber Springs 6-4

15. Ham­burg 7-3

16. Pea Ridge 7-3

17. Foun­tain Lake 6-4

18. Tru­mann 7-3

19. West­side 7-3

20. Har­mony Grave 5-5

21. South­side 6-4

22. Mena 7-3

23. Elkins 7-3

24. Lin­coln 8-2

25. Star Cit 4-6

26. Lonoke 5-5

27. Cen­tral Arkansas 5-5

28. Ash­down 3-7

29. Prairie Grove 5-5

30. Pottsville 5-5

31. Bald Knob 4-6

32. Poc­a­hon­tas 4-6

33. Cros­sett 3-7

34. DeWitt 4-6

35. Gen­try 3-7

36. Ber­ryville 4-6

37. Malvern 0-10

38. Brook­land 2-8

39. High­land 1-9

40. Riverview 2-8

41. Dover 2-8

42. Cave City 1-9

43. Wal­dron 2-8

44. Su­bi­aco 1-9

45. Mills 0-10

46. Mon­ti­cello 1-10

47. Gravette 1-9

48. Green For­est 1-9

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Editor’s note: John McGee, an award-win­ning colum­nist, sports writer and art teacher at Pea Ridge ele­men­tary schools. Email him at prt­news@nwadg.com.

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