Glen Rose wins short­handed, Pan­thers grab first win

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - JOSH BRIGGS

Week 3 was — in­ter­est­ing — to say the least for Sa­line County high school football. Bryant dom­i­nated on the road at Fayet­teville, Ben­ton fell to 0-3 with a loss at Cabot, Har­mony Grove won in a rout over Bald Knob and Glen Rose played only three quar­ters be­fore a brawl broke out.

A lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing, none­the­less. This week, though, starts the real sea­son with con­fer­ence ac­tion get­ting un­der­way.

Here are my picks for Week 4:

Bryant (3-0) at Fort Smith North­side (2-1) Bryant will not lose a game dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. As the top-ranked team in the state, the Hor­nets have im­pressed ev­ery week, win­ning blowouts in each one thus far.

Like Head Coach Buck James said last week, the only real con­cern now is can the Hor­nets play four quar­ters of football?

With the first three games over by half­time, Bryant will have to make sure to stay sharp head­ing into con­fer­ence as the com­pe­ti­tion will be­gin to pick up.

This week, I see Bryant hav­ing lit­tle trou­ble get­ting by Fort Smith North­side, even on the road.

Mark my words — this team will not get beat in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Big Blue rolls again, wins 38-14. Ben­ton (0-3) vs. Rus­sel­lville (1-2) Ben­ton has had its strug­gles this year, but the next seven games are what count. With most of its in­jured play­ers back, Ben­ton is now look­ing to re­gain some mo­men­tum to kick off league ac­tion, and what bet­ter time to do it than home­com­ing.

The Pan­thers have had his­tory with Rus­sel­lville in the past, in­clud­ing a few marathon matches. This year could be an­other one of those.

I look for the Pan­thers to click a bit more this week, but will still have to hold on against Rus­sel­lville.

Tak­ing Ben­ton 32-28. Bauxite (2-1) vs. Malvern (1-2) Bauxite played well their pre­vi­ous two games and en­joyed an off week last Fri­day.

With Malvern com­ing to town, Bauxite is look­ing to get past the Leop­ards again this sea­son in hopes of mak­ing an­other run into the 4A state play­offs.

Bauxite is able to throw the ball much bet­ter this sea­son, which could catch a num­ber of con­fer­ence foes

off guard given the Min­ers were a run­ning team the past two sea­sons.

At The Pit on Fri­day, I don’t see Bauxite slip­ping in front of the home crowd.

Take the Min­ers by 12, 34-22.

Har­mony Grove (2-1) vs. Ash­down (2-1) Har­mony Grove made a liar out of me last week, and I am OK with that.

After rout­ing Bald Knob on the road, the Car­di­nals

re­turn home to face a hun­gry and mad Ash­down squad. The Pan­thers had a ter­ri­ble 2018 cam­paign, but have started the 2019 sea­son off strong at 2-1.

Har­mony Grove is quite in­ter­est­ing, though. I look for this to be a good game be­tween the two.

If the Car­di­nals can con­trol the clock and not turn the ball over, this could go their way.

Go­ing to pick a slight up­set here.

Tak­ing Har­mony Grove 18-16.

Glen Rose (2-1) vs. Two Rivers (1-2)

Glen Rose will only have 12 play­ers on the field Fri­day. That is not a typo. After a brawl in Week 3 at Fouke, Glen Rose is forced to sit 26 of its play­ers for the home­com­ing match Fri­day.

Luck­ily, the schedule matches the Beavers against one of the worst teams in the state.

Even short­handed, I think the Beavers have enough man power to get by with a win.

This may be the most sur­pris­ing pick of the week, but I am tak­ing Glen Rose, 24-12.

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