Glen Rose wins shorthanded, Panthers grab first win
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.