Cards cap­ture crown; Bryant, Ben­ton roll

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS -

Sa­line County teams are look­ing good at the mid­way point of the sea­son. All but one are un­de­feated in con­fer­ence ac­tion as Har­mony Grove suf­fered a tough loss to Malvern in Week 5.

This week, all teams will face pos­si­ble thrillers.

Here are my picks for Week 6:

Bryant (5-0, 2-0) at LR Cen­tral (4-1, 1-1)

I’ll make the same state­ment ev­ery week — Bryant is the best team in the state — by far.

The Hor­nets starters have yet to play the sec­ond half. Ev­ery­one is healthy. They now have two run­ning backs ca­pa­ble of do­ing just about any­thing. The de­fense is top-notch.

Get my point.

This week, Bryant trav­els to Lit­tle Rock Cen­tral to take on a much bet­ter Tigers squad than what has been pre­sented in pre­vi­ous sea­sons.

How­ever, I don’t see Cen­tral giv­ing much of a fight against this Hor­nets team.

Big Blue rolls again,

42-12.

Ben­ton (2-3, 2-0) vs. LR Hall (2-3, 0-2)

The Ben­ton Pan­thers are look­ing much bet­ter now than the first few weeks of the sea­son. Play­ers are much health­ier, which is a big step.

Though still be­ing played closely, I like Ben­ton in a blowout this week. Hall has not been rel­e­vant for the past decade.

Want to see an of­fen­sive show Fri­day? Go to the Ben­ton game.

Pan­thers win 52-6. Baux­ite (4-1, 2-0) vs. H. Grove (3-2, 1-1) This is eas­ily my game of the week. With Baux­ite cel­e­brat­ing home­com­ing against my alma mater at The Pit.

This is a game I have looked for­ward to all sea­son. While Baux­ite has the bet­ter team — on pa­per — Har­mony Grove is not look­ing too shabby it­self.

Con­trol­ling the clock will be huge for the Car­di­nals, along with not turn­ing the ball over.

If the Min­ers choose to pass more than run, look for Har­mony Grove to be hoist­ing the Sa­line River Show­down tro­phy for a third time.

Tak­ing Har­mony Grove in an up­set, 26-24.

Glen Rose (3-2, 2-0) at

Danville (4-1, 2-0) The Glen Rose Beavers are the best team in their con­fer­ence. Hands down. This week will be the tough­est test as they travel to Danville. Sit­ting at a per­fect 2-0 in con­fer­ence play, Danville is also look­ing to knock­ing off the defending league cham­pion.

I don’t see it hap­pen­ing as Head Coach Mark Kehner seems to have his team in mid­sea­son form.

Bet on the Beavers.

Glen Rose wins 37-19.

JOSH BRIGGS

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