All lo­cal teams move on in Round 2

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Round 1 was slow in Sa­line County as only two teams took the field. With Round 2 set Fri­day, the state foot­ball play­offs are sure to be some­thing to watch for lo­cal fans again.

Bauxite fell in its open­ing round, end­ing its sea­son. Glen Rose ad­vanced with a blowout over Wal­nut Ridge and Ben­ton and Bryant both en­joyed muchde­served bye weeks.

Here are my picks for Round 2: Bryant (10-0) vs. Fayet­teville

(6-5)

In Week 3, this was a bat­tle of No. 1 and No. 2 in the state rank­ings. How­ever, Bryant was leaps and bounds ahead of Fayet­teville, even on the road, win­ning in a blowout.

But the play­offs are a dif­fer­ent story. This could be a setup game for the Hor­nets if they are not care­ful.

While I don’t think that will be the case at all, Bryant can ill-af­ford to come into it with the “we-can’t-lose” at­ti­tude.

Bryant has clicked on all cylin­ders ev­ery week through 10 games thus far. That shouldn’t change.

Look for a big night from the de­fense once more and also from quar­ter­back Austin Led­bet­ter.

This will be all Bryant again.

Big Blue rolls, 44-20. Ben­ton (7-3) vs. Jonesboro (8-3) Ben­ton turned on the jets at the end of the sea­son, win­ning three cru­cial tilts to be No. 1 in 6A and have home­field through­out.

Jonesboro and Ben­ton have a history, hav­ing tan­goed at this point of the year in the past.

If Ben­ton can con­tinue to run the ball well and cut down on the big plays on de­fense, the Pan­thers should be in Round 3 eas­ily.

I like Ben­ton in this one, es­pe­cially at home. Limit the turnovers and move on. Pan­thers win 38-21.

Glen Rose (9-2) vs. Mel­bourne (9-2)

The Beavers got over the early round hump last week, rolling past Wal­nut Ridge by nearly 30.

This week, though, the Beavers will have to stop the strong pass­ing at­tack of Mel­bourne and com­pany.

Lim­it­ing the big plays and hold­ing on to the foot­ball will be the two main keys.

I like Glen Rose in this one, but maybe not by as much as some oth­ers.

Beavers ad­vance, win 32-24.

JOSH BRIGGS

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