Briggs makes semis picks
Benton and Bryant are the lone two teams remaining in their respective state title chases.
Having played for a title last year, both teams have a chance to go back-to-back, ending their seasons at War Memorial Stadium once again.
Here are my picks for this week:
Bryant (11-0) vs. Bentonville West (7-4)
The Bryant Hornets dominated last week — in the second half.
After a slow 7-7 start to the game, the Hornets finally returned to form to down Fayetteville for a second time this season.
Bryant will be faced with another foe it has already dominated this year with Bentonville West coming back to town. The Hornets made easy work of the Wolverines in nonconference play and will look to do the same again Friday.
Bryant has to start strong and finish the same way. Turnovers have to be nonexistent for the Hornets offense if they plan on playing for a second straight title.
I look for Bryant to be ready to play and well balanced.
Taking Big Blue.
Hornets win 42-12.
Benton (8-3) vs. West Memphis (7-4)
Benton is just plain good. That’s all there is to it. Its defense is stellar all the way around and its offense has improved week after week.
This team could quite possibly bring home the school’s first title since 1977.
But Friday will be tough with a semifinal rematch against West Memphis.
The Panthers took last year’s tilt on the road and will be playing at the friendly confines of Saline County this time around.
If Benton can control the tempo, take away the big play on defense and not have to rely on the one-play scores from 60-plus.
Long, drawn out drives will help Benton get back to the promise land.
I like the Panthers in this one.
Benton win 34-28.