Around the Rock – High School Football Week 5 Recap

Story by: Jeremy Peppas

North Little Rock stayed perfect and appears headed to its third consecutive 10-0 regular season.

The most recent challenge was a road trip previously unbeaten Conway. North Little Rock prevailed, 35-14, and kept the undefeated season going at 5-0.

North Little Rock used maybe the state’s best backfield in getting the win.

Junior running back Brandon Thomas rushed for 218 yards, while senior Oscar Adaway accounted for 212 yards of total offense, with 144 of those coming on the ground along with two touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Kareame Cotton scored three, short-yardage touchdowns in the second half to put the game away.

This Friday is Homecoming for North Little Rock as Fort Smith Southside (3-2) rolls into town.

The Mavericks are coming up a comeback win against Cabot in a game where they piled up some impressive numbers on offense. Southside had 503 yards to total offense in the win with star quarterback taking care of most of that with 376 yards passing and rushing.

North Little Rock is the state’s No. 1 team in this week’s Class 7A poll by Hootens.com while Southside is No. 10. Despite it being a top 10 matchup, North Little Rock is the overwhelming favorite and are picked to win the game by 35.

Looking ahead, North Little Rock has games remaining at Northside, 4-1 and Catholic, 4-1 at War Memorial and end the season two home games against Bryant, 4-1 and Cabot, 2-3.

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Photos by: Jaison Sterling (Sterling Imageworks)

Around the conference

Conway at Cabot

LR Central at Bryant

LR Catholic at FS Northside

Parkview handles Maumelle

Little Rock Parkview firmed up its playoff chances by beating Maumelle last Thursday, 40-28, in 5A-Central play at War Memorial Stadium.

Parkview is now 2-3 on the season, all losses were against larger classification schools, but more importantly, 2-0 in the conference with five games remaining.

Key to the Parkview win was Geary Allmon, who rushed for 202 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Parkview had 448 yards of total offense, with 407 of those on the ground.

Johnathan Campos had a touchdown, while Thomas McCauley rushed for two more for Parkview.

Maumelle fell to 3-2, with both loses coming in the conference, while quarterback Evan Robinson, a transfer from Mayflower, accounted for 272 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.

With the win, Parkview cracked the top 10 in the Hootens.com Class 5A poll at No. 9.

They travel to Watson Chapel this Friday and are favored by 1.

A win, and Parkview will have nearly clinched a playoff appearance with four games remaining.

The schedule gets a significant upgrade the following two weeks with trips to Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian, with the last two games against White Hall at War Memorial and a trip to Little Rock Fair to end the regular season.

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Photos by: Jaison Sterling (Sterling Imageworks)

Around the league

LR Fair at LR Christian

Beebe at White Hall

Pulaski Academy at Maumelle