The week that was
By Jeremy Peppas
With the Razorbacks facing Ole Miss this Saturday at War Memorial, that meant that North Little Rock’s game there against Little Rock Catholic was moved up a day, to Thursday and kickoff is still set for 7 p.m.
North Little Rock is still perfect at 6-0 and ranked No. 1 in the Class 7A Hootens.com poll while Catholic, with a roster dotted with players from North of the River, are 4-2, but have lost the last two games.
The Hootens.com staff expects it to be an easy night for North Little Rock as the Charging Wildcats are picked to win by 35.
It is also extremely unlikely that this will be the last North Little Rock game at War Memorial this season as the state championship will be played there on Saturday, Dec. 1 and kickoff has been set for 6:30 p.m. in the bracket released by the Arkansas Activities Association this week.
When North Little Rock travels to Fort Smith Northside next Friday, it will be the last time the team will leave Pulaski County.
The final two games in the regular season — Bryant and Cabot — are both at home, with the playoffs come a first round bye for the top two seeds from the 7A-Central, and round two and the semifinals will both be at North Little Rock, assuming the Cats stay perfect.
If North Little Rock does indeed stay undefeated, it will be third consecutive 10-0 season at the school.
Around the conference
LR Central at Cabot
FS Northside at Conway
Bryant at FS Southside
Class 5A bracket
The playoffs seem like a good guess for Little Rock Parkview at this point.
The question remaining is the seed and this Friday’s game at Little Rock Christian will go a long way in determining the conference runner-up.
Parkview is 3-3 on the season, while Christian is 5-1 and are 1-1 with star quarterback Justice Hill out. The first game was a tough loss to Pulaski Academy and win came against hapless J.A. Fair.
Hill, the son of former college coach Fitz Hill, is better at basketball and has committed to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks and coach Mike Anderson next season.
The younger Hill is expected to miss this Friday’s game as well.
Why does it matter?
The runner-up gets its first round game at home against the No. 3 seed from the 5A-West, while third and fourth place both have to travel and also to the West.
More importantly, the winner of that first round game, would likely get a game against Little Rock McClellan in the second round of the playoffs.
And that would actually be quite awesome for football in Pulaski County.
Around the conference
Watson Chapel at White Hall
Maumelle at LR Fair
Pulaski Academy at Beebe