SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners broke a 4-year losing string to the Cave City Cavemen here Friday night at Stewart Field, winning this 4A-2 District high school football game 26-14.
Now, the Southerners will try to end a couple of more noteworthy strings.
A victory next Friday night in Newport would give the Southerners their first-ever playoff berth and end the Greyhounds’ string of consecutive playoff appearances at 24.
The Batesville Pioneers pocketed some big high school football numbers last weekend. Sunday, their coach said they want to collect one more in Beebe this coming weekend.
“We want to be undefeated champs,” Dave King said.
With a 56-20 victory over the Greene County Tech Golden Eagles in Pioneer Stadium Friday night, the Pioneers collected the school’s 500th victory, a share of their second straight 5A-East District championship and the top seeding into the Class 5A State Playoffs.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s junior high teams won three halves of football against their Class 6A visitors from Baxter County here Thursday night. Melbourne is a Class 3A-sized school.
The Junior Bearkatz seventh-graders won 20-6 against their counterparts from Mountain Home. The home team’s varsity team (eighth- and ninth-graders) edged the visitors’ eighth-graders 8-0. In the nightcap involving just eighth-graders, Melbourne won 36-14.
Conor Fogle ran in the only touchdown for the 8-0 Junior Bearkatz, Coach Clinton Gore said. Skiler Dwyer ran in the 2-point conversion.
SEARCY — Southside’s junior high cross country teams finished second in the Harding Academy Meet here Tuesday and one of their harriers took home the first-place medal.
Junior Lady Southerner McKenzie King won the 1.5-mile race in a time of nine minutes, 3.86 seconds, and three teammates also finished in the top 10. Meagan Phillips finished sixth in a time of 10:03 and was followed closely by Hayden Webb (eighth, 10:27) and Alli Broadway (10th, 10:39).
Kaitlyn Gramling finished 13th in 10:49 to round out the team’s scoring.
Cave City at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The Southerners will try to break a 4-game losing string to the Cavemen and keep the Highway 167 Showdown trophy from traveling back to Sharp County. This game could also be a stepping stone for the winner to reach the Class 4A State Playoffs, though both teams are likely to need to win their season-finale next week to make that a possibility. Cave City is scheduled to host currently unbeaten Heber Springs on Thursday, and Southside finishes up at Newport next Friday.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers kept their winning pace in the postseason here Thursday, winning their third straight 5A-East District championship in cross country.
That’s as many championships the district has conducted.
On. Nov. 5, the Lady Pioneers will try to win their eighth straight Class 5A State Meet title in Harrison.
Thursday, on the 5-kilometer course on the campus of Crowley’s Ridge College, Lady Pioneer seniors Logan Bishop and Natalie Meinzer finished first and second in times of 19 minutes, 50 seconds and 21:37, respectively.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Junior Pioneer defense played its bend-but-don’t-break role again here Thursday, and did something extra during a 31-0, 5A-East District football victory over the Greene County Tech Junior Eagles.
With their first possession of the night, the Junior Eagles drove 49 yards and had a first down at the Batesville 9. That’s when Kenton Crawford intercepted quarterback Trace Williams’ pass at the 5, dashed through a narrow corridor of Tech players and turned up the Batesville sideline and ran for a touchdown.
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. — Lyon College men’s golf team recently finished fourth in the Blue Mountain College Fall Invitational Tournament at Kirkwood National.
The Scots’ team score was 339. They finished behind Union, the winner, Blue Mountain and Bethel.
Michael Shed led the Scots with an 8-over-par 80, good for fifth on the leaderboard.
Lyon’s other scores were; David Pryde, 84; Nathan Whitlow, 86; Bret Bloodworth, 89; and Dave Hartwell, 109.
TIMBO — The Midland Lady Mustangs will play the Rural Special Lady Rebels tonight at 7:30 for a
Timbo Tiger Invitational Tournament title.
Wednesday night, the Lady Mustangs defeated the Shirley Lady Blue Devils 60-21 as Emma Sellers poured in 18 points.
The Lady Mustangs’ record is 5-0.
In a game played Tuesday in Pangburn, the homestandng Tigers edged the Midland Mustangs 47-43. Kyle Martin scored 11 points and Preston Hooper and Thomas Puentez added 10 apiece in a losing cause.
MAYFIELD, Ken. — The Lyon College Scots broke through here Tuesday, notching their first TranSouth Athletic Conference victory this season in men’s soccer with a 4-1 decision over the Mid-Continent Cougars.
The Cougars struck first with a goal from Jan Chvojan. The Scots answered with a goal by Robert Hall. He was assisted by Bill Jeffries before halftime.
In the second half, Lyon’s Lance Alpuerto, Stuart Bramley and Sean O’Toole. The assists were provided by Alpuerto (2) and Jack Hayes.
This Highway 167 Showdown in Southside is also about high school football playoff possibilities.
Yes, the 3-5 Southerners and 1-7 Cavemen, each with just one win in the 4A-2 District, are still alive for Class 4A State Playoff berths.
Five teams from the district go to the playoffs, and Southside and Cave City are among the four teams currently tied for fifth (see standings on this page).
The Southerners appear to have the most direct route to an 11th game.
“If we win out, we’re very likely to go,” Southside Coach Kenny Simpson said.
Newport at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
One last chance for the Junior Southerners, and the visitors are among the 4A-2 District’s best. The Junior Southerners are 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the district. The Greypups are 5-2-1, 5-1 and, with some help from Lonoke, could still earn a share of the district. The unbeaten Clinton Junior Yellowjackets are visiting the Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits tonight. Newport and Lonoke victories would create the shared title.