FAYETTEVILLE — Last time the Arkansas Razorbacks played LSU in Little Rock, the Razorbacks played only for their pride.
At 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS, against the 10-1, 6-1 SEC West Tigers at War Memorial Stadium, the 9-2, 5-2 Razorbacks may be playing for a BCS bowl bid.
At a minimum, they strive to take a 10-win season into whatever bowl they play.
That’s a far cry from when first-year Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino’s 2008 Hogs closed a 5-7 season against LSU in Little Rock.
Only the champions are left standing after the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A Playoffs for Arkansas high school football teams.
The Batesville Pioneers, champs of the East District, defeated the third-seeded Monticello Billies of the Southeast District 27-7 in Pioneer Stadium Friday night.
This Friday night, the Pioneers will take on the Greenwood Bulldogs, champs out of the West District in one semifinal. Greenwood held off the Little Rock Mills Comets, second seeds out of the Southeast, 20-14 in another quarterfinal.
BEEBE — The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits edged the Batesville Junior Pioneers in overtime in the fifth-place game of the Centennial Bank Badger Classic here Saturday.
Lonoke won 28-26. The regulation score was 23-all.
“We had some problems with their full-court pressure,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “It was frustrating. For most of the game, we outplayed them. Give them credit, when they scored they were able to get in their press and we weren’t ready for it. We got out of rhythm with our press offense.
HIGHLAND — Maynard edged Southside 58-57 in overtime in a Highland Classic game here Saturday.
Maynard led 38-34 at the end of three quarters, but Southside knotted it at 53-53 to end regulation. In overtime, Southside had the ball and the lead, but a turnover led to a Maynard basket to put the Tigers ahead. Clint Vandergrift scored the game-winner on a layup with about 40 seconds to play.
Kevin Jackson led the Southerners (1-1) with 23 points. Tyler Goad and Dalton Littleton added 14 and 11, respectively.
Jeff Skudlark and Bryan Venson netted 15 apiece for Maynard.
The Lyon Scots edged the Victory Eagles 79-74 in a mens nonconference basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
The win avenges a 95-88 loss in Memphis on Nov. 1 and gives the 5-2 Scots their best start since 2008. They’ll try to better that Tuesday night in Springdale when they visit the Ecclesia Royals.
HEBER SPRINGS — The home junior high basketball teams won three of four here Thursday night.
The eighth-grade boys provided Batesville with its one victory. Kenton Crawford scored 10 points to help the Junior Pioneers win 29-26. Justin Gallant and Riley Caraway added eight points apiece.
Heber Springs’ seventh- and eighth-grade girls won 23-4 and 26-4, respectively, and the Heber Springs seventh-grade boys won, but a score was not available.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves stuck to their winning ways here Thursday with a 50-38 win over the Newport Greypups.
Spencer Reaves led the 5-0 Timberwolves with 19 points while teammate Cole Crabtree threw in 11.
Cedar Ridge’s seventh-grade boys also remained unbeaten with a 26-14 decision.
Tylin Richmond scored eight points and Austin Reaves added six for the 4-0 squad.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s 6-game winning streak vaulted the team into the national rankings for the first time since 2001. And during those good times, the Bulldogs thrived off a grinding approach that preached consistency on offense and defense — with few big plays on both sides of the ball.
Then came Alabama, and that plan was shredded — along with the winning streak.
Monticello at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7:30
They’ve met in other sports, but this is a first time for the Billies and Pioneers in football, Batesville and Monticello coaches said, and it has the makings of a dandy. Both offenses lean heavily on the run. The Billies have two 1,000-yard rushers in slotback/tailback Brian Handley and fullback Trey Hawkins, and a big and athletic quarterback in Marcie Roberson.
JONESBORO — The Batesville Lady Pioneers never trailed, but they had to fight off a late charge for a 53-48, high school basketball victory over the Jonesboro Golden Lady Hurricane here Thursday night.
“Jonesboro had gotten within three with under a minute to go, and we were inbounding the ball against hard pressure with about 15 seconds to go. We threw it deep and sealed it with a layup,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.
Keeping the number of long runs to a minimum is what tonight’s Monticello-Batesville, Class 5A State Playoffs high school football game is about, according to the coaches.
However, while Monticello’s head coach mentioned the Pioneer offensive linemen first, Batesville’s head coach and defensive coordinator mentioned the elusiveness of the Billie ball carriers first.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey said forward Michael Sanchez will be out of action for about six weeks after suffering a foot injury.
Razorback spokesman Phil Pierce said Wednesday the injury occurred during basketball practice Tuesday. Pierce said he didn’t know which foot was involved — he had been told both right and left — but in one of them, Sanchez suffered a stress fracture in his second metatarsal and had stress reactions in his third and fourth metatarsals.