SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners broke their winless football streak Friday night with a 32-8 victory over the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves.
The previous win for Southside was at home against the Marianna Lee Trojans on Oct. 17, 2008.
“This win means a lot to my seniors,” said Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson. “I’m extremely proud of them because not many kids would have stayed with football after losing for two years in a row.”
Simpson’s record at the school is now 1-0, and he hopes his team can start a streak of a different kind.
LOCUST GROVE — Drew Witt took the checkered flag at 3rd annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front Wheel Drive Special here Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Steven Morrow finished second followed by Misty Sallas in third. Witt claimed a $500 prize for winning the event.
Rounding out the top 10 in the championship race were: Ronnie Jones, Skip Lane, Greg Hames, Tony Brooks, Jarrod Grinder, Lucien Herrington and Jackson Herrington. Brooks, the 2-time defending champ, finished first in the second heat. Sallas won the other heat race.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Concord Pirates kept up their winning ways at The Course on Turkey Mountain by winning a 4-way golf match here Friday.
The Pirates, who have won seven of the eight events they have entered this season, shot a 2-over-par 110. The Izard County Cougars finished 19 strokes behind with a team total of 129. The Shirley Blue Devils (133) and Mammoth Spring Bears (165) round out the other scores.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior High cross country teams got off to a fast start here Thursday with victories in the Junior Bomber Invitational, a season-opening event for seventh- and eighth-graders.
It was a good day, too, for Melbourne and Southside harriers. The Junior Lady Bearkatz finished second in the team total while the Junior Lady Southerners and Junior Southerners finished third. The Harrison Junior Goblins finished second to the Junior Pioneers.
CAVE CITY — The Batesville Lady Pioneer and Pioneer tennis teams began the season here Thursday with close victories over their hosts.
The Lady Pioneers edged the Cave City Cavewomen 4-3 by winning two of three doubles matches. The Pioneers did the same for a 3-2 decision.
Providing the decisive wins for the Lady Pioneers were the teams of Stephanie Bolin-Emily Barber and Chaney James-Rebecca Hanson. The Pioneers took the team event. Tanner Huff-Jacob Lowery and Billy Pham-Huff won.
CONWAY (AP) — Nathan Dick threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns, and Central Arkansas beat Henderson State 38-14 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Dick connected with Al Lasker, Dominique Croom and Derrick Steele on touchdown passes of 40, 34 and 21 yards, respectively.
Terence Bobo and Roosevelt Tyler added rushing touchdowns for the Bears, and Eddie Camara kicked a 42-yard field goal.
DRASCO — The Concord Pirates took the top spot in a 4-way golf match at Tannenbaum Golf Course here Thursday with a team total of 122.
The Cave City Cavemen and Greers Ferry West Side Eagles both shot 155’s. The Shirley Blue Devils finished four strokes behind them in third place with a 159.
Concord has won six of the seven events this season.
Individually, Concord’s Ryan Cornelison carded an even-par 36 to claim the medal. A.J. Cannon shot a 42 and Cameron Reesor turned in a 44 for the Pirates. Luke Cornett finished with a 46 that was not tallied with his team’s total.
POCAHONTAS — The Southside Lady Southerners remained unbeaten in 4A-Northeast Conference volleyball here Thursday with a 3-0 decision over the Pocahontas Lady Redskins.
The Lady Southerners won 25-11, 25-18, 25-17 as Jenn Wyatt hit 22 of 23 serves in play, including six aces, and dug up eight shots. Courtney Farrier also topped the charts with 13 kills and eight blocks.
Cedar Ridge at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Both teams will be looking to get a win in what could be the final meeting between the two area schools. Cedar Ridge would like to get off to a 1-0 start before starting conference play against Walnut Ridge next week, and Southside hopes to end their 2-year winless streak. The Southerners, who play in the 4A-2 district, lost last year’s matchup 38-36 to the 2A-3 Timberwolves.
ROSE BUD — No waiting around this time.
The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz opened the football season here Thursday night with a 14-12, come-from-behind victory over the Rose Bud Junior Ramblers.
This time last year, the Junior Ramblers thumped the Junior ’Katz in what was Melbourne’s first-ever varsity contest. They lost their second game before winning their last six.
NEWPORT — Both head coaches said they expected a competitive game between their two junior high football teams, and their predictions couldn’t have been more true as the game ended Thursday night in a 20-20 tie.
Lately, the Batesville Junior Pioneers had dominated the series with rival Newport, outscoring the Greypups 113-18 during a 3-game span, but it looked like the home team might earn a victory when they were leading by two scores in the third quarter.
MELBOURNE — The high school junior varsity football game set here for Saturday evening has been canceled, announced Melbourne Athletic Director Tim Massey.
Rector, due to an insufficient number of players on its roster, asked for the cancellation, Massey said. Rector had previously canceled its varsity schedule, but had hoped to field enough players to compete on the junior varsity level.
The game was to have been the season opener for Melbourne’s JV team. Now, it will be Tuesday night when the Bearkatz host the Marshall Bobcats.