HEBER SPRINGS — The mercy clock began running with the start of the third quarter after the Panthers rolled to a 40-0 halftime lead in this 4A-2 District contest.
Braylon Mitchell, a University of Arkansas recruit, scored four TDs while gathering 66 yards on nine carries. Quarterback Wes McMullen completed seven of 10 passes for 163 yards and two TDs. Hunter Derrick and Geoffrey Anderson had the TD receptions.
The Panthers improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the district standings. The Southerners fell to 0-5 and 0-7.
HARRISBURG — Harrisburg running back Zach Pretty and the rest of the Harrisburg Hornets exploited the Cave City Cavemen’s weaknesses en route to a 26-7, high school football victory here Friday night.
It is the only loss of the season for the Cavemen, who fall to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Class 3A-3 District. Harrisburg has the same records. Three other teams have the same district mark and one will be left out when the playoff tickets are handed out in two weeks.
Hoxie, Earle and Rivercrest are the other teams vying for a spot. The first two remain on Cave City’s schedule.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers held off the Blytheville Junior Chickasaws 22-14 in a key Class 5A-East District football game Thursday night in Pioneer Stadium.
Blytheville took the opening kickoff and marched methodically downfield, converting three third downs. A fumble on the fourth third-down play put Blytheville in a fourth-and-5 situation from the Batesville 25. Jordan Childress made a drive-stopping tackle at the 23 and Batesville took possession there.
CAVE CITY — Cavewomen won three of five volleyball matches with Southside here Thursday night.
The Cavewomen won 13-25, 25-16, 25-9, 25-12. The Junior Cavewomen won 25-27, 25-15, 15-12. The Cavewomen junior varsity won 25-22, 25-23.
The Cavewomen improved to 13-11 and will play in the Class 3A State Tournament in Harrison on Tuesday. The Lady Southerners’ season ended at 8-13.
Statistical leaders for Cave City were: Rachel Roebuck with 23 points, Katie Freeman 21 points, Elisha Ramos 13 points and 40 digs, Courtney Ewing 10 points and Kendra Demster 17 assists.
CONCORD — Concord swept another nonconference basketball opponent here Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Pirates started it with a 38-3 decision over the White County Central Junior Lady Bears, the Lady Pirates added a 56-28 victory and the Pirates completed the sweep with a 63-20 romp.
For the 2-0 Pirates, Chase Thomas scored 21 points and Tim Fuller added 16.
Casey Gorecke chalked up 24 points and nine rebounds for the 2-0 Lady Pirates. Andrea Davis added 15 points and five steals.
Cassidy Robertson scored seven points for the 2-0 Junior Lady Pirates.
CAVE CITY — The Junior Cavemen’s woes continued here Thursday night with this 3A-3 District loss.
Cave City falls to 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the conference.
Hoxie’s scores came from Tyler Clement, who rushed for 88 yards and two TDs on nine tries.
The first was a 21-yard surge in the second quarter. The second went for 33 yards in the fourth period.
Additional details were not available by press time.
SOUTHSIDE — The Heber Springs Junior Panthers finished their sweep of the 4A-2 District North Division with a 22-14 football victory over the Southside Junior Southerners at Stewart Field on Thursday night.
Ethan Bly led the Junior Panthers with more than 100 yards rushing and got them on the scoreboard first with a 20-yard touchdown run. Judson Smith added a 12-yard TD run and the visitors led 16-0 at halftime.
More so than usual, high school football fans in Blytheville, Paragould and Wynne will be watching scoreboards Friday night.
In order, that’s where the Blytheville Chickasaws and Batesville Pioneers, Greene County Tech Eagles and West Helena Cougars and Wynne Yellowjackets and Paragould Rams are scheduled to play. The extra interest is because five of those six teams are playing for three playoff spots with three regular-season games to go.
Lyon College forward Anja Klotzle dented the net with a free-kick goal in the 76th minute to lead the Pipers to a 3-2 victory over Lindenwood University on Wednesday in a nonconference match at Huser Field.
Lyon (7-2-1) snaps a 2-match winless string and beat Lindenwood for the first time in three meetings. Lindenwood falls to 5-7-1 overall and is 2-2-1 in its last five matches.
Klotzle scored two goals in the match and moved her team-leading total to 12 this season. The second was the 25th of her career at Lyon.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are the only unbeaten team against 5A-East District teams and the next challenge comes from the Blytheville Junior Chickasaws on Thursday night in Pioneer Stadium.
Batesville is 4-0 in the conference after wins against Nettleton, Paragould, Forrest City and Wynne. Blytheville is 3-1 with its lone loss coming to Wynne. The victories were against Nettleton, Greene County Tech and West Helena.
Cave City Coach Travis Stewart said his team will be in for a daunting task Thursday night, but hopes his squad will continue to grow.
“If we can improve from last week like we did from the week before, we will give ourselves a good chance,” Stewart said. “I think they realized their potential last week and now they understand that good things happen when we do the little things right.”
The Junior Cavemen (0-6, overall; 0-5, 3A-3 District) will have to contend with a potent running attack, Stewart said.