Week 0 Review
August 27, 2018
Top-ranked North Little Rock squeezed past Tulsa Washington, 29-28, in a battle of defending state champions in the Rumble in the Ozarks at Bentonville. Oscar Adaway scored on a 7-yard run with 1:28 left and then Ethan Lee booted the extra point, which was partially deflected. Adaway had 105 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns.
Second-ranked Bryant won the Salt Bowl, 28-14, over Benton at War Memorial Stadium before a crowd of 38,215, which is the largest crowd to ever see an Arkansas high school football game. Latavion Scott scored twice on runs of 46 and 2 yards while rushing for 110 yards. Renn Hefley threw for 166 yards and two scores. The game was ended, though, at the 9:22 mark of the third quarter when a disturbance in the stands caused panic throughout the stadium. Most of the crowd rushed from the stadium and both teams were ushered off the field.
Third-ranked Bentonville lost to Midwest City, 28-25, in overtime. Billy Cooks scored the decisive touchdown on a 10-yard run following Sam Younger’s 19-yard field goal on Bentonville’s turn in overtime.
Fourth-ranked Bentonville West also lost, dropping a 56-40 decision to defending Oklahoma state champion Owasso. West led 34-21 after three quarters before Owasso scored five touchdowns in the final quarter, including an 18-yard interception return by Deuce Mayberry which gave Owasso a 42-34 lead.
Fayetteville, ranked fifth, went to Missouri and beat St. John Vianney, 51-28. Darius Bowers completed 23-of-27 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns with Connor Flannigan snaring 13 of those passes for 311 yards and touchdowns of 10, 67, 76 and 32 yards.
Pulaski Academy, No. 8, powered past Springdale Har-Ber, 50-14. Braden Bratcher threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns with Hudson Henry catching nine passes for 163 yards and touchdowns of 3 and 54 yards. John David White also caught two touchdowns.
Conway, ranked ninth, won its first game in the Keith Fimple era but needed two overtimes to get past El Dorado, 48-41. Jovoni Johnson scored on a 10-yard run to open the second overtime. Conway’s defense then forced El Dorado into an incomplete pass on fourth-and-22 to cinch the win after a pair of 6-yard losses on the first two plays. Cary McClain ran for 170 yards for Conway.
Greenwood and Pine Bluff, both ranked sixth, and No. 10 Cabot did not play.