Week 2 Review
September 13, 2018
Top-ranked North Little Rock (2-0) downed its second straight out-of-state opponent with a late night, 35-20, win over Evangel Christian Academy in the Battle on the Border at Shreveport’s Independence Bowl. Kareame Cotton ran for a first-quarter touchdown, and Tyler Day ran for two in the second quarter as the Charging Wildcats took a 20-0 lead. Brandon Thomas also ran for a touchdown in the third quarter, and Cotton added another in the final quarter.
Second-ranked Bryant (2-0) squeezed past Bentonville West, 17-10, with Latavion Scott running for a touchdown and catching a touchdown pass from Renn Hefley.
Fourth-ranked Fort Smith Northside (3-0) broke away from a close game midway of the second quarter for a 46-21 win at Van Buren. Northside led 17-14 before scoring four unanswered touchdowns, including two to end the first half, one in the third quarter and another in the fourth. Derrick Wise threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, and ran for 139 yards and a score.
No. 5 Conway (3-0) had a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown to roll past Jonesboro, 37-16. Cary McClain ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns, Shane Smith returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown late in the first half, and Malik Benton returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
No. 6 Pulaski Academy (2-0) won at Memphis Ridgeway, 56-35, behind quarterback Brayden Bratcher’s 430-yard, four-touchdown performance. Brendan Halpin ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Seventh-ranked Cabot (2-0) won for the 299th time in head coach Mike Malham’s career at the school with a 27-10 win at El Dorado. Brad Morales and Jesse Windemaker each ran for scores, and Tadariyan Rogers ran for two touchdowns as the Panthers piled up 281 yards on the ground.
No. 8 Bentonville (0-3) didn’t fare as well as North Little Rock on its trip to the Battle of Border, losing via the Sportsmanship Rule to Aledo, Texas, 51-14, in Shreveport. Bentonville managed just 168 yards and 12 first downs.
No. 9 Greenwood (1-1) jumped all over No. 10 Fort Smith Southside (1-1), and won the south Sebastian County rivalry for the seventh straight time, 52-27. Peyton Holt threw 364 yards and a touchdown, and Greenwood added 207 yards and six touchdowns on the ground with Holt running for three scores, Hunter Wilkinson for two and Caden Franks one.
No. 3 Fayetteville was idle.