Prep Friday Preview: Huge Matchup Comes Early in 7A Playoffs at Conway

by Luke Matheson, Special to  on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 5:06 pm  

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Round two of the 2010 Arkansas High School Football Playoffs is set for Friday night, and each classification has a couple of games to keep your eyes on. These games highlighted are the ones which could decide how the landscape of the the remaining playoff picture will look. has examined the top game in each classification. 7A and 2A have games that many fans would typical expect for state championship games. But the way the brackets were set up, they have led to some titanic clashes in just the second round.

In Class 7A, the Springdale Har-Ber Wildcats travel to take on the Conway Wampus Cats.

Both teams are very solid, and are capable of making a run all the way to Little Rock, but unfortunately, they are in the stacked side of the bracket. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Bentonville Tigers-Bryant Hornets game set for Bentonville. Bentonville is ranked No. 1 this week, Har-Ber is No. 2 and Conway is No. 3. One of Bryant's key wins in 7A-Central knocked Conway from the No. 1 perch last month.

Har-Ber will have to rely on solid play from players like QB Ryan Luther, RB Gordon Welch, WR Michael Fine, OT Brey Cook, LB Preston Cash, and LB Hunter Kissinger.

Conway will have to rely on solid play from their skill players, QB Tyler Langley, RB Jamarkus Harmon, WR Tristan Eddings, WR Jalen Jones, WR Desmond Cox, DE Marquez Massey, LB Darian Hill, DB Elijah White and DB Hunter Moix.

This game will play a huge roll in how the remainder of the Class 7A playoffs are played. A very good team will have their season ended this Friday night, and that is a shame because both have the capabilities of going all the way.

Pick: Conway by 2

Will Class 6A be an 'All-South' quarterfinals again this year?

About the only way can see that not happening is for Jonesboro to defeat Texarkana.

Texarkana obviously represents the very stout 6A South conference, but Jonesboro holds the No. 1 seed in the 6A East conference, and their three losses each come from Class 7A teams this year.

The Golden Hurricaine will be led by QB Moe Malugen, RB Zac Brooks, RB Demarques Johnson, WR P.J. Bookout, T Javin Puntry, DE Trip Crawford, LB Brad Shearin, and LB Terrence Greer.



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