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Playoff time arrives

By Staff, 11/8/21 10:36 AM

After a whirlwind high school football season, playoff time has arrived with the first round of the state playoffs Friday night.

This year, the Arkansas Activities Association isn’t allowing just any team in the playoffs as was done last year because of COVID and just the top five conference finishers will be playing post-season football.

It should come as no surprise the AAA didn’t do Prescott any favors as the Wolves won’t be getting a bye in the first round. Only two teams are getting byes for the first week of the playoffs, Hoxie and Charleston. The Wolves finished the regular season with a 10-0, 7-0 record, averaging 50 points per game.

The final standings in the 5AAA conference show the Wolves on top, followed by Glen Rose at 7-2, 6-1; Jessieville at 6-3, 5-2; Centerpoint at 7-3; 4-3; Bismarck, 6-4, 3-4; Genoa Central, 4-6, 2-5; Fouke, 2-8, 1-6; and Horatio, 3-7, 0-7. Genoa, Fouke and Horatio will be starting their basketball season while the rest enter the playoffs.

As to the first round of the playoffs, the upper bracket shows Hoxie with a week off. Cedarville will host Atkins, McGehee entertains Walnut Ridge, Perryville travels to Melbourne, Prescott hosts Lakeside, Bismarck goes to Hackett, with Lincoln heading to Newport and Paris hosting Riverview.

The lower bracket sees Charleston with a bye. Centerpoint heads to Oceola, West Fork goes to Harding, Jessieville travels to Rison, Booneville entertains Salem, Manilla hoss Danville, Harrisburg travels to Harmony Grove and Glen Rose will host Pine Bluff Dollarway.

The Wolves should have at least two home games in the playoffs. Prescott should have little trouble with the Lakeside Beavers as the visitors come in with a 3-7 overall record and a 3-4 record in conference play.