With a playoff berth already clinched, the Central Cougars' next mission is to improve their seeding for postseason action. With a 4-1 record in the 5A Central, the Cougars have a chance to do just that. Central last appeared in the playoffs in 2011.
Returning to the friendly confines of Cad Polk Stadium for Senior Night, Central will take on the Little Rock Christian Warriors, 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the 5A Central.
Central is coming off an impressive 43-6 victory over the North Pulaski Falcons in which quarterback Curley Brewer ran for four touchdowns and passed for another. It was the Cougars' third consecutive win.
Brewer was not a one-man team. He received plenty of offensive help from the likes of Devonte Herrod, who raced 53 yards for a score on the Cougars' second offensive play of the game. Later in the contest, Anthony Lewis hauled in one of Brewer's passes for another score.
Defensively, the Cougars didn't yield a touchdown all night. North Pulaski's lone TD came on a 45-yard interception return.
Little Rock Christian lost to Jacksonville last Friday by a score of 42-21. The Warriors and Cougars appear to be headed in opposite directions with Little Rock Christian suffering its third straight defeat last weekend.
It appears the Warriors are headed for their fourth consecutive year without a playoff appearance. In 2012, Christian finished 3-5, tied for fifth in the 8-team 5A Central Conference. However, the 2013 Warriors are experienced with 13 returning starters – seven on offense and six on defense.
On their home turf last year, the Warriors nipped the Cougars 17-12.
They say never, never wake a sleeping Bear. The Bald Knob Bulldogs, 2-6, 1-4, are desperately hoping that's not what the Episcopal Wildcats did last Friday evening when they upset the then No. 3 (AP) ranked Barton Bears, 25-19 in what was a very entertaining high school football game.
Cameron Anderson put up two touchdowns rushing for the Bears and Chajobie Fulcher added another. But, the Bears kept shooting themselves in the proverbial foot with penalties and turnovers. Barton gave up the football on six occasions – four on fumbles and two on interceptions.
Bald Knob defeated Rose Bud, 36-27 for the Bulldogs' second win of the season. Previously, they had lost four straight games.
The Bulldogs last appeared in the playoffs in 2011. They finished 2012 at 3-7, sixth in the 8-team 2-3A Conference. Bald Knob has a strong sophomore class and has 11 returning starters – five on offense and six on defense.
Barton won big at Frank McClellan Field in 2012 by a 41-27 score.
It's a big game for the Bears who need to return to their winning ways in hopes of achieving home field advantage status in the early rounds of the playoffs.
Page 2 of 2 - This Friday, the Marvell Mustangs get another shot at ending a lengthy losing streak when they travel to Clarendon to take on the Lions, 0-8, 0-5. The Mustangs also are winless in the 6-2A Conference. It could make for an interesting football contest.
Last Friday, England soundly thrashed the Clarendon Lions, 63-12. The Mustangs lost to the Carlisle Bison by a respectable, 13-0 score.
The Lions last appeared in the playoffs back in 2011. Their 2-8 record placed them seventh in the conference. The Lions currently have seven returning starters on offense and five on defense.
Clarendon won big at Marvell last year, 54-14.
All kickoffs are set for 7 p.m.