Barton is coming off an impressive and emotional 24-point come-from-behind 58-41victory over their conference arch rivals the Harding Academy Wildcats last Friday night. The Central Cougars are riding a 5-game winning streak after soundly whipping the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs, 50-13 at Cad Polk Stadium.

Barton is coming off an impressive and emotional 24-point come-from-behind 58-41victory over their conference arch rivals the Harding Academy Wildcats last Friday night. The Central Cougars are riding a 5-game winning streak after soundly whipping the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs, 50-13 at Cad Polk Stadium.

Tonight should be an interesting night of football for these two Phillips County schools.

The Bears (4-1, 1-1) travel to Marianna to challenge the Trojans (0-5, 0-2) while the Cougars (5-0, 2-0) journey to Searcy to battle the Riverview Raiders (4-1, 1-1) in what could be the game of the week.

Central is hoping to go 6-0 for the first time since 1983 under then head coach Clinton Gore. They will be challenged by a tough Riverview squad that has only one loss and four overwhelming victories under their belt.

The Raiders dropped a heartbreaking 14-10 decision to Southside Batesville last weekend but previously had pounded Bald Knob, 49-13; CAC, 41-9; Highland 48-6; and DeWitt, 35-6. Coached by Mike Cain, who is 20-26 at the school, the Raiders are led by All-league quarterback Griffin Miller. Last fall, Miller rushed for 787 yards and scored 10 touchdowns while completing 52 of 114 passes for 736 yards, seven Tds and 10 interceptions.

Miller's favorite target is All 2-4A wide receiver J.T. Smith, who caught 23 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns. Leading the ground attack is Dondre Spears, likewise an all-conference performer, who racked up almost 500 yards in total offense in 2016.

Riverview is hungry. They have not been to the playoffs since 2013. They stumbled home to a 4-6 record and a sixth place finish in the 2-4A Conference last year.

Central is riding high on the legs of running back Terrance Calhoun, the throwing arm of quarterback Armonie Calhoun and the deep receiving skills of Kenyon Burrell to break out of the gates undefeated. Terrance Calhoun scored the Cougars first three touchdowns of the night against CAC in a 50-13 rout. The explosive Calhoun's runs were of the long variety – 53, 56 and 44 yards respectively.

Armonie Calhoun ran for a touchdown and passed for another (55 yards) to Burrell. The Cougars dominated from start to finish.

The Cougars won last year's meeting, 38-28.

Barton's Bears appear to be playing at a playoff level going into week six. They took advantage of 5-touchdown performance by Wanya Wilkins and three scores from Bradly Smith to slip out of the noose and salvage a key conference contest in which they trailed by 24 points as late as midway through the third quarter in a game the Barton Bear faithful will never forget.

The winless Marianna Trojans can expect more of the same tonight. Barton won last year's meeting by a lopsided 49-12 margin.

In other games involving Phillips County high schools, Palestine-Wheatley's Patriots (4-1, 2-1) visit Marvell's Mustangs (0-3, 0-2) and the Calhoun Academy Cougars (5-2, 4-1) come to Marvell Academy (1-4, 0-3) to battle the Eagles. DeSoto draws and open date.

All kickoffs are set for 7 p.m.