Here's hoping Friday the 13th doesn't come into play as Week 7 of the high school football season finds the Barton Bears hoping to extend a 2-game, 2-3A Conference winning streak. Meanwhile, the Central Cougars want to rebound from a disappointing 35-26 loss at the hands of the Riverview Raiders last Friday.

Here's hoping Friday the 13th doesn't come into play as Week 7 of the high school football season finds the Barton Bears hoping to extend a 2-game, 2-3A Conference winning streak. Meanwhile, the Central Cougars want to rebound from a disappointing 35-26 loss at the hands of the Riverview Raiders last Friday.

The Bears (5-1, 2-1) will be challenging the Bald Knob Bulldogs (3-3, 2-1) at their home pound. Central (5-1,2-1 will host the Lonoke Jackrabbits (2-4, 1-2).

These are just two of the games on tap involving Phillips County high schools this weekend. The other matchups feature Marvell's Mustangs (0-4, 0-3) going head-to-head against the Des Arc Eagles (3-2, 2-1); DeSoto's Thunderbirds (3-3) battling Tunica Academy (7-2, 0-2) in the conference opener for the T-Birds; and Marvell Academy's Eagles (2-4, 1-3) rolling down the highway to Rolling Forks, Mississippi to play the Sharkey Academy Confederates (3-4, 2-2).

Barton pounded the Marianna Trojans into submission, 43-0 at Marianna last Friday. Devon Olloway took it all the way on three separate occasions on runs of 35, 30 and 14, respectively. The Trojans never really mounted a serious threat though they made a couple of defensive stops early in the contest.

The Bulldogs will mount a more serious challenge. Playoff position is on the line for both teams because at this point Mayflower appears to be in the driver's seat as far as the conference championship is concerned. Bald Knob is coming off a 44-14 thrashing of the Episcopal Wildcats – Barton's opponent for homecoming a week from tonight. Like the Bears, the Bulldogs pulled an upset over the Harding Academy Wildcats a couple of weeks ago.

Bald Knob won the 2-3A last fall, posting an 11-1 record. They went undefeated through the regular season and posted a 40-7 win over Perryville in the first round of the playoffs. Their run came to an abrupt end with a second round loss to Centerpoint, 30-21.

The Bulldogs are blessed with an experienced interior line on both offense and defense. However, they lack depth at some of the skill positions having lost some starters to graduation.

Bald Knob won last year's meeting, 34-13.

Central fell short in a see-saw battle with Riverview. The Armonie Calhoun-Keyon Burrell combination worked again, this time for a 50-yard scoring play. Armonie Calhoun, Terrance Calhoun and Sammie Arnett also had touchdowns for the Cougars.

Riverview stunned the Cougar defense with a couple of long scoring plays.

Lonoke fell to Southside Batesville, 28-14 last week. This is a big game for the Cougars who hope to remain in the thick of the 2-4A Conference race. The Jackrabbits were 2-8 a year ago and out of the playoffs.

Central won last year's game big, 47-19.

All games are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.