There's a full slate of high school football action on tap tonight with all five Phillips County high schools scheduled for action as the gridiron campaign enters its third week for the public schools and the mid-way point, or pivotal fifth week for the area's private schools.

The Central Cougars, 2-0, travel 35 miles into St. Francis County to take on the Forrest City Mustangs. Barton, 1-1, plays host to the Hazen Hornets at Frank McClellan Field. Marvell , 0-2, journeys to McCrory to tangle with the Jaguars. DeSoto, 0-4, returns home to Sam Howe Field with an encounter with the Tunica, Mississippi Academy Blue Devils. And it will be a battle of the un-beatens when the Park Place Christian Academy Crusaders, 5-0, visit Marvell Academy, 4-0.

There's a full slate of high school football action on tap tonight with all five Phillips County high schools scheduled for action as the gridiron campaign enters its third week for the public schools and the mid-way point, or pivotal fifth week for the area's private schools.

The Central Cougars, 2-0, travel 35 miles into St. Francis County to take on the Forrest City Mustangs. Barton, 1-1, plays host to the Hazen Hornets at Frank McClellan Field. Marvell , 0-2, journeys to McCrory to tangle with the Jaguars. DeSoto, 0-4, returns home to Sam Howe Field with an encounter with the Tunica, Mississippi Academy Blue Devils. And it will be a battle of the un-beatens when the Park Place Christian Academy Crusaders, 5-0, visit Marvell Academy, 4-0.

Central will be looking to keep its perfect record in tact Friday as they attempt to corral the Mustangs at Forrest City. The Cougars rolled over the Marianna Trojans 40-6 at Marianna last Friday evening. Jordan Watson, Armonie Calhoun and Tyler Sheard were among the Cougars that crossed the goal line.

Forrest City, 1-1, blew away Dollarway 30-0 last week but fell to the West Memphis Blue Devils, opening night. The Mustangs finished fourth in the 5-A East a year ago, posting a 6-5 record overall. They dropped a 41-36 decision to Hot Springs Lake Side in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Mustangs won last year's meeting with Cougars by a 25-21 score at Cad Polk Stadium.

Barton's Bears enter tonight's game against the Hazen Hornets with a 1-1 record, having soundly defeated the Marvell Mustangs, 62-20, opening night and falling to a tough Cross County squad, 36-19 last Friday.

Hazen, 0-2, lost to Clarendon, 34-30 last Friday and dropped a 20-6 decision to Piggott, the previous week.

Barton and Hazen did not play each other in 2015.

The Hornets are coming off a campaign in which they advanced to the third round of the playoffs before falling to Conway Christian, 34-30.

The winless Marvell Mustangs, 0-2, will take on the defending Class 2A champion McCrory Jaguars at McCrory. The Jaguars are also winless so far this season, having lost to Des Arc 36-8 and Sheridan 35-0.

McCrory defeated Rison 26-22 for the Class 2A championship back in December.

In last year's meeting, the Jaguars dominated the Mustangs, 52-0.

Marvell has lost to Barton 62-20 and the Augusta Red Devils, 44-14.

Entering the fifth week of the private school gridiron campaign, the DeSoto Thunderbirds, 0-4, are in the unusual position of still seeking their first victory. This week, the T-Birds take on the Tunica Academy Blue Devils, 1-2. Marshall Academy crushed Tunica 60-7 last week and Strayhorn punished the Blue Devils, 41-8 the previous weekend.

Tunica Academy's lone victory came at the expense of Memphis Catholic, 12-6 opening night.

DeSoto did score their only touchdown in a preseason scrimmage against the Blue Devils.

When the Park Place Christian Academy Crusaders and the Marvell Academy Eagles meet Friday night they will both be putting their perfect records on the line.

Marvell Academy got a solid offensive performance from Austin Miller, who rushed for 226 yards on 26 touches in a 40-24 win over Humphreys Academy. He also passed for 62 yards and tossed a touchdown strike. On defense, Cole Young had two tackles and two quarterback sacks while Bud Parker nailed three tackles.

All games are set to kick-off at 7 p.m.