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Here is an inside look at the top high school football games across the state of Arkansas this week (Oct. 16).

Photo by Jimmy Jones

Conway vs. Fort Smith Northside – Friday

It’s been a wild start to conference play for Conway, beginning with a two-point loss to North Little Rock and most recently a three-point win over Cabot. The Wampus Cats enter averaging nearly 40 points per game and are looking to beat Northside for the fourth consecutive season. Outside of a loss to Bryant, the state’s top team, Fort Smith Northside has been dominant through five games. Future Texas A&M defensive back Dreyden Norwood quarterbacks the Grizzlies.

Har-Ber vs. Bentonville West – Friday

After an 0-4 start, Har-Ber appears to have turned a corner. The Wildcats have taken down their past two opponents by a combined 56 points. Sophomore running back Hudson Brewer has stepped up for the Wildcats, rushing for 164 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over Springdale. Bentonville West has started conference play with consecutive wins as it tries to keep pace with Bentonville. Sophomore Braden Jones came up big for the Wolverines last week in their three-point win over Rogers, finishing with eight tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup.

Rogers vs. Springdale – Friday

It’s been a roller coaster of a season for Springdale. After a shutout win over Rogers Heritage to open conference play, the Bulldogs have lost two in a row to drop their record to 2-4. Springdale has had two defenders make big statements with their play this season. Andre Sparks had 14 sacks as a junior and has followed it with 6.5 sacks through six games this year. Fellow senior Travon Westbrook leads the Bulldogs in tackles to go with three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Rogers started the season with three wins but lost last week against Bentonville West after a 20-day layoff because of cancellations. The Mountaineers enter averaging 42 points per game.

West Memphis vs. Jonesboro – Friday

Following a loss to Conway in Week 3, Jonesboro had 20 days off before starting conference play. The Golden Hurricane have come back with two wins and will look to keep pace with Searcy and El Dorado this week. Junior quarterback Rykar Acebo threw for 420 yards and five touchdowns in last week’s one-point win over Pine Bluff. West Memphis comes in scuffling, having scored 22 points over the past two weeks. The Blue Devils have won four in a row against Jonesboro in the series and will need to continue that if they hope to contend in 6A East.

Marion vs. El Dorado – Friday

Marion has had its struggles this season on both sides of the ball while navigating one of the state’s toughest schedules. The Patriots grabbed a much-needed conference win over Sylvan Hills two weeks ago with senior running back Brandon Mackey rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown. El Dorado was faced with a 20-day layoff before last week’s game against Sheridan. The Wildcats responded with their best performance of the year, winning 44-13. El Dorado will look for a similar effort from running back Branden Moore following his 117-yard and three-touchdown performance last week.

Searcy vs. Pine Bluff – Friday

Pine Bluff enters having lost three in a row, most recently by a point to Jonesboro last week. The Zebras will need to turn things around against Searcy as they’ve lost three straight in the series by a combined 82 points. After an 0-2 start, Searcy has rattled off four consecutive wins. The Lions have been efficient in the passing game and are averaging six yards per carry. With 27 of their 29 touchdowns this season having been scored by juniors, Searcy looks like a team to watch for the rest of this season and next.

Lake Hamilton vs. Siloam Springs – Friday

It’s been an up-and-down first six games for Siloam Springs. The Panthers followed a Week 1 loss with three consecutive wins before losing the past two weeks by a combined 81 points. Siloam Springs will look to get back on track and hand Lake Hamilton its first loss of the season. The Wolves moved to 5-0 last week with a one-point win over Russellville. Lake Hamilton is averaging 35 points per game despite only 18 passing attempts and one passing touchdown on the season. The Wolves are closing in on 2,000 rushing yards as a team, led by junior Tevin Woodley.

Pulaski Academy at Tyler Legacy (TX) – Friday

This game was a late add to the schedule for the Bruins following the cancellation by Maumelle. The Bruins come in undefeated and have won 15 in a row dating to last season. They’ve scored 31 points or more in each game this season and have won all but one by double digits. Quarterbacks Nolen Bruffett and Charlie Fiser have combined for 26 touchdown passes, and junior Joseph Himon continues to impress as an all-around running back. Tyler Legacy is 2-1 and led by four-star junior running back and national recruit Jamarion Miller.

White Hall vs. Watson Chapel – Friday

Watson Chapel’s lone loss came in Week 3 against Pulaski Academy in a game it trailed by seven points at halftime before getting shut out in the second half. Sophomore quarterback Jabrae Shaw had three touchdown passes last week, twice connecting with Damarion Woodson, and he ran for another score. White Hall enters with two consecutive losses after a 3-1 start. Junior quarterback Matthew Martinez had three touchdown passes in last week’s loss to Pulaski Academy. The two teams are fighting to stay in the upper half of the 5A Central standings.

Monticello vs. Greenbrier – Friday

A rare nonconference game late in the season after Crossett canceled with Monticello and Pea Ridge canceled with Greenbrier. Greenbrier allowed six points in Week 1 but has allowed 30 points or more in four of its past five games and sits at 2-4 overall. Monticello has been strong on offense, led by junior quarterback Stran Smith. He has 12 touchdown passes, with seven of those going to his favorite target, Doerian Allen. The Billies also have been great at taking the ball from their opponents. They’ve intercepted 10 passes through six games, with Jalin Green leading the way with four.