501 Football Playoffs Update: 18 teams head into second round

The second round of the high school football state playoffs kick off Friday across the state.

Eighteen teams from the 501 survived their respective first-round matchups to continue on their quest for a championship.

In the 7A, Cabot travels to North Little Rock for a rematch of a Week 9 classic. Two weeks ago, Cabot went into to North Little Rock and stunned the Charging Wildcats, leading the game into the fourth quarter. North Little Rock came from behind to take the lead, 28-21. Cabot scored in the final seconds and decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win. The North Little Rock defense held, and the Charging Wildcats won, 28-27.

Bryant travels to Har-Ber. The Hornets are averaging 35 points per game in their last seven games. Conway makes the trip to the top-seeded Fayetteville Bulldogs. The Wampus Cats rushed for 466 yards in their first-round win over Rogers, and will look to keep the ground game chugging along in Northwest Arkansas.

Searcy and Benton have a tough challenge ahead of them this week. Both teams hit the road to take on the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds out of the 6A East. Benton travels to top-seeded Jonesboro, and Searcy travels to Pine Bluff.

In the 4A, Heber Springs, winner of the 2-4A, is fresh off a bye week to host Shiloh Christian. Central Arkansas Christian travels to Prairie Grove, the winner of the 1-4A.

In the 3A, Bald Knob is set to host its second-straight playoff game as Centerpoint comes to town. Bald Knob and its high flying offense put up 40 points on Perryville a week ago. Haskell Harmony Grove stunned top seeded Mountain View last week, and the Cardinals travel to Atkins this week. Harding Academy, the defending 3A state champions, plays host to Newport.

In the 2A, two 501 teams — both in the 5-2A conference — remain. Conway Christian travels to Mount Ida. The top ranked and undefeated England Lions will play host to Hackett.

The full slate of playoff matchups containing 501 teams* can be found below:

Cabot at North Little Rock
Bryant at Har-Ber
Conway at Fayetteville

Searcy at Pine Bluff
Benton at Jonesboro

Forrest City at Pulaski Academy
Little Rock Christian at Batesville
McClellan at Wynne

Shiloh Christian at Heber Springs
Central Arkansas Christian at Prairie Grove
Southside at Robinson

Centerpoint at Bald Knob
Elkins at Glen Rose
Haskell Harmony Grove at Atkins
Newport at Harding Academy

Conway Christian at Mount Ida
Hackett at England

*501 teams listed in bold.