18 Nov Nineteen 501 teams advance to second round of playoffs
Nineteen teams from the 501 are still in the hunt for football glory in the AAA high school football playoffs.
In the 7A, Bryant is fresh off a bye and will play host to Fayetteville, who made it all the way to the 7A championship in 2014. After shutting out Fort Smith Northside, 35-0, North Little Rock hits the road to defending champion Bentonville. Cabot hosts Fort Smith Southside after enjoying a bye in the first round. Conway, who beat Springdale 42-7 last week, will now travel to Springdale to take on the 7A West’s top seed, Har-Ber.
Benton is the lone 501 team left in the 6A. After a first-round bye, Benton plays host to El Dorado in the 6A quarterfinals.
Five 501 teams remain in the 5A playoffs. Little Rock Christian, Pulaski Academy and Hot Springs Lakeside will each host games in the 5A quarterfinals this week. Little Rock Christian will face Wynne, Pulaski Academy takes on Hope and Lakeside plays host to Little Rock McClellan. Greenbrier travels to Batesville, a nemesis that has given the Panthers fits in the playoffs in recent history.
In the 4A, Fountain Lake has another home playoff game this week after beating Dollarway 42-6 last week. The Cobras will host 7-4A conference foe Arkadelphia. Fountain Lake beat Arkadelphia, 35-13, back in Week 6. Central Arkansas Christian downed Malvern in the first round and will host Gosnell this Friday. Little Rock Robinson travels to Pea Ridge.
Episcopal and Glen Rose are both on the road this week in 3A (at Rivercrest and Hoxie, respectively). Harding Academy remains at home, this week taking on Centerpoint.
Three 501 teams remain in the 2A playoffs. England hosts Mountainburg after a dominant 71-12 win over Union Christian Academy in the first round. Magnet Cove and Conway Christian both hit the road this week. Magnet Cove travels to Des Arc, while Conway Christian will be at Junction City.
Ten members of this year’s 501 Football Team remain in the hunt for a ring.
Week 2 Playoffs Schedule (501 teams)
Fayetteville at BRYANT
NORTH LITTLE ROCK at Bentonville
Ft. Smith Southside at CABOT
CONWAY at Har-Ber
El Dorado at BENTON
Wynne at LR CHRISTIAN
Hope at PULASKI ACADEMY
LR MCCLELLAN at HOT SPRINGS LAKESIDE
GREENBRIER at Batesville
4A Round 2:
Arkadelphia at FOUNTAIN LAKE
Gosnell at CENTRAL ARKANSAS CHRISTIAN
LR ROBINSON at Pea Ridge
3A Round 2:
LITTLE ROCK EPISCOPAL at Rivercrest
GLEN ROSE at Hoxie
Centerpoint at HARDING ACADEMY
2A Round 2:
Mountainburg at ENGLAND
MAGNET COVE at Des Arc
CONWAY CHRISTIAN at Junction City
(501 teams listed in uppercase.)