ASHDOWN PANTHERS (7-3) @ OZARK HILLBILLIES (7-3)
SITE, TIME: Hillbilly Stadium, 7 p.m.
AT STAKE: Class 4A first round title.
GAME FACTS: The Panthers average 26.2 points and allow 21.8 points per game. Ozark has averaged 35.0 points per game and given up 18.2 per outing. The Hillbillies are the second seed from 4-4A. Ozark averages 92.4 yards passing and 260.5 rushing yards per game.
COACH'S COMMENTS: Ashdown's Matt Richardson "Ozark is a good football team; they're 7-3, also. We're trying to make sure we're prepared and ready to play. We're a good football team, but we've been going through the COVID quarantine issues ourself. We had 23 kids out — 16 being varsity players — and about nine of those won't be back by Friday.
"The key to this ballgame is attitude and effort. We told the kids, 'we have 16 excuses why we won't win, but if we go up there, play hard, give it great effort and have the attitude of we're here to win a ballgame, we've got a chance to win.'
"That's the same thing as in life. If you look for excuses not to succeed, then you won't. If you look for a reason to try hard and give it your best, you set yourself up to be successful. We're blessed that God is allowing us to play an 11th game. There's a lot of teams that haven't been able to play an 11th game."
NEXT ROUND: The winner advances to play either Lamar or Pocahontas.
DREW CENTRAL PIRATES (1-5) @ PRESCOTT CURLEY WOLVES (8-0)
SITE, TIME: Eddie Jackson Field at Cummins Stadium, 7 p.m.
AT STAKE: Conference 3A second round title.
GAME FACTS: The Curley Wolves have scored 417 points, while only allowing 94 this season. The Pirates are on a two-game losing streak and have been outscored by opponents 212 to 86.
COACH'S COMMENTS: Prescott's Brian Glass—"Drew Central is 1-5 but they have a really athletic team. They'll give you some different formations and they also do a good job of pounding the ball off the tackle. They run a Wing-T type offense. They have a bunch of tall, really good looking athletes on both sides of the ball.
"We're going to have to play sharp the entire game. We're going to have to come out with our minds on our business. We have a veteran team but it's been somewhat of a strange year. We had a week off before the first round of the playoffs got cranked up was a little different.
"We fully expect our guys to mentally prepared to play."
NEXT ROUND: Winner will face either Cedarville or Melbourne.
DIERKS OUTLAWS (10-1) @ POYEN INDIANS (10-1)
SITE, TIME: Ayers Field, 7 p.m.
AT STAKE: Conference 2A second round championship.
GAME FACTS: The Indians defeated the Outlaws earlier this season in a non-conference game, 21-12. Poyen beat Cedar Ridger last week, 42-8, while Dierks throttled Mountainburg, 50-0.
COACH'S COMMENTS: Dierks' Jarrod Fannin—"I'm really proud of my guys and all they've been able to accomplish this season. Last week, we scored 50 points and our defense was able to hold them to zero. It was a great all-around team win.
"We played them earlier in the year and they were our only loss on the season. We finally get our second chance with them. It's going to be a fourth quarter football game. They're a very good offensive team.
"We're evenly matched, so I think it's going to come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. Last time we played them, we had three turnovers. It's going to come down to who can take care of the football."
NEXT ROUND: Winner will face either McCrory or Junction City.
FOREMAN GATORS (5-5) @ MAGAZINE RATTLERS (7-2)
SITE, TIME: Shorty Wright Field at Diamondback Stadium, 7 p.m.
AT STAKE: Conference 2A second round title.
GAME FACTS: The Gators look to snap the Rattlers six-game winning streak on the road. Foreman has outscored opponents 272 to 175 this season, while Magazine have edged oppenents 283 to 226.
COACH'S COMMENTS: Foreman's Adrain Ivory — "It's always big to advance in the playoffs. We played Magazine a few years back and it was a really tough game for us, but we were able to come out on top. Those guys are seniors now, so I'm sure they'll be pumped up ready to play.
"Our kids are pumped up and ready to play. I'm happy where we are heading into this contest. It'll be a big game for us.
"We usually travel pretty decent. Our kids are good about getting ready to play whether we're the visitor or at home. I don't think it's a big deal that we're on the road this game. We're going to approach it like we would any other game day."
NEXT ROUND: Winner will face either Fordyce or Clarendon.