El Dorado coach resigns
El Dorado's Steven Jones resigned as the school's head football coach Friday. The move came a week after the Wildcats fell to Little Rock Christian in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Jones finished with a record of 25-20 at El Dorado, going 5-6 this season. The Wildcats won the 6A state championship in 2021.
Jones joined El Dorado from Junction City where he had a 25-3 record as the head coach. He won the 2018 Class 2A state title with the Dragons.
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Fairview advances in playoffs
JONESBORO -- Down 21-7 early in the second quarter, Camden Fairview (10-2) shut out Valley View (9-3) for the game's final 34-plus minutes and came from behind to eliminate the Blazers and advance to the Class 5A state semifinals. Cardinals quarterback Martavious Thomas finished with three touchdowns -- two passing and one rushing -- while also throwing for 304 yards. Jarvis Reed caught 3 passes for 126 yards for the Cardinals.
This Friday's semifinal games (all starting at 7 p.m.) include the following:
Class 7A - Conway at Bryant; Cabot at Bentonville.
Class 6A - Benton at Greenwood; Pulaski Academy at Little Rock Catholic.
Class 5A - Little Rock Parkview at Joe T. Robinson; Camden Fairview at Shiloh Christian.
Class 4A - McGehee at Harding Academy; Rivercrest at Arkadelphia; Nashville at Elkins; Malvern at Warren.
Class 3A - Melbourne at Glen Rose; Booneville at Osceola; Prescott at Rison; Newport at Charleston.
Class 2A - Mount Ida at Carlisle; East Poinsett County at Hazen.
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Ouachita Tigers eliminated
ARKADELPHIA -- The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, long a small-college standard bearer, were nearly unstoppable as they advanced through the first round of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs with a 47-17 victory over the Ouachita Baptist Tigers at Cliff Harris Stadium on Saturday.
Northwest Missouri junior quarterback Mike Hohensee used nine receivers to complete 23 of 30 passes for 322 yards and 2 touchdowns.
"They are a good football team," OBU Coach Todd Knight said. "They're in the playoffs, and they're in a great league up there. They're a solid football team. I don't want to take anything away from them. They were deserving of the win today. They beat us, but we did some things today that really worked against us." Northwest Missouri has appeared in 18 consecutive Division II football playoffs out of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Association. OBU represented the Great American Conference.
Northwest Missouri (10-2) led 23-3 at halftime and started the second half with an eight-play, 75-yard drive, capped by Hohensee's 5-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Kashan Griffin with 10:41 left in the third quarter.
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Success on the ground
(AP) – Seven players rushed for at least 200 yards in the Football Bowl Subdivision over the weekend, and three of them did it in the same game.
Mississippi's Quinshon Judkins ran 24 times for 214 yards and teammate Zach Evans ran 17 times for 208 in a 42-27 loss to Arkansas on Saturday. The Razorbacks' Raheim Sanders had 232 yards on 24 attempts.
It was the first time there had been three 200-yard rushers in a game since Middle Tennessee's Richie James and I'Tavius Mathers and Florida Atlantic's Devin Singletary each got loose on Nov. 26, 2016, according to Sportradar.
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Nebraska rallies to beat UAPB
(AP) -- Juwan Gary scored 17 points, Blaise Keita had a double-double, and Nebraska rallied in the second half to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 82-58 on Sunday.
The Cornhuskers trailed 39-36 at halftime then shot 57% in the second half, outscoring the Golden Lions 46-19. Keita scored 13 of his 14 points after intermission and finished with 10 rebounds.
C.J. Wilcher had 15 points and Wilhelm Breidenbach 10 off the bench for Nebraska (3-1). Gary had seven rebounds.
Freshman guard Zach Reinhart led UAPB (1-6) with 17 points in 30 minutes of play off the bench. Shaun Doss Jr. scored 12 points, eight below his average.