BRYANT – In a matchup of undefeated teams, someone had to lose and that was the case Friday night.
The undefeated North Little Rock Charging Wildcats stayed perfect as they defeated Bryant, 25-14, on a cold night in Saline County.
The win gives North Little Rock back-to-back 7A-Central conference titles as Cabot remains on the schedule for next Thursday in the regular season finale.
Bryant had entered the game as the No. 1 team in Class 7A according to Hootens.com, while North Little Rock was No. 2 but that will change as North Little Rock, looking ragged, still beat Bryant.
Star running Oscar Adaway missed the game for North Little Rock after being injured last week in the win against Fort Smith Northside. Bryant was also playing without its starting quarterback, who is expected to be back for the playoffs.
North Little Rock was effective through the air on Friday as quarterback David Chapple threw two touchdown passes to Deontae Montgomery, the second was a spectacular grab in the end zone between two Bryant defenders. Chapple also threw a third touchdown to Erion Cooney.
Brandon Thomas also rushed for a touchdown in the win as well.
North Little Rock had three failed two-point conversions in the win.
The game had clear playoff implications as both were in, and both are likely the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds out of the 7A-Central with the both having first round byes. The biggest difference is by losing, Bryant, will likely have a semifinals trip to northwest Arkansas with that winner advancing to the Class 7A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
It is just as likely that North Little Rock and Bryant can meet again then but there’s still games to be played.
North Little Rock beat Bryant twice last season.