Simply put, Sylvan Hills helps it chances greatly for a playoff spot with a victory Thursday over Beebe.
The Bears (5-4) are 3-3 in the 5A-Central along with Little Rock Parkview, whom the Bears defeated last week, 47-21. Pulaski Academy (6-0) and Little Rock Christian (5-1) have the number one and two seeds into the 5A playoffs wrapped up. Little Rock McClellan (4-2) is third right now. A Sylvan Hills’ win coupled with a McClellan victory gives the Bears the fourth seed into the playoffs. Loses by both teams or one team could cause a mess in figuring out the third and fourth spots.
“If we win, we can help ourselves out tremendously,” Sylvan Hills Coach Jim Withrow said. “If we get in a three-way tie, I think we’ll be O.K.”
In the triumph over Parkview (4-5) last week, the Bears jumped out to a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Patriots scored after returning an interception for a touchdown to move the score to 13-7. Sylvan Hills led 20-7 after one quarter and 34-21 at the half.
“We played well and got a few breaks,” Withrow said. “We had some kicking game disasters. I felt like they had a couple of miscues as did we. On the whole, our defense played outstanding the second half and slammed the door on them.”
The Bears piled up 199 rushing yards and were led by Deon Youngblood’s four touchdowns and 141 yards on 29 carries. Ty Compton added two scores and 57 yards on 10 totes. Ryan Lumpkin passed for 39 yards on 4-of-6 passing with Youngblood throwing one touchdown and 45 yards on 2-of-2 attempts.
Brenann Shelton was the leading tackler with eight. Darius Waddell and Payton Terry had six tackles each. Those guys’ performances are crucial Thursday as Beebe likes to run the ball. The Badgers are 4-5 and 2-4, and Withrow says they have been able to move the ball against everybody.
“We have to stop the run and not turn the ball over,” Withrow said. “If we don’t, we may not see the ball. We did a good job with that last week. We have to stop what they are doing and move the ball as well.”