It has been years ago but something a high school coach’s daughter told me has been stuck in my brain.
She always knew it was going to be a good Christmas if her dad was still coaching at Thanksgiving.
Alas, none of the North of the River teams will be playing this Friday as only North Little Rock made the playoffs and the ‘Cats were eliminated last week in the 7A quarterfinals at Bentonville.
North Little Rock was the only 7A-Central team to not make the semifinals as Bryant, Cabot and Conway are all still going.
Conway gets it rematch with Bryant, while Cabot is headed to Bentonville for this night of Black Friday football.
Those four teams are a combined 39-5 with Bryant undefeated.
In other games of note, Pulaski Academy will play Little Rock Catholic this Friday at War Memorial Stadium in the Class 6A semifinals, while Little Rock Parkview will be at Joe T. Robinson in the Class 5A quarterfinals. Both games should be dandies despite the forecast of miserable weather.
The four are the only teams left from Pulaski County still in the playoffs but it guarantees a county school will be in the 6A state championship.
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Records: North Little Rock (6-6)
Hootens.com Rankings: North Little Rock ends the season at No. 8 in Class 7A
Last week: North Little Rock lost at Bentonville, 45-0, last Friday to end the season. The ‘Cats were held to nine yards of total offense in the loss.
Class 7A Playoff bracket
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Aug. 26: Little Rock Catholic 23, North Little Rock 6
Sept. 2: Fayetteville 28, North Little Rock 10
Sept. 16: North Little Rock 28, Little Rock Parkview 27 (2 OT)
Sept. 23: North Little Rock 53, Little Rock Central 8
Sept. 30: At Conway 35, North Little Rock 0
Oct. 7: North Little Rock 50, Little Rock Southwest 8
Oct. 14: North Little Rock 28, Jonesboro 14
Oct. 21: North Little Rock 38, Fort Smith Northside 14
Oct. 28: Bryant 45, North Little Rock 14
Nov. 4 Cabot 35, North Little Rock 7
Nov. 11: First round of the Class 7A playoffs | North Little Rock 28, Fort Smith Southside 14
Friday: Second round of the Class 7A playoffs | Bentonville 45, North Little Rock 0
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Class 5A Playoff bracket
Class 4A Playoff bracket