Little Rock Southwest was exactly what North Little Rock needed as the ‘Cats rolled past the winless Gryphons, 62-14 and next up is winless Little Rock Catholic, in another game that should be comparatively easy.
Then the strength of schedule takes a real step up as Fort Smith Northside travels to North Little Rock the following week, before the ‘Cats take the short road trips to Cabot and Bryant to complete the regular season.
A playoff trip is assured for North Little Rock but the remaining schedule will determine seeding.
The top two teams in the 7A-Central will get a first round bye, while the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds will get home games on Nov. 12, while the Nos. 5 and 6 seeds will hit the road.
The Nos. 4 and 6 seeds would play a team from the 7A-West in the second round, while Nos. 3 and 5 would get conference rematches then.
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At Southwest, North Little Rock rolled and were up 49-14 at the half. The second half went fast as it was played under the mercy rule.
Junior quarterback Malachi Gober had a short but efficient night, as he threw for 58 yards and two touchdowns on 7 of 8 passing. He also rushed for two touchdowns. Torrance Moore was the team’s leading rusher with 119 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and added a receiving touchdown. Receiver Jiquori Stewart had three catches for 28 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, North Little Rock was smothering as they only allowed eight first downs in the game. Jaylen Pettus had a fumble recovery for a touchdown for the ‘Cats as well.
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Play of the game: North Little Rock’s Torrance Moore bullrushed through the Southwest defense for a 34 yard touchdown run with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter and it was first of his three total touchdowns on the day.
Player of the game: Kicker Devin Jackson was seven of seven on extra point attempts and the blowout was so large, backup kicker Carson Alston saw action and was one of two.
What’s next: North Little Rock (5-1) hosts Little Rock Catholic (0-6) this Friday.
Aug. 27: North Little Rock 38, El Dorado 28 (Scrimmage)
Sept. 3: North Little Rock 58, Springdale Har-Ber 28
Sept. 10: North Little Rock 14, Fayetteville 7
Sept. 17: North Little Rock 41, West Memphis 0
Sept. 24: North Little Rock 35, Little Rock Central 6
Oct. 1: Conway 38, North Little Rock 10
Oct. 8: North Little Rock 62, Little Rock Southwest 14
Friday, Oct. 15: Little Rock Catholic at North Little Rock
Friday, Oct. 22: Fort Smith Northside at North Little Rock
Friday, Oct. 29: North Little Rock at Bryant
Friday, Nov. 5: North Little Rock at Cabot
All games kickoff at 7 p.m. unless noted
7A-Central standingsSchool ... Conf. ... OverallBryant ... 3-0 ... 5-1Conway ... 3-0 ... 5-1Cabot ... 2-1 ... 5-1North Little Rock ... 2-1 ... 5-1Fort Smith Northside ... 2-1 ... 6-1Little Rock Catholic ... 0-3 ... 0-6Little Rock Central ... 0-3 ... 0-6Little Rock Southwest ... 0-3 ... 0-6
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