Conway 20, Cabot 0
Didn't we know this was going to happen?
Conway, forever an early-season threat, accepted six Welcome Wagon gifts from the Cabot Panthers (four fumbles and two interceptions) and christened the 2003 season with its third consecutive season-opening win over Cabot.
Peyton Hillis ran 18 times for 143 yards and capped the scoring off with a 60-yard touchdown run. Kevin Wardlow added 65 yards rushing, including a 20-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0, and a 53-yard touchdown reception from Brandon Solberg.
Fort Smith Southside 23, El Dorado 21
John Thomas was 11-of-20 for 206 yards and three touchdowns and the defending Class AAAAA state champions held off El Dorado, 23-21.
The victory was the 10th in a row for the Rebels, who never trailed and were never ahead by less than 3 points until the final minute. Evan Tiller, Slick Shelley and Sean Penix caught Thomas passes for touchdowns of 25, 17 and 66 yards, respectively.
John Johnson had 122 yards on 22 carries and scored on runs of 31 and 1.
Bryant 43, Warren 20
Bryant spotted the two-time Class AAA state champions a 14-point lead, but scored 30 unanswered points of their own and pulled away to a 43-20 victory over Warren.
In the debut of Bryant head coach Paul Calley, the Hornets got good games out of quarterback Scott Peeler (23 of 37, 317 yards and four touchdowns) and receiver Zach Cardinal, who had nine receptions – two of them for touchdowns – for 118 yards.
Todd Bryan had three interceptions for the Hornets and returned the picks a total of 98 yards. Bryan also booted a 34-yard field goal to give Bryant a 16-14 lead after missing a PAT that would have tied the game.