The Jonesboro Hurricane and the Conway Wampus Cats are two teams that always seem to cross paths during the season and during the post season. Over the past few years, the Wampus Cats have always seemed to come out on top against Jonesboro. The matchup would be just as close as they have been over the past few years but this time the Hurricane would come out on top.
Jonesboro struggled early against Conway. The Wampus Cats jumped out to a 14-0 lead, forcing the Hurricane to play catch up through most of the game. Jonesboro quarterback AJ Aycock would connect with wide receiver Jonathan Adams to cut the lead to 14-7. Aycock sustained a broken collarbone during the course of the action and was out for the game. The job would be Tyson Williams to complete.
After Aycock went down to injury, Tyson Williams would come in and help the Hurricane reach the end zone five times. By halftime the Hurricane had come all the way back to take the lead 27-24. Wide receiver Jonathan Adams was impressive in this match up racking up three touchdowns in the first half alone for the Hurricane. The Hurricane would need everyone one of those points that Adams contributed as well.
Jonesboro would build on its lead coming out of the locker room. Ji’Marcus Bibbs and Jonathan Adams would each tack on another touchdown and the score at the beginning of the fourth quarter would be 41-24 Hurricane. Conway would battle back, with some help from Kip Vanhoose who escaped for a 40-yard touchdown run. Conway would then add another touchdown when Jack Pillow caught a touchdown pass from Parker Teague. The Wampus Cats would close to within three before turning the ball over on downs with about a minute to play. The final score would be Jonesboro 41-Conway 38.
The schedule does not get easier for either team. Conway will play host to Bentonville in what should be a very close contest. Conway and Bentonville are each playoff teams from last season and both want to build some momentum going into conference play. Jonesboro will make the trip to Little Rock to take on Little Rock Catholic. The Rockets are 1-1 after falling to Sylvan Hills in week 1 and defeating Jacksonville in the second week of the season. Keeping momentum going will be key for Jonesboro and the match up against Little Rock Catholic will be a good test for the Hurricane.