Now that Sylvan Hills has faced three of the current top four teams in the 5A-Central, their fate for a playoff spot is clear.
If the Bears (3-4, 1-3) win out, they should make the playoffs. They have already lost to Pulaski Academy and Little Rock McClellan, who lead the conference with 4-0 records. Their other loss is to Little Rock Christian, who is second with Little Rock Parkview, with a 3-1 mark. The Patriots, after losing to Little Rock Christian last week, finish the season with Pulaski Academy, Sylvan Hills and McClellan, respectively.
Though Sylvan Hills lost, 49-21, to Pulaski Academy last week, if the Bears should win their next three games, they can make the playoffs. With Parkview still having to face Pulaski Academy and McClellan, a loss to Sylvan Hills next week could seal the Bears a playoff spot. They travel Friday to winless Little Rock Fair.
“We can’t lose anymore,” Sylvan Hills Coach Jim Withrow said. “For us, the big game is Parkview. We need to clean things up and get ready for next week and can’t overlook this week. We really need to win all three to be safe.”
Against Pulaski Academy, the Bears trailed 28-7 at the half and 42-7 after three quarters. They finished with 116 passing yards and 87 rushing yards. Quarterback Ryan Lumpkin accumulated 115 passing yards on 6-of-9 passing with a touchdown reception to Devantae White. Payton Terry was the leading receiver with 89 yards on two catches. Deon Youngblood was the leading rusher with 101 yards on 17 totes and two scores.
“We just didn’t execute and didn’t play very well,” Withrow said. “We turned the ball over three times and need to take care of the ball better. Defensively, we made some plays and had a couple of interceptions.”
Darius Waddell recorded two interceptions for the Bears and Terry had one. Waddell was also the leading tackler with seven solos and one assist while Terry was next with five tackles.