When the 2014 football season starts there will not be a defending champion in Conference 4A-4.
That’s because Booneville and Maumelle will meet on Friday in Maumelle to determine the 2013 title and the Bearcats will be moving down to Class 3A, while the Hornets will be moving up to Class 5A, for the next two-year playing cycle.
Friday’s season finale in Maumelle presents somewhat of the scenario as was the case when the two schools met to close out the 2012 season, at least for Booneville.
A year ago Booneville needed a win to lay claim to a share of a conference title and earn the one seed. This year the Bearcats need to win to claim an outright title and the one seed.
The Conference 4A-4 champion will host a first round game against the 5-seed from Conference 5A-2. The two seed will also be at home on Nov. 15, hosting the 4-seed from the 4A-2.
The league titlist can host as many as three games regardless the opponent. A win by the two seed is guaranteed only one home game.
With Booneville’s win over Pottsville Friday the Apaches have the 3-seed locked up. The Apaches will be on the road for the first round of the playoffs, visiting the 3-seed from the 2A-4.
The 4- and 5-seeds will be determined Friday when Dardanelle meets Mena. The winner of the game will be the 4-seed and at the 3-seed from the 3A-4 and the loser of that game will travel to the 2-seed from the 4A-8.
In the 2A-4 the Rattlers nailed down the 2-seed with their win in Mountainburg Friday. With the seed, the Rattlers will be at home on Nov. 15, hosting the 5-seed from the 2A-6.
Hector was off last week but has wrapped up the conference’s 1-seed and will host the 5-seed from the 2A-8.
Mountainburg, Hackett, Johnson County Westside or Union Christian will occupy the 3- through 5-seeds.
The 3-seed will host the 3-seed from the 2A-8, the 4-seed will visit the 2-seed from the 2A-8, and the 5-seed will visit the champion from the 2A-5.