Towers’ has condition upgraded from critical to serious

STAR CITY — Star City football player Zack Towers had his condition upgraded from critical to serious condition on Friday.

Towers suffered a head injury during last week’s game and was transferred to the ICU unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital earlier in the week.

Star City, Warren and Monticello all wore No. 16 blue stickers on their helmets to honor Towers.

Star City lost its first-round home playoff game to Heber Springs, 33-7, and finishes the year with an 8-3 record.

Warren 36, Lonoke 19

WARREN — Warren shut out Lonoke in the second half to claim a 36-19 Class 4A first-round playoff win.

Warren (8-3) is the top seed from the 8-4A, but was trailing 19-7 at halftime.

Warren took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run, but Lonoke responded with a touchdown on a fake punt to tie the game.

Before the first quarter ended, Lonoke scored again off a fumbled kickoff return by Warren and added another score in the second quarter for the 19-7 halftime lead.

The Lumberjacks closed the gap in the third quarter when Drake Jones hit Chris Oliver for a 62-yard touchdown pass.

Warren later took the lead in the third quarter on an 8-yard touchdown run by Kilay Cox.

Jones added his second rushing touchdown of the game to makes it 28-19, this time from 2 yards out.

Cox had his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter when he scored from 3 yards out.

Warren hosts Malvern next week in the second round of the playoffs.

Pea Ridge 42, Monticello 0

PEA RIDGE — Monticello was knocked out of the playoffs with a 42-0 loss to Pea Ridge.

The Billies (5-6) fell behind with 3:56 left in the first quarter on Dalton Morgan’s 34-yard touchdown run.

Austin Easterling then hit Daniel Beard for a 60-yard touchdown for a 14-0 Pea Ridge lead with 7:21 left in the second quarter.

Dayton Winn scored on runs of 16 and 9 yards to makes it 28-0. Pea Ridge went into halftime with a 35-0 lead.

Winn added his third touchdown, this one on an 11-yard run with 9:33 to play to cap the scoring.

Fordyce 35, Horatio 8

HORATIO – Despite being the lower seed, Fordyce had no problem moving on to the second round with a 35-8 win over Horatio.

Fordyce (8-3) got two rushing touchdowns from Austin Nutt and quarterback Cole Johnson threw for two scores. He hit Keshaun Crain and Josh Stroud for his two touchdowns.

Brooks Edington added a 1-yard score for Fordyce, which travels to Charleston next week in the second round of the playoffs.