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[21 Nov 2014 | One Comment | 19,636 views]
Benton ‘mercy rules’ Parkview, gears up for El Dorado

The Benton Panthers got one step closer to the Class 6A high school football championship game on Friday night by beating Parkview 49-28.
Since Benton was undefeated this season and won the 6A South, the Panthers drew a bye during the first round of the playoffs last week. The team easily handled Parkview tonight, having pulled ahead by 35 points in the third quarter. When a team is ahead by 35 points in the second half, the sportsmanship rule (a.k.a. the mercy rule) kicks in meaning that the clock runs without …

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[7 Nov 2011 | One Comment | 3,242 views]
Benton Panthers make the playoffs

For the second year in a row, the Benton Panthers have made the high school football playoffs.
How did the Panthers get in with a 3-7 record? Because high school football in Arkansas is a bit unique in the way teams are selected for a run at the state title.
In short, there are 16 teams in Class 6A and the conference is further divided into two divisions. In the 6A South — Benton’s division — the top six of the eight teams make the playoffs. Little Rock McClellan and Little Rock …