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Charleton and Booneville Both Advance With Quartefinals State Playoff Wins

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The Booneville Bearcats and the Charleston Tigers both one quarterfinals games in their respective sides of the 2022 Class 3A state football playoffs last Friday.

Booneville traveled almost five hours across the state to play the Osceola Seminoles in the state quarterfinals. The Bearcats overcame both the long trip and the Seminoles to advance to this week’s state semifinal round with a 35-20 win at Osceola.

The Charleston Tigers, playing at home for the third consecutive week in the playoffs, demolished the Newport Greyhounds by the score of 48-6. Charleston will play in the semifinals on Friday.

The road odyssy will continue for Booneville this Friday when they travel to northeast Arkansas to play the Melbourne Bearcatz. Booneville, after winning their first round game at home over Junction City, has now made trips to Smackover and Osceola, and will travel at least one more time to Melbourne. A Bearcats win at Melbourne will put Booneville in the championship game in Little Rock on December 10.

Charleston will make its first road trip of the playoffs on Friday when the Tigers travel to Rison for a state semifinals game. A win this week at Rison will also put the Tigers in the championship game at War Memorial Stadium on December 10.

So, it will be Bearcats vs. Bearcatz in Melbourne, and Wildcats vs Tigers in Rison on Friday to advance to a December 10 date for the chance to win it all in Class 3A. The semifinals’ “battle of the cats” will surely be intense battles between four great teams.

RNN Sports will be in Rison on Friday to bring our readers coverage of Charleston / Rison semifinal game. Watch for updates this week on both semifinals match-up on RNN’s online website at residentnewsnetwork.com

Good luck to all of the teams…but here is hoping for a Booneville vs. Charleston championship game next week!

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Jim Best
Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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