CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's Jessica Duff previews the first week of high school playoffs with a Class 7A/6A matchup: Rogers vs. Conway.
Ten weeks of regular season have paid off, and it all comes down to the playoffs.
"Well any time you're in the playoffs it's a great thing, and to be at home for a playoff is even better," says Conway head coach Clint Ashcraft.
At 6 and 4, Rogers finished 6th in class 7A-west. They'll face a tough 7-2 Conway team Friday night.
"We've got a lot of guys on the field that run well. I like to think we have good team speed, and I think that has helped us in a lot of games this year."
This is just the 5th playoff appearance for Rogers and the first since 2006. That year the Mounties beat Conway 42-0 on their way to the state finals.
Rogers brings a triple-option threat to the field under quarterback Nick Wary's leadership. It's something that could prove difficult for the Wampus Cats to defend.
"We just have to be disciplined thats the main thing. Be disciplined, have your eyes right, and whatever your responsibility is by their blocking scheme you have to take care of your responsibility."
Conway, on the other hand, boasts a stout offense behind running back Jeff Anderson who has nearly 1,500 yards already this season.
"We have a very good offensive line too, and I think Jeff (Anderson) will be the first guy to tell you that those guys have really opened up a lot of holes for him this year and he's done a good job when they've done that."
Conway hasn't won a playoff game at home since beating Lake Hamilton in 2003. They're hoping to change that stat on Friday night.