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MENA -- Arkadelphia proved that seeding is just a number Friday night as the No. 5 seed from the 4A-7 conference scored 34 unanswered points against 4A-1 conference No. 1 seed Mena to advance to the second round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.

Braeden Thomas completed 11 of 23 passes for 151 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown on nine carries for the Badgers (8-1).

Jaishon Davis rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Mena (6-4) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Arkadelphia scored the game's final 34 points.

Max Montgomery finished 18-of-41 passing for 168 yards and an interception for the Bearcats.

The Badgers will travel to Warren Friday night.

McGehee 42, Bismarck 20

MCGEHEE -- Bismarck (3-8) may have gotten on the scoreboard first, but McGehee (9-0) used a big second half to end the Lions' playoff run.

Ian Smith found Braven Golden for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Lions an early 7-0 lead, but the Owls hit on a 60-plus yard quarterback dive to get on the scoreboard, pushing out to a 14-7 lead at the break. McGehee added four more touchdowns in the second half.

"We knew we were getting a tough team," said Bismarck head coach D.J. Keithley. "They were the top seed out of their conference, and that's one of the top conferences in the state. ... I'm just proud of our guys. They came out and fought."

The Lions scored their second TD early in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run from Braden Efird before Smith had a 20-yard pick-six for their final score.

Keithley said that the Lions found themselves in the red zone several times without reaching the end zone, but "things just didn't go our way."

"For the first time for us to the playoffs against a good team like that, I'm very proud," he said.

McGehee hosts Lincoln Friday.

Des Arc 40, Mount Ida 22

DES ARC -- Jack Kearby rushed for three touchdowns to help lift the Eagles (11-0) past Mount Ida (4-7).

Kearby's longest score of the night was a 58-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Luke Morton tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Brayden Pickrell.

Morton also added a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the second.

Des Arc hosts Bigelow Friday.

Malvern 54, Trumann 0

MALVERN -- Cedric Simmons completed 13 of 15 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and gained another 118 yards on the ground as Malvern (6-5) routed Trumann (6-6).

Jacobe Hart had 14 carries for 83 yards and three touchdowns for the Leopards, and Dante Reed added seven catches for 85 yards.

Malvern travels to Shiloh Christian Friday.

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