FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fort Smith Southside can’t let go of the 7A-West Conference just yet.

The No. 6 Mavericks, who moved to the Central from the West this season, remain close to their old stomping grounds when they travel to No. 2 Springdale Har-Ber to open the season on Friday night.

The Wildcats defeated Fort Smith Southside twice last season by a combined score of 75-7 — including a 37-7 victory in the Class 7A state semifinals. Har-Ber went on to lose to Fayetteville in the state championship game, but expectations remain high for the Wildcats and coach Chris Wood.

The Mavericks, who face another former West opponent in Rogers Heritage in two weeks before opening their Central schedule, finished 8-5 last season.

No. 2 SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 20, No. 6 FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE 17

(1) Fayetteville 43, Blue Springs (Mo.) 33

(2) Springdale Har-Ber 20, (6) Fort Smith Southside 17

(3) Cabot 27, (9) Pine Bluff 21

(4) Greenwood 33, Fort Smith Northside 24

(5) North Little Rock 34, Maumelle 10

(7) Pulaski Academy 38, Sand Springs (Okla.) 24

Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 17, (8) Bentonville 16

(10) Conway 24, Springdale High 17

CLASS 6A

(1) Greenwood 33, Fort Smith Northside 24

Cabot 27, (2) Pine Bluff 21

(3) Jonesboro 65, Batesville 41 (Tues.)

Bryant 28, (4) Benton 27

(5) El Dorado 20, Camden Fairview 14

CLASS 5A

(1) Pulaski Academy 38, Sand Springs (Okla.) 24

(2) Little Rock McClellan 76, Dallas Parish Episcopal 50 (Mon.)

Jonesboro 65, (3) Batesville 41 (Tues.)

(4) Alma 34, Van Buren 21 (Tues.)

(5) Wynne 24, Marion 21

CLASS 4A

(1) Nashville 30, Hope 23

(2) Warren 55, Little Rock Christian 48 (Tues.)

(3) Central Arkansas Christian 48, Mayflower 27 (Tues.)

(4) Shiloh Christian 33, Elkins 14

(5) Pocahontas 21, Nettleton 14

CLASS 3A

(1) Malvern 24, (1) Glen Rose 23

(2) Charleston 36, Dardanelle 23 (Tues.)

(3) Harding Academy 28, Highland 17

(4) Prescott 23, Star City 20

(5) Smackover 24, Camden Harmony Grove 14

CLASS 2A

(1) England 42, Hamburg 28 (Tues.)

Fordyce 20, (2) Rison 17

(3) Mount Ida 22, Centerpoint 19 (Mon.)

(4) Hector 34, Marshall 13

Sheridan 35, (5) McCrory 0 (Tues.)

Last Season: 329-72 (82 percent)