Football Friday Night

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Trumann

Randy Phillips is the new head coach of the Wildcats. He was the DeWitt offensive coordinator the last 5 seasons.

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Brookland

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Westside

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Nettleton

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Jonesboro

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Valley View

  Texarkana’s 102-year-old, bi-state high school football rivalry canceled for 2020

Continued Coverage

Region 8 HS athletes sign to play college sports (2019-2020)

  Brian Reardon takes over as Southside football coach

Arkansas Activities Association preparing to resume sports this fall

  Osceola hires Jamie Carter as new head football coach

  Randy Phillips era begins for Trumann football

  Several NEA standouts win accolades at 2020 All Arkansas Preps banquet

  Debate over Highland School’s ‘Rebel’ mascot leads to petitions

Two petitions have been created over the past two weeks regarding the Highland High 'Rebels' mascot: a petition to change the mascot, and a petition to keep it.

  Cabot WR Marlon Crockett commits to Arkansas State football

He had 1080 receiving yards & 14 touchdowns for Searcy in the 2019 season. One of his TDs came in the 6A State Championship Game

  West Memphis hires Robert Hooks as their new head football coach

Hooks led Osceola to the 3A State Finals in 2018 & 2019. He was 36-7 in three seasons with the Seminoles, winning a pair of 3A-3 championships.

  Cross County football teammates set to play for America’s team

Teammates Triston Daniels, Walter Bowles and Andrew Harris are joining various branches of the military upon graduation

  Searcy names Kenny Simpson as their head football coach

  Jonesboro football in 2nd week of summer conditioning

  ADH releases updated COVID-19 guidelines, more NEA sports in action

  Kavion Alston makes transition from Wynne football to Arkansas State cheer

  Rector making the move to 8-Man Football

  Midland making the move to 8-Man Football

  Josh Watson named new Salem head football coach

He earns the promotion after serving as an assistant coach under Clay Wiggins.

Little Rock Central OL Makilan Thomas commits to Arkansas State

Thomas is 6’3” and 295 pounds. He earned All-Conference honors in 2019.

Former Hog QB Ryan Mallett joins Mountain Home coaching staff

Mallett was an All-SEC QB for Arkansas in 2009 & 2010, throwing for over 3,600 yards & 30 TDs in each campaign.

  Brookland hires Eric Munoz as new head football coach

He spent the 2019 season as Valley View running backs coach along with assisting in special teams. The Blazers had their first perfect regular season in program history and won the 5A East title.

  Arkansas Activities Association cancels remainder of spring sports calendar

The decision also includes State Finals Weekend & AHSCA All-Star Weekend.

Arkansas Activities Association extends dead period through May 30th

We’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the return of high school sports in the Natural State.

  Arkansas Activities Association cancels remainder of state basketball finals

Several NEA teams will be recognized as state champions for reaching the finals.

Wynne alum DeAngelo Williams selected to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Williams, who still holds 10 UofM records, rushed for 6,026 career yards and 55 touchdowns in four seasons. In 2005, he was a Heisman Trophy candidate. His 263 rushing yards in 2004 against USF remain a single-game school record.

Jonesboro LB Marco Avant commits to Arkansas

He transferred to Jonesboro after playing at Forrest City. Avant recorded 83 tackles and 12 tackles for a loss in 2019.

Arkansas Activities Association extends dead period through April 17th

During this dead period, teams aren’t allowed to practice, lift weights together, play games, or travel to competition. Athletic facilities are also closed.

  4A East Regional Tournament Central (Valley View)

We’ll update this page with scores and highlights

  Jonesboro football trio sign letters of intent

Jerrion Green signs with Northeastern State, Jake Harrell signs with Harding University and Jordan Flanigan signs with Lane College

  2020 Signing Day features more NEA football standouts going next level

See who's getting D1, D2, D3, FCS, and NAIA opportunities.

  Jonesboro’s Jashaud Stewart in Landers Award spotlight

Stewart led the state with 17 sacks in 2019. He already racked up 6A Player of the Year honors by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Defensive Player of the Year.

Region 8 represented on All-Arkansas Preps football teams

8 local appear on either the 1st or 2nd team

  Newport awarded 2019 Yarnell’s Sweetest Play of the Year

The Greyhounds beat Marion, Greenwood, Little Rock Central, Har-Ber, & Pine Bluff.

  Wynne junior Terry Wells named Most Outstanding OL at prestigious National Combine

The event features the top underclassmen in the country.

  West Memphis OL Chris Morris competes in Under Armour All-America Game

#51 had some key blocks as Team Pressure won 30-24 in Orlando.

  Harding Academy beats Osceola to win 3A State Championship

The Wildcats beat Osceola 51-26 Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium.

Marion & Newport nominated for the Yarnell’s Sweetest Play of the Year

The state-wide poll closes Monday at 5:00pm. The winning school will receive a trophy, a $1,000 check to their booster club, and more ice cream.

Several NEA coaches & players are finalists for Hooten’s/Farm Bureau Awards

The award ceremony is next week in North Little Rock.

  3A State Championship Preview: Osceola

The 12-1 Seminoles face 14-0 Harding Academy Saturday in Little Rock.

  3A State Championship Preview: Harding Academy

The 14-0 Wildcats face 12-1 Osceola Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

  New Razorback head coach Sam Pittman visited Jonesboro’s Jashaud Stewart

Stewart had triple digit tackles in 2019 en route to earning All-State honors for the 2nd straight season.

  Searcy wins 6A state championship

Lions first state title since 1933

  Osceola & Harding Academy advance, Salem falls on State Semifinal Friday

The 12-1 Seminoles advance to the finals for the 2nd straight season, they will face the 14-0 Wildcats for the 3A State Championship.

  Salem hosts Fordyce in 2A semifinals, Greyhounds a win away from history

Kickoff is Friday at 7:00pm at Greyhound Stadium.

  Osceola a win away from returning to War Memorial, host 3A semis Friday

The 11-1 Seminoles will face 11-2 Camden Harmony Grove.

  Searcy awaits shot at 6A state championship

Lions take on Benton Saturday at War Memorial Stadium

Football Friday Night: Playoff Scores - Highlights - Updated Brackets

Friday night at 10:15 on KAIT - FFN Playoff Edition

  Football Friday Night (11/29/19)

Searcy, Osceola, Harding Academy, and Salem are the NEA teams still alive in the playoffs after Black Friday.

  FFN Quarterfinals Preview: Westside

The 9-2 Warriors make their first appearance in the state quarterfinals.

  FFN Quarterfinals Preview: Melbourne at Osceola

Kickoff is Friday at 7:00pm at Seminole Stadium.

  FFN Playoffs Semifinal Preview: West Memphis

The Blue Devils are in the final four for the 3rd straight season.

Salem/Carlisle state quarterfinal matchup moved to Mountain Home

Kickoff is Friday at 7:00pm at Bomber Stadium.

  FFN Playoffs Quarterfinal Preview: Hoxie

FFN Playoffs Quarterfinals Preview: Hoxie

  Kennett beats Roosevelt 50-14 to advance to Class 3 state semifinals

Indians will host Odessa next week in the Class 3 state semifinals

  Football Friday Night (11/22/19)

FFN airs at 10:15pm on KAIT,, and on the Region 8 News app.

  FFN Playoffs Week 2 Preview: Salem

The 8-1 Greyhounds host Parkers Chapel Friday night.

  FFN Playoffs Week 2 Preview: Osceola

The Seminoles have ripped off 9 straight wins and another 3A-3 title. Greenland comes to town on Friday.

  FFN Extra Point: Melbourne rolls in 3A 1st Round

The Bearkatz won in style at Center Point last week to move to 9-3 on the season.

  FFN Playoffs Week 2 Preview: Westside

The 4A-3 champs will host Hamburg, the Warriors are now targeting their first ever playoff win

  Football Friday Night (11/15/19)

FFN airs Friday at 10:15pm on KAIT,, and on the Region 8 News app.

  FFN Playoffs Week 1 Preview: Valley View

The 10-0 Blazers host Morrilton in the 5A 1st Round.

  Marion wins the Yarnell’s Sweetest Play of the Week (11/7 & 11/8)

The Patriots beat Osceola by 1,075 votes.

  Vote for the Yarnell’s Sweetest Play of the Week (11/7/19 & 11/8/19)

Osceola, Westside, & Marion are this week's nominees. The poll closes Tuesday at 4:00pm.

Brackets revealed for 2019 Arkansas High School Football Playoffs

The postseason kicks off November 15th.

  Football Friday Night (11/8/19)

Watch at 10:15pm on KAIT,, and on the Region 8 News app.

  Football Thursday Night (11/7/19)

Watch at 10:20pm on KAIT,, and on the Region 8 News app.

  FFN Game of the Week preview: Osceola vs. Newport

This clash will determine the conference title and homefield advantage throughout the 3A playoffs.

  FFN Game of the Week preview: Gosnell

Pirates will try for their second conference title in the last three years.

  FFN Game of the Week preview: Westside

Warriors seek first conference championship

  Rector wins the Yarnell’s Sweetest Play of the Week (11/1/19)

Max Ford's TD run beat Salem by 1,044 votes.

  Vote for the Yarnell’s Sweetest Play of the Week (11/1/19)

Salem, Rivercrest, Rector, and Southside are this week's nominees.

  Football Friday Night (11/1/19)

You can watch it at 10:15pm on KAIT,, and the Region 8 News app.

  FFN Extra Point: MacArthur beats Annie Camp in Storm Bowl

The Cyclones finish the season 8-1 and win the 6A East title.

  FFN Game of the Week preview: Salem on facing EPC

The 6-1 Greyhounds look to secure a 2nd straight 2A-3 title.

  FFN Game of the Week preview: EPC on facing Salem

The 6-2 Warriors host 6-1 Salem Friday Night.