After much consternation as to how the Class 3A football playoff brackets would be formed and which non-qualifying teams across the state would elect to participate in play-in games due to COVID justifications, the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) has released the 2020 state playoff bracket. The bracket is contained below in a tweet by Charleston Tiger Football. To view the bracket, just click on the blue link within the tweet.
Among the highlights in the bracket, the non-qualifying schools (schools who did not traditionally qualify for a playoff position in seeds 1-5) who have chosen to participate in November 13’s play-in games are: Hackett, Walnut Ridge, and LR Baptist Prep. Hackett will play at Mountain View, Walnut Ridge will play at Lakeside, and Baptist Prep will play at Corning.
In the first round of the tournament, Booneville, a one seed in the tournament, will play the winner of the play-in game between Hackett and Mountain View on November 20. Also on November 20, Hoxie awaits the winner of the play-in game between Walnut Ridge and Lakeside. The Newport Greyhounds will play the winner of the play-in game between Baptist Prep and Corning.
In addition to those games played on November 20, the rest of the 3A bracket will begin play. Locally, the Paris Eagles will host the Salem Wolverines from 3A-2. If Paris wins this game, they will play the winner of the first round game between Greenland and Perryville.
In 3A-1, the Charleston Tigers, the number one seed from their conference, will play the Mayflower Eagles at Alumni Field. If Charleston defeats Mayflower, the Tigers will play the winner of Glen Rose and West Fork.
Resident Press will have more playoffs analysis on Sunday, November 15. So football fans, get ready to enjoy great state playoffs football that will end with the crowning of a new state champion in Little Rock on December 19th!
And Resident Press will be there with you, all the way to War Memorial Stadium and the Class 3A state championship!