As Southeast Arkansas football teams take the field tonight in the first round of the playoffs, players will be sporting #16 on their helmets in support of Star City linebacker Zack Towers and as a sobering reminder to keep sports in the proper perspective as Towers remains in a Little Rock hospital in the fight of his life. Prior to the Star City and Heber Springs matchup tonight, players, cheerleaders and fans for both teams will release 500 balloons in support of Towers. While fans will be cheering for their individual teams tonight, we’ll all be cheering for Zack Towers and praying for a full and speedy recovery.

The First Round Playoff Schedule:

4-A
Warren (7-3) and Lonoke (6-4) at Warren
Hamburg (6-4) and Ozark (8-2) at Hamburg
Star City (8-2) and Heber Springs (5-4) at Star City
Monticello (5-5) and Pea Ridge (9-1) at Pea Ridge
Crossett (4-6) and Prairie Grove (9-0) at Prairie Grove

3A
Fordyce (7-3) and Horatio (7-3) at Horatio
McGehee (9-1) has a bye for the first round of the 3A playoffs

2A
Rison (7-3) and Walnut Ridge (7-2) at Rison