SPRINGDALE — Derrick Wise threw two touchdown passes and had an interception for Fort Smith Northside (4-7) in Friday’s victory over Springdale Har-Ber (7-4).
Wise finished the game 10-of-17 passing for 112 yards, and added 78 yards runshing for the Grizzlies, who will travel to 7A-Central champion North Little Rock next week.
“We’re young and we’re improving and that’s what we want,”Northside Coach Mike Falleur said.
Northside’s defense did not allow Har-Ber to get much of anything going offensively. The Wildcats played without starting quarterback Grant Allen, who was on the sideline in street clothes with an injury. Northside, which last won a playoff game in 2014, dominated the second half, holding Har-Ber to 68 total yards and 194 for the game. The Grizzlies took the lead midway through the third quarter, driving 65 yards in 8 plays, capped by Jackson King’s 9-yard scoring run. The big play on the drive was a 33-yard double pass from Wise to Jajuan Thorne to James Clayton to the Har-Ber 19.
In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies sealed the victory when Wise found Dilworth on a crossing pattern in the end zone with 7:48 left.