As the regular season was winding down a few weeks ago, Springdale was pretty much on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. The Dynamos dropped three consecutive Eastern Conference games and faced a must-win situation during their regular-season finale against Greensburg Central Catholic. They won that game and earned the No. 11 seed in the Class 1A bracket. Now, Springdale (6-5) faces another huge test this week.
Following a 50-44 first-round win over Carmichaels last week, the Dynamos find themselves set to meet No. 3 Jeannette (10-1) for the second time this season. They will play the Jayhawks on Friday night at Franklin Regional. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Jeannette shutout Springdale, 48-0, back on Oct. 7. The loss ultimately started the team's three-game skid before that final regular season game.
Against Carmichaels, quarterback Sammy Carey put on a show by completing 9 of 11 passes for 230 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a score on a 6-yard run. Josh Harmon also caught three touchdown passes from Carey. Star running back Ben Sowinski rushed for 138 yards and two scores. Sowinski leads the team with 12 touchdowns, while Harmon follows with 10 scores.
The winner of Springdale and Jeannette will advance into semifinals and meet the winner between Rochester (10-0) and Imani Christian (5-5).