Cats Fall to Bryant in Semis


Connor Kendrick

Seniors Jayden Hughes and Lala Smith play their last game as Wampus Cats Friday November 25. The Cats lost to the Hornets in the 7A semifinals.

Dallas Desonie, Sports Reporter

The Conway Wampus Cats saw their 2022 season come to an end Friday night, falling 42-21 to the Bryant Hornets in the 7A State Semi Finals at Bryant. For the third year in a row the Cats fall one game shy of the State Championship game, losing to the Hornets in the semifinals for the second time in three years.

The Wampus Cats opened the 2022 campaign going 5-0, winning four games by 20 or more points before suffering their first loss, falling 35-20 to the Cabot Panthers in Cabot. Conway would bounce back with 3 straight victories before losing to Bryant in the regular season finale.

Conway opened postseason play at home vs the Springdale Har-Ber Wildcats. The Cats made quick work of the Wildcats, advancing to play the Fayetteville Bulldogs in Harmon Stadium, where the Cats saw their season end the year before in the State Semifinals. Conway wouldn’t surrender a single point as the Cats earned a dominating 37-0 victory to advance the 7A Semis for the third straight year. For the second time this season, Bryant proved to be just too much for Conway to handle, falling 42-21 as Bryant advanced to their 5th consecutive title appearance. Conway would finish the season at 10-3 (5-3)

As the season comes to an end, Conway says goodbye to it’s 2023 senior class. The group lead the Wampus Cats to three consecutive state semifinal appearances, something no other class in Wampus Cat history has ever accomplished. Senior linebacker Greyson Allen said “I’ll miss the people and the amazing energy the most, there was always a vibe at practice whether it’s workouts, film meeting, or team practice.” when reflecting on his time as a Wampus Cat.