For some reason the number three comes to mind as the Bearcats enter the playoffs in search of a third state title.

They do so after scoring three times in a span of less than three minutes to put away the Maumelle Hornets Friday night in Pulaski County, 47-17.

Friday also marked the third straight week Booneville was involved in a game that was a final home game for a batch of seniors. Booneville was 3-0 in those games, pounding Dover in their own senior night at Bearcat Stadium and spoiling the night for Pottsville and Maumelle.

Pottsville is one of the three seeds who will travel this weekend but in Maumelle’s case, the Hornets will actually get at least one more home game as they will host Stuttgart, the defending Class 4A state champion, in the opening round of the playoffs Friday.

The Bearcats will be home again themselves as well, for their first three playoff games, provided they continue to win.

Friday also marked the third time Booneville took to the turf. Again, they are 3-0 in those games, winning at Ozark, Mena and Maumelle.

Ironically enough, the Bearcats also scored seven touchdowns all three of those games, beating Ozark 49-14, Mena 49-28, and Maumelle 47-17.

More threes? Justin Shackleford had 3 tackles for a loss Friday night and he continues to far and away lead the team with 18 for the year. The second highest is the 7 by Dalton Gray.

Speaking of Gray, he became the fourth different Bearcat defensive player to score a touchdown Friday night when he had a scoop and score — Bryson May, James Ray and Matt Berry were the first three.