CLASS 7A Playoffs: Fort Smith Southside’s season ends after late rally falls short

Southside’s season ends with loss in 7A quarterfinals

Fort Smith Southside Mavericks Senior Carter Zimmerman (10) hands off to Senior Amari Tucker (5) during the Fort Smith Southside at Fayetteville state quarterfinal playoff football game at Harmon Field, Nov. 17, 2023, in Fayetteville. (Special to River Valley Democrat-Gazette/Brent Soule)

FAYETTEVILLE -- The tears on the faces of many of the Fort Smith Southside players told the story Friday night.

Moments earlier, the Mavericks had just staged a gutsy and thrilling comeback.