BENTONVILLE — Football players learn what to do in special teams situations during practice, but they might forget those things in actual games — especially when it's a rare instance.
That's why Springdale Har-Ber coach Chris Wood and his assistants were screaming from the sidelines at Payton Copher to run after Austin Henderson blocked Hayden Moehring's 26-yard field-goal attempt during Friday's game against Bentonville.
Copher, who had the ball at the goal line following a lateral by Blaze Brothers, hesitated for a moment. He then took off and ran the length of the field to give the Wildcats (5-1, … Continue Reading ››
ROGERS — Poor field position and a key turnover kept Rogers High off the scoreboard in the first half and Fort Smith Southside took advantage in a 35-13 win over the Mounties (1-5, 7A-West) in a conference game Friday night.
The Mounties had first half drives start at the 10, 5 and 12-yard lines and a fumble late in the half stopped a drive that had reached the Southside 9 with the Rebels leading 16-0.
Rogers senior Jay Young intercepted a Southside pass at the Mounties goal line and raced 61 yards to the Rebels 39 with just under two minutes left … Continue Reading ››
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Taylor Powell (7) of Fayetteville carries the ball into the end zone against Springdale Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, for a 2-point conversion during the first half of play at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium in Springdale. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see … Continue Reading ››
ROGERS — Fort Smith Northside turned a pair of Rogers Heritage turnovers into quick scores en route to a 29-3 win over the War Eagles in 7A-West Conference football Friday night.
The Grizzlies (2-4, 1-2 7A-West) recovered three Heritage fumbles and senior linebacker Deontre Hardwick accounted for two of them, including a 2-yard score and score in the second half.
Heritage (0-6, 0-3 7A-West) managed just one first down in the first half and got on the board with a 36-yard field goal by Aaron Pavlak early in the fourth quarter.
BENTONVILLE — Payton Copher ran 99 yards on a blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown, and Luke Hannon added a pair of scoring runs as Springdale Har-Ber claimed a 31-21 victory over Bentonville in 7A-West Conference action at Tiger Stadium.
Har-Ber (5-1, 3-0) turned a scoreless tie into a 14-0 cushion in less than a minute. The Wildcats blocked Hayden Moehring's 26-yard field-goal attempt, then Copher took a pitch from teammate Blaze Brothers and ran the length of the field with 8 minutes, 15 seconds before halftime. Brady Patrick then recovered a Bentonville fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Hannon … Continue Reading ››
FORT SMITH — Fort Smith Southside scored on its first three possessions and the Rebels never looked back in beating Rogers High 35-13 Friday night in a 7A-West Conference game at Jim Rowland Stadium.
Southside scored touchdowns on its first two possessions as the Rebels rolled up 119 yards of offense the first 12 minutes of the game en route to a 16-0 lead at halftime. Southside then took command when Rebels quarterback Cooper Johnson hit Randy Rainwater for a 49-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the second half for a 22-0 lead.
We’re at the halfway point of the Arkansas high school football season and the playoff picture is slowly coming into focus. There are still plenty of games to be play, though, including this week’s 103-game slate.
Here are some storylines to keep an eye on during Friday night’s action.
Battle of 7A-West Heavyweights
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Andrew Hutchinson previews the Springdale Har-Ber (4-1, 2-0) at Bentonville (5-0, 2-0) game.
Clark Facing Former Team
When Springdale hosts rival Fayetteville for the 116th Battle of the Bulldogs, Zak Clark will be facing his alma mater for the first time as a … Continue Reading ››