SPRINGDALE — Matthew Solomon was due some good fortune on a return this season.
Twice earlier in the year he returned two punts for scores, only to look back and see yellow flags laying behind him for penalties that negated the returns.
On Friday night, he gathered Berryville's opening kickoff at his own 15 and zipped down the left sideline. As he raced past the Berryville kicker, he looked back to see if there was any laundry on the field. All the officials flags were still tucked away.
Solomon's 85-yard opening kickoff return was all the spark the Saints needed en route to … Continue Reading ››
Who will take the first snap under center for Rogers High on Friday night will most likely be a game time decision, Rogers coach Shawn Flannigan said. The Mounties host Springdale Har-Ber in the 7A-West Conference opener.
Starting quarterback Cole Evans suffered bruised ribs in last week’s loss to Jefferson City, Mo., but the senior has been practicing this week. Junior Joseph Sultemeier replaced Evans last week and has been getting extra reps at quarterback this week. Sultemeier also starts at receiver for the Mounties.
Sophomore Grayson Lee, who was Evans’ backup at the start of the season, is still sidelined after … Continue Reading ››
Springdale High running back Malcolm Neal has had an impressive first three weeks, ranking fifth in the 7A-West with 234 rushing yards.
The junior showed off his team-best 4.44 40-yard dash on a 51-yard touchdown run against Greenwood for his first varsity score, then ran for a career-high 104 yards on 19 carries against Alma a week later. His 6.5 yards per carry rank fourth among the conference’s top 10 rushers.
Check out a feature on Neal in tomorrow’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Four questions for four writers talking 7A-West football heading into the first week of conference play.
1. How many of the 7A-West’s winless teams (Bentonville, Springdale, Har-Ber) pick up their first victory this week?
Jimmy Carter (Springdale beat writer) — It wouldn’t be a surprise if all three teams win Friday. Southside always gets up to face Barry Lunney’s Bentonville teams, but it would be a shocker if the Tigers faltered again. This is the first time both Springdale teams have started 0-3 … Continue Reading ››