NLR Football Bus Accident

school bus wreck

One of two buses carrying the North Little Rock football team was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 Thursday.

The Charging Wildcats were on their way to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to play Little Rock Catholic in their first game of the 2014 season when the accident occurred.

None of the players were injured, but offensive coordinator Blake Pizan suffered head lacerations and was treated at UAMS.

Alma 28, Poteau (Okla.) 0

Every time Poteau (Okla.) threatened to score, Alma's defense responded in a big way Thursday night at Mayo-Thompson Stadium in Fort Smith.

Thanks to several turnovers and fourth-down stops, the Airedales cruised to a 28-0 win in the final Hooten's Kickoff Classic game of the week.

Alma (1-0) jumped out to a 15-0 lead with 5:58 left in the first quarter, with a touchdown pass from Evan Burris to Heath Friddle, a two-point conversion and a one-yard run by Curtis Lloyd. Lloyd's touchdown came after he intercepted a Poteau pass at the Pirates' 33-yard line.

Poteau (0-1) had … Continue Reading ››

16 7A-West Football Predictions

Bentonville junior quarterback Kasey Ford.
High school football seasons kicks off today all across Arkansas, so it’s time for some last-second forecasting about how the 7A-West season will unfold.

Here are 16 predictions I think will come true over the course of the upcoming season.

1. The Fayetteville at Bentonville regular-season finale will determine the conference champion.

2. Fort Smith Northside will finish third in the conference, make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and post a winning record for the first time since 2008. … Continue Reading ››

13 Springdale Football Predictions

Springdale senior receiver Zach Burton.
Springdale kicks off its football season tomorrow with a home opener against Class 6A power Greenwood, so it’s time for some preseason forecasting for the Bulldogs.

Here are 13 predictions I think will come true over the course of the upcoming season.

1. Junior quarterback Fuller Chandler will throw for more than 1,750 yards in his second year as a starter, a significant increase from the 1,110 he passed for as a sophomore.

2. Receivers Chris Owens, Salvador Sandoval and Zach Burton will combine for … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 Football Tidbits

One of the projects I took on this summer (voluntarily, I might add) was to compile the won-loss records for every high school football team in the state since 2001, just to see what interesting information might be revealed.

Why 2001, you might ask? In my mind, it's the beginning of the 21st century. You may beg to differ, but let's save that argument for another time.

Anyway, here are some things I gathered after my project was completed.

• A number of high schools have already reached and surpassed 100 wins during this time, but four more will have the opportunity to … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Adam Thompson

Springdale senior left guard Adam Thompson.
  Springdale senior left guard Adam Thompson hopes to have a big senior year after making sizable improvements on the field and in the weight room during the offseason.

The 5-foot-11, 253-pounder only weighed 215 pounds in Springdale's regular season finale last year, but has added strength. He graded out better than any other Bulldog offensive lineman in the scrimmages against Shiloh Christian and Booneville.

Check out Thursday's papers for a feature on Thompson.

Is there one lineman in college or NFL you like to watch and model your … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Player Suffers Snake Bite

Rogers High senior Skyler Partain (5-11, 256) was in the mix to earn a starting spot on the offensive line as the Mounties prepared for last week's scrimmage against Little Rock Central. But Partain was sidelined before the scrimmage after being bitten by a poisonous Copperhead snake.

Mounties offensive line coach Rob Bray said Partain is quickly working his way back into the starting mix as Rogers is replacing all five offensive linemen from a year ago. Rogers opens the season Friday at home against Siloam Springs.

Springdale Football Notes

Springdale coach Shane Patrick in fall camp.
Some pre-Greenwood game notes.

  • The Greenwood game is the first of a two-year deal between the schools. Springdale will open the 2015 season with a return game at Greenwood. Springdale’s nonconference schedule will also include Alma and Bixby, Okla., again next year.

  • Springdale coach Shane Patrick on wanting to schedule Greenwood: “We wanted to step up competition and all. But the other side of it is, we still have the reputation, whether deserved or not, today. We just have a hard time … Continue Reading ››

Monday Night Observations

Staff photo Andy Shupe - Justin Fender, Midland Christian tailback, rushed for 183 yards against Highland on Monday.

The prep football season is officially under way in Arkansas following Monday night's Labor Day action.

The two featured games of the Classic at Reynolds Razorback Stadium saw a pair of blowouts that went to the Arkansas Activities Association 35-point mercy rule by halftime.

Lincoln, an 11-2 team a year ago, was no match for Class 5A Hot Springs Lakeside in a 36-0 loss. The Wolves were outmanned basically everywhere … Continue Reading ››

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