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.
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 ››
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.
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.
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 ››