Southside 24, Springdale 7

FORT SMITH — Daevon Johnson entered Friday night with two sacks this season.

The Fort Smith Southside junior defensive end equaled that number in the first quarter and had nearly tripled it by the end of the evening.

Johnson finished with a career-high 5.5 sacks as Southside’s defense dominated for most of the night in a 24-7 playoff-clinching win over Springdale High on Senior Night.

It was a breakout game for Johnson, who had 14 sacks and earned all-state honors as a sophomore.

“He’s a great pass rusher and people recognize that this year,” Southside coach Jeff Williams said. “I told him before the … Continue Reading ››

RAPID REPORT: HAR-BER 48, FS NORTHSIDE 7



SPRINGDALE — Springdale Har-Ber returned two of its three interceptions for touchdowns as the Wildcats defeated Fort Smith Northside 48-7 on homecoming night at Wildcat Stadium.

With the win, Har-Ber (8-1, 6-0) clinched a share of the 7A-West Conference championship and a first-round bye for the state playoffs. Har-Ber can win its first outright conference title with a win at Rogers Heritage Friday.

Har-Ber scored 28 points in the second quarter with the help of a 33-yard interception return by sophomore Blaze Brothers and a 22-yard interception by senior defensive end David Vowell on a screen pass. … Continue Reading ››

Rapid Report: Fayetteville 63, Rogers High 10

ROGERS — Fayetteville quarterback Taylor Powell threw four touchdown passes and running back Javontae Smith rushed for two more scores as the Bulldogs jumped on Rogers High early and often in a 63-10 victory over the Mounties in a 7A-West Conference game.

Powell was 11 of 12 passing for 131 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 35-3 lead. He finished 18 of 20 passing for 182 yards and four touchdowns.

Fayetteville finished with 247 yards passing as three different quarterbacks completed 21 passes to nine different receivers. Terrance Rock had five catches for 59 yards … Continue Reading ››

Rapid Report: Bentonville 49, Rogers Heritage 6

BENTONVILLE — Kasey Ford hit Kam'Ron Mays-Hunt with a 39-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage, and that set the stage for Bentonville's 49-6 victory over Rogers Heritage in 7A-West Conference play Friday at a rainy Tiger Stadium. Ford added another touchdown pass and ran for two more scores in the first half as Bentonville (8-1, 5-1) built a 35-3 halftime cushion. The Tigers led 35-0 after Ford's 1-yard touchdown run with 4:32 before halftime, but the sportsmanship rule was delayed when Heritage (0-9, 0-6) picked up a 30-yard field goal by kicker Colton Gonzalez with 20 seconds left … Continue Reading ››

Week 9 storylines

The Week 9 Arkansas high school football schedule features 102 games, with all but one (Hector at Bearden) being conference games.

Here are a few storylines to keep an eye on during Friday night’s action.

7A-West Clincher



Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Andrew Hutchinson previews the Fort Smith Northside at Springdale Har-Ber game.

A win would give the Wildcats the No. 1 seed from the 7A-West and clinch at least a share of the conference title. Har-Ber has never won an outright conference championship.

South Arkansas Showdowns

A pair of games in southern Arkansas on Friday feature four teams that are undefeated … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Springdale at Southside

Springdale's Kyler Williams (left) and Southside's Evan Simpson.
Springdale's Kyler Williams (left) and Southside's Evan Simpson.


Previewing Springdale High at Fort Smith Southside.

Jim Rowland Stadium

RECORDS Springdale 1-7, 1-4 7A-West; Southside 4-4, 2-3

ON THE AIR Watch via the NIAAA iPhone app or on the Springdale Public Schools YouTube channel.

BETWEEN THE LINES Southside won 36-3 last year in the programs’ first meeting since 2011, a win that was part of the Mavericks’ 9-3 season and top seed. … Springdale’s defense has made major strides in losses the last two weeks with the … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Siloam Springs at Bryant

Previewing Siloam Springs at Bryant.

Bryant Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Siloam Springs 4-4, 1-4 7A/6A-Central. Bryant 7-1, 4-1.

ON THE AIR Broadcast is live-streamed at siloamspringstv.com

BETWEEN THE LINES Siloam Springs suffered its fourth loss in five games last week with a 42-0 defeat at Greenwood last week. … The Panthers were held to a season-low 88 yards of offense in the shutout loss. Siloam Springs senior quarterback Jordan Norberg has completed 116 of 1196 passes for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 301 yards and a score. … Panthers senior running back Ricky Hughes has rushed for 721 yards on 129 … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Northside at Har-Ber

Northside's Deontre Hardwick (left) and Har-Ber's Luke Hannon.
Northside's Deontre Hardwick (left) and Har-Ber's Luke Hannon.


Previewing Fort Smith Northside at Springdale Har-Ber.

Wildcat Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Northside 4-4, 3-2 7A-West Conference. Har-Ber 7-1, 5-0

ON THE AIR Watch via the free Har-Ber NIAAA app or on the Springdale Public Schools YouTube channel.

BETWEEN THE LINES Tonight is homecoming for Har-Ber, which can clinch a share of the 7A-West Conference championship and a first-round bye for the playoffs. … Har-Ber will face both Northside and Fort Smith Southside in addition to Jenks, Okla. … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Rogers Heritage at Bentonville

Heritage's Garrett Sheetz (left) and Bentonville's Kam'ron Mays-Hunt.
Heritage's Garrett Sheetz (left) and Bentonville's Kam'ron Mays-Hunt.


Previewing Rogers Heritage at Bentonville.

Tiger Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Heritage 0-8, 0-5 7A-West Conference. Bentonville 7-1, 4-1.

ON THE AIR Heritage — KHEL-FM 97.3, www.khel973.com; Bentonville — www.bentonvillehssports.com

BETWEEN THE LINES It’s been all Bentonville in this series as the Tigers have won all seven meetings, including a 42-10 decision last year at Gates Stadium. … Tigers QB Kasey Ford surpassed the 5,000-yard career passing mark last week when he completed 15 of 18 passes for 272 … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Shiloh Christian at Gravette

Previewing Shiloh Christian at Gravitate.

Lions Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Shiloh Christian 5-2, 4-1 4A-1 Conference. Gravette 6-2, 4-1.

ON THE AIR The game is livestreamed at www.shilohsaints.com.

BETWEEN THE LINES The winner of this game has the inside track to the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. … Both teams lost to Prairie Grove by wide margins. … The Saints are coming off a 40-0 shutout win against Lincoln last week, the starters playing less than a half. … Junior QB Connor Reece leads the Saints’ offense, completing 82 of 133 passes for 1,508 yards and 16 TDs with just 5 interceptions. … … Continue Reading ››

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