SPRINGDALE — Make that 31 consecutive for the Webb City (Mo.) Cardinals.

Hunter Vanule scored on two 1-yard touchdowns runs in the fourth quarter to give Webb City a 36-26 victory Friday over Springdale Har-Ber at Wildcat Stadium.  Webb City (3-0) hasn't lost since falling 42-35 to Har-Ber two years ago at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.

Despite the loss, Har-Ber displayed a much-improved passing game behind senior Fuller Chandler, who threw four touchdowns in his debut with the Wildcats. Har-Ber kept the game close despite four fumbles, including two that were lost.

Har-Ber took a 26-21 lead into … Continue Reading ››

Rapid Report: Fayetteville 58, Lawton (Okla.) Eisenhower 6

The Purple Bulldogs got off to a near perfect start Friday to their 2015 season, playing solid on both offense and defense right from the start in a mercy-rule whipping of Lawton Eisenhower at Harmon Stadium.

Fayetteville forced a fumble following a sack on the game's second play and was off the the races. The Purple'Dog offense was efficient all night, scoring touchdowns on all eight first half drives.

Defensively, the 'Dogs were nearly as impressive, putting constant pressure on Lawton Ike QB RJ Fisher while never allowing Eisenhower to get a constant run or pass game going. All in all, a strong … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 Storylines

Week 1 of the Arkansas high school football season began Monday, but today marks the first Friday slate of games this year. With 98 games on the docket, plus one game Saturday, here are a few storylines to keep an eye on throughout the night.

Saturday Showdown

The only game scheduled for Saturday is a matchup of two heavyweight teams in the state’s two smallest classifications: Smackover and Junction City.

Junction City is the three-time defending Class 2A state champion and riding a 40-game winning streak. Smackover was the Class 3A state runner-up last year and entered this season as the preseason No. … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Top 5: Teams

Bentonville's Kasey Ford (left) and Fayetteville's Taylor Powell.
Bentonville's Kasey Ford (left) and Fayetteville's Taylor Powell.

High school football season starts today (finally!), which means another year of high-level competition in the 7A-West.

The conference has claimed 10 straight state titles and the league figures to again have multiple contenders this fall. This is a look at the conference’s top players, games and more as September approaches fast. These rankings were made with input from other writers, coaches and players from around the league.

Here’s the schedule for the series.

Monday, Aug. 24 — … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Rogers at Siloam Springs

Rogers' Joseph Sultemeier (left) and Siloam Springs' Matt Downing.
Rogers' Joseph Sultemeier (left) and Siloam Springs' Matt Downing.

Previewing Rogers High at Siloam Springs.

Panther Stadium

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: Season opener for both teams.

On The Air: Siloam Springs — www.siloamspringstv.com; Rogers High KURM-AM 790.

Between The Lines: Rogers senior Sage White switches from slotback to fullback and will form a potent 1-2 punch at the position with Christian Brummett. … Kicker Chris Lopez has a strong leg and has been consistent with kickoffs, field goals and PATs in the preseason. … Junior Max Horton will start at … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Springdale at Greenwood

Springdale's Kyler Williams (left) and Greenwood's Jordan Green.
Springdale's Kyler Williams (left) and Greenwood's Jordan Green.

Previewing Springdale High at Greenwood.

Smith-Robinson Stadium

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.

  • Records: Springdale 0-0; Greenwood 0-0

  • On The Air: Watch via the NIAAA iPhone app or on the Springdale Public Schools YouTube channel.

  • Between The Lines: Springdale’s Zak Clark makes his head coaching debut. … Greenwood scored 49 unanswered points to turn a second-quarter deficit into a 56-26 win at Springdale in last year’s opener, the programs’ first meeting. … Greenwood returns 10 starters, Springdale six. … Greenwood RB Jordan … Continue Reading ››

Preview: Rogers Heritage at Olathe (Kan.) North

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS - 11/14/2014 -  War Eagle's Jake Qualls looks to pass during their playoff game against Central November 14, 2014 at Central High School.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS - 11/14/2014 - War Eagle's Jake Qualls looks to pass during their playoff game against Central November 14, 2014 at Central High School.

Previewing Rogers Heritage at Olathe North.

Olathe District Activities Center

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: Rogers Heritage (0-0, 0-0); Olathe North (0-0, 0-0).

On The Air: KHEL-FM-97.3

Between The Lines: Heritage will be missing starting linebacker Garrett Sheetz and defensive lineman Jed Wilson because of … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 Pick’Em Poll

The staff of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette picks some of the biggest area high school and college football games this week.

Bentonville at KC (Mo.) Rockhurst

CONSENSUS: Bentonville (5-4)

Henry Apple: Bentonville

Paul Boyd: Bentonville

Jimmy Carter: Bentonville

Rick Fires: KC Rockhurst

Andrew Hutchinson: Bentonville

Paul Nielsen: KC Rockhurst

Chip Souza: KC Rockhurst

Vernon Tarver: Bentonville

Graham Thomas: KC Rockhurst


Webb City, Mo. at Springdale Har-Ber

CONSENSUS: Webb City (9-0)

Apple: Webb City

Boyd: Webb City

Carter: Webb City

Fires: Webb City

Hutchinson: Webb City

Nielsen: Webb City

Souza: Webb City

Tarver: Webb City

Thomas: Webb City


Rogers at Siloam Springs

CONSENSUS: Rogers (8-1)

Apple: Rogers

Boyd: Rogers

Carter: Siloam Springs

Fires: Rogers

Hutchinson: Rogers

Nielsen: Rogers

Souza: Rogers

Tarver: Rogers

Thomas: Rogers


Lawton (Okla.) Eisenhower at Fayetteville

CONSENSUS: Fayetteville (9-0)

Apple: Fayetteville

Boyd: Fayetteville

Carter: Fayetteville

Fires: Fayetteville

Hutchinson: … Continue Reading ››

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