Blake Faulk ran for 250 yards and scored 4 touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a mercy-rule win in a third-round home playoff game Friday night.

The Tigers (12-1), winners of 12 straight games, led 14-0 and 20-7 before taking the game over behind a powerful ground game that compiled 398 yards on a rainy, cold night.

Prairie Grove will host Arkadelphia next week in a Class 4A state semifinal game. Arkadelphia knocked off No. 1 Dardanelle on Friday.

Rapid Report — Fayetteville 31, Bentonville 21

BENTONVILLE — Fayetteville senior defensive lineman Rhiver Ewing scooped up a fumble and ran 42 yards for a touchdown to snap a 14-14 tie, and the Purple'Dogs went on to post a 31-21 victory over Bentonville in a Class 7A state playoff semifinal game Friday at Tiger Stadium. The win sends Fayetteville (11-2) to next week's state championship game in Little Rock against Springdale Har-Ber, which routed Fort Smith Southside in the other semifinal. It also ends Bentonville's string of five straight state championship appearances. Ewing picked up the loose ball after Eli Hale sacked Bentonville quarterback Kasey Ford, then picked up … Continue Reading ››


Springdale Har-Ber defeated Fort Smith Southside 37-7 Friday to advance to the Class 7A state championship game in Little Rock.

Har-Ber (11-1) will face Fayetteville, which defeated Bentonville 31-21 in the other semifinal game. Har-Ber beat Fayetteville 47-43 when the teams met in conference play at Wildcat Stadium.

Luke Hannon rushed for 194 yards and quarterback Fuller Chandler scored on three touchdown runs gainst Southside. Noah Hayward also returned a fumble recovery 83 yards for a touchdown.

Har-Ber grabbed a 28-0 lead after beating Southside 38-0 in conference play.

Pick’Em Poll – Week 13 (Playoff Round 3)


Jimmy Carter: 135-45 overall, 9-6 last week

Henry Apple: 129-51 overall, 10-5 last week

Paul Nielsen: 126-54 overall, 9-6 last week

Chip Souza: 126-54 overall, 8-7 last week

Vernon Tarver: 122-58 overall, 9-6 last week

Rick Fires: 120-60 overall, 8-7 last week

Graham Thomas: 114-66 overall, 9-6 last week

Paul Boyd: 114-66 overall, 8-7 last week

Andrew Hutchinson: 112-68 overall, 9-6 last week

Fayetteville (10-2) at Bentonville (10-1) CONSENSUS: Bentonville (5-4)

Jimmy Carter: Bentonville

Henry Apple: Bentonville

Paul Nielsen: Fayetteville

Chip Souza: Fayetteville

Vernon Tarver: Bentonville

Rick Fires: Fayetteville

Graham Thomas: Bentonville

Paul Boyd: Bentonville

Andrew Hutchinson: Fayetteville

Fort Smith Southside (8-4) at Springdale Har-Ber (10-1) CONSENSUS: Har-Ber (9-0)

Star City (9-3) at Prairie … Continue Reading ››


Another year, another milestone.

Springdale Har-Ber handed coach Sandy Wright her 500th career victory with a 58-44 win over Van Buren on Saturday. It was the season-opener for Har-Ber, which placed three players in double figures.

Wright hopes to build another winner at Har-Ber after losing eight seniors from a team that finished 20-10. Three of those players were starters, including forward Bailey Schalk and guards Paige Redmond and Carlye Bohannon, who are both playing in college this season. Schalk was a three-year starter who decided not to continue her basketball career in college.

Caroline Hornor and Brynn Braswell are the two seniors … Continue Reading ››

Another look — Bentonville 28, North Little Rock 21

Bentonville's defense had a reason to be tired Friday night. North Little Rock's offense wound up with 82 plays and kept the ball for more than 34 minutes in its Class 7A state playoff quarterfinal game at Tiger Stadium, but the Tigers' defense found its second wind at the right moment. Bentonville didn't give up another yard after North Little Rock had a first-and-10 at the Tigers 13, and that allowed the Tigers to hang on for a 28-21 victory. "Our defense stepped up at the end," Bentonville coach Jody Grant said. "We talked to them on that fourth down and told them … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Springdale 51, Mountain Home 31

Devon Young scored a team-high 10 points to lead a balanced Springdale offense, but the Bulldogs’ efforts on the defensive end were what keyed a 51-31 win over Mountain Home in their home opener.

Senior guard David Carachure added eight points for Springdale (2-0), one of four players to score eight or more. But he really made his mark on the defensive end, holding Mountain Home go-to guard Howie Wehmeyer, who scored a game-high 15, to just four points in the second half, denying the ball and playing the passing lanes for steals or playing great one-on-one defense when Wehmeyer did … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Springdale 54, Mountain Home 47

SPRINGDALE — Kierra Lang finally started playing basketball without her knee brace in early November.

The reason was simple.

“Coach (Erin Gatling) made it strong enough to where I thought that I could take it off and play without it,” said Lang, who has battled patella injuries the last two years. “Once I let let loose with that, I really got to get into rhythm and get confidence back.”

Lang’s quickness was evidence. So was her confidence, especially when she hit a corner 3-pointer with 1:39 left that put Springdale up for good as it clawed out a 54-47 home win over Mountain … Continue Reading ››

RAPID REPORT: Springdale Har-Ber 20, Conway 17

Springdale Har-Ber survived a major scare in a playoff game Friday after beating Conway by 30 points in Week 3.

Tyler Blackston scored on a 37-yard pass play with 1:07 left to play to give Har-Ber a 20-17 victory over Conway at Wildcat Stadium. Har-Ber (10-1) advanced to the state semifinals at home against Fort Smith Southside, which surprised Cabot 35-25.

Blackston also scored on a short touchdown run for Har-Ber, which fell behind 17-13 to Conway in the fourth quarter. Har-Ber regained the lead oN its final drive of the night, when Blackston scored on a pass over the middle from … Continue Reading ››

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