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Defense Impresses In Springdale Spring Game

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
Jimmy Carter
SPRINGDALE — Mason Hutchins burst off the edge as the ball was snapped, beating the offensive line and making a beeline for Springdale quarterback Layne Hutchins (no relation).

The Bulldogs’ junior linebacker/defensive end arrived with force, sacking Hutchins for a 9-yard loss and potentially a safety. The play encapsulated two of the main takeaways from Springdale’s second spring game under coach Zak Clark: the defense is well ahead of where it was this time a year ago, while a young, new-look offensive line is still adjusting.

Wanted: Home for Bentonville West game

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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Ah, the growing pains of a first-year football team.

Bentonville West, which begins play next fall, agreed to play a Sept. 9 game against Little Rock Central at War Memorial Stadium. There's just one problem — nobody consulted with Little Rock Catholic about it.

Catholic calls War Memorial Stadium its home field and has top priority over other high schools. The Rockets have scheduled a Sept. 9 home game against Jacksonville, leaving West coach Bryan Pratt and Central coach Scooter Register exploring other options.

Pratt, whose team began spring workouts Monday, said he can't play a Thursday night game that week because his … Continue Reading ››

Springdale: 5 Things To Watch

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
Jimmy Carter
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE First-year Springdale coach Zak Clark watches his players Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, during practice at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium in Springdale.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
First-year Springdale coach Zak Clark watches his players Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, during practice at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium in Springdale.


Springdale kicks off its second spring practice under coach Zak Clark today. The Bulldogs will hold nine practices before their spring game Friday, May 20.

Here are five things to watch over the course of the next four weeks.



  1. OL development




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Pre-spring Springdale Football Notes

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
Jimmy Carter
NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Jayden Minchew (10) and Isaiah Nichols (93), Springdale defenders, celebrate after Nichols helped make a stop against Rogers on Friday Nov. 6, 2015 during the first quarter of the game in Springdale's Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.
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Jayden Minchew (10) and Isaiah Nichols (93), Springdale defenders, celebrate after Nichols helped make a stop against Rogers on Friday Nov. 6, 2015 during the first quarter of the game in Springdale's Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.


Here are some pre-spring football notes.

Springdale Testing Leaders

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
Jimmy Carter
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Erick Mendez of Springdale runs against Rogers Heritage Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in the first half at Gates Stadium in Rogers.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR
Erick Mendez of Springdale runs against Rogers Heritage Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in the first half at Gates Stadium in Rogers.


Springdale recently wrapped up its offseason testing ahead of spring football practice, which starts Tuesday.

Here are the Bulldogs’ top performers in each testing category. Rising sophomores are not included.

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Three schools make Top 15 in MaxPreps Cup standings

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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The defending champion was down in the fall, but it’s not out yet.

Bentonville, who was unranked in the MaxPreps Cup standings when the fall sports were completed, vaulted itself to the No. 6 spot after the winter sports were finished and is within striking distance of winning that title a third consecutive year. The two-time defending MaxPreps Cup champion finished fall sports with state titles in girls tennis and girls cross country and a state runnerup in boys cross country.

Bentonville, fueled by its state championships in boys and girls swimming and its runnerup finishes in boys basketball and wrestling, has … Continue Reading ››

Springdale hires Hobbs as DC

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
Jimmy Carter
Charleston defensive coordinator Brett Hobbs was hired in the same role at Springdale on Friday.

Hobbs is a Springdale alum and played for legendary coach Jarrell Williams before graduating in 2000 and continuing his career at Arkansas Tech. He played against Springdale head coach Zak Clark while Clark was at Fayetteville and then again when Clark transferred to UCA.

As a coach, Hobbs won two state championships in three years at Charleston after previously serving as Van Buren’s defensive coordinator for five years.

“We’ve kept in contact and he has a tremendous work ethic,” Clark said. “He’s a great guy and he’s done … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Bonilla Signs With Hendrix

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
Jimmy Carter
Springdale OL Steffan Bonilla signed with Hendrix on Wednesday.
Springdale OL Steffan Bonilla signed with Hendrix on Wednesday.


Springdale offensive lineman Steffan Bonilla signed with Hendrix on Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony in Bulldog Gym.

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound left tackle took several visits to other schools before verbally committing to Hendrix and coach Buck Buchanan on Jan. 26 after visiting the program in Conway for two days the previous weekend.

“They talked about how the majority of their students don’t have to pay that much (tuition) at all,” Bonilla said. “And … Continue Reading ››

WATCH: Soehner signs with Iowa State

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson


Prairie Grove tight end Dylan Soehner signed with Iowa State on Wednesday. He is believed to the Tigers' first Division I football signee.

ARPreps 2016 National Signing Day

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
Follow along here as we keep you informed where every Arkansas high school football player has signed/committed.

NCAA Division I (FBS)

McTelvin Agim - DL - Hope - Arkansas

Jacob Atnip - OL - Sheridan - Arkansas State

Robert Ator - DL - Pulaski Academy - Air Force

David Beasley - ATH - Pine Bluff - Louisiana Tech

Ben Brasuell - LB - Benton - Arkansas*

Tre Bruce - ATH - Pulaski Academy - Army

Austin Capps - DL - Star City - Arkansas

Justin Charette - K - Pulaski Academy - Ole Miss*

Jacob Clark - OL - Bentonville - Oklahoma State*

Damarea Crockett - RB - Little Rock Christian … Continue Reading ››