With the state football playoffs wrapping up and winter sports like hoops heating up, there was plenty to tweet about in Northwest Arkansas over the past week.
A high volume of happenings led to a high volume of great tweets, making more difficult than usual to choose the ARPreps.com Tweet of the Week.
But we were impressed by the sportsmanship shown by Shiloh Christian football coach Jeff Conaway in his tweet to Pea Ridge offensive coordinator Crosby Tuck, a Shiloh Christian alum. This was tweeted after the Saints' season ended with a 30-24 loss at Pea Ridge, which will take on Warren … Continue Reading ››
Congratulations to Graham Thomas, who went wire-to-wire to win our ARPreps.com Football Pick'Em Poll Contest this season. Graham, our writer with the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, was pushed late by Paul Boyd, our man on the Rogers High and Rogers Heritage beats. But Graham pulled away for an impressive victory!
As for the bottom of the standings, Mike Capshaw and Scottie Bordelon were in a heated battle for the cellar down to the last game. Congrats to Scottie for avoiding the dreaded last place spot, barely edging Mike :) !!!
PICK ‘EM POLLFinal StandingsGraham Thomas: 146-63 overall, 11-4 last week
Paul Boyd: 141-68 overall, … Continue Reading ››
Playoff Round 4 Games
Fayetteville vs. North Little Rock
Greenwood vs. Russellville
Pulaski Academy vs. Wynne
Shiloh Christian at Pea Ridge
Warren at Prairie Grove
Glen Rose at Charleston
Newport at Prescott
England at Hampton
Camden Harmony Grove at Mount Ida
Alabama vs. Florida
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Colorado vs. Washington
Wisconsin vs. Penn State
Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
Kansas City at Atlanta
PICK ‘EM POLL Standings
Graham Thomas: 135-58 overall, 9-6 last week
Paul Boyd: 132-61 overall, 11-4 last week
Rick Fires: 130-64 overall, 10-5 last week
Vernon Tarver: 127-67 overall, 11-4 last week
Henry Apple: 125-69 overall, 9-6 last week
Chip Souza: 125-69 overall, 11-4 last week
Scottie Bordelon: 119-75 overall, 9-6 last week
Mike Capshaw: … Continue Reading ››
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
Fayetteville senior quarterback Taylor Powell has already accomplished more than most in his high school playing days. The record holder in Class 7A for career touchdown passes, single season TD passes, single season total TDs accounted for and No. 2 all-time in 7A passing yards, Powell now becomes the first Class 7A quarterback ever the start three state championship games.
More than the numbers, Powell just wants one more win. More importantly, one more title.
Three 4A-1 teams — Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge and Shiloh Christian — are in the final four of the 4A playoffs. It's the first time in Arkansas history that three teams from the same conference have reached the state semifinals from Class 4A and below.
Click here to check out the feature in today's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Averaging more than seven yards per run, Prairie Grove didn’t need to pass much to defeat Gosnell 48-26 at Tiger Stadium on Friday.
When senior quarterback Zeke Laird did drop back to throw, he was effective and efficient by completing 10 of 14 passes for 147 yards and touchdowns to three different receivers.
Of course, senior speed demon Isaac Disney is a weapon (3 receptions, 40 yards, 1 touchdown), but tight end Demarkus Cooper proved to be just as dangerous and difficult to tackle. The Tigers’ 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior tight end finished with three grabs for 82 yards and a touchdown.
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.
DARDANELLE — The numbers Connor Reece put up Friday night were staggering, but he did it in only half the allotted time.
Shiloh Christian's senior quarterback, however, completed 18 of 21 passes for 427 yards and six touchdowns and guided the Saints to a 49-28 victory over Dardanelle in Class 4A state playoff quarterfinal action at Keenan Field.
Reece hit five different receivers, with a trio of receivers hauling in five passes apiece. Both Jake Nelson and Jaret Russ surpassed 100 yards receiving, while Russ, Broc Berus and Blake Thomson each had two touchdown catches.
Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.
The Cyclones (11-1) punched their ticket to the 6A championship game with an impressive win over the Panthers (8-5).
This will be the first time that Russellville has reached the state finals and the first time the school has won 11 games in a football season.
The Cyclones face Greenwood (12-0), who gave RHS its only loss of the season, a 27-24 decision at Greenwood.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3 at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.