Category Archives: Football

Bentonville hires new head coach

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Bentonville has hired Jody Grant to replace Barry Lunney Sr. as the Tigers' next head coach.

The move is a promotion for Grant, who has helped lead Bentonville to back-to-back state championships as the defensive coordinator.

He had coaching stints at Clinton and Vilonia before coming to Bentonville in 2004. After two seasons at Lincoln Junior High, Grant was promoted to the high school staff.

Last season, the Tigers held opponents to a 7A-West-low 118.6 passing yards. They also ranked second in total defense (262 yards/game) and points allowed (13.7 points/game).

Bentonville Tied For Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

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.
Defending MaxPreps Cup champion Bentonville is in a tie for second place in the 2014-15 standings through the fall sports. Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons is in the lead with 628 points, while Bentonville and Carmel, Ind., both have 580 points. Hindsdale (Ill.) Central and Sioux Falls (S.D) Lincoln round out the top five with 530 and 468 points, respectively. The MaxPreps Cup standings are tabulated by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state (or section level if there is no state competition) finals. Not all sports are recognized in these standings. Points are also weighted, giving … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Hires New Coordinators

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.

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New Springdale High football coach Zak Clark made two big additions to his staff Wednesday.

The Bulldogs hired Fort Smith Southside co-defensive coordinator Leroy Hood as their new defensive coordinator, along with hiring Fayetteville offensive line coach and run-game coordinator Bryant Davis as their co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

“Very excited to add two outstanding coaches at SHS,” Clark said Thursday night. “I've known Leroy for a long time and have admired his work ethic and rapport with kids. He's a guy the kids will be excited to play for. He's earned the opportunity to be a DC and we're excited … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville’s Greenlaw named captain, starter for Team USA

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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Fayetteville standout and Arkansas signee Dre Greenlaw has been named a team captain and defensive starter for Team USA.

He will play in Saturday's U-19 International Bowl against Canada, which can be watched on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. The game will be played at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium in Texas.

Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston are both International Bowl alumni.

The roster lists Greenlaw as a defensive back, but it is uncertain whether he will play safety or linebacker with the Razorbacks.

Greenlaw is the only Arkansas player to participate in this year's International … Continue Reading ››

NLR to forfeit 2013-2014 wins

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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North Little Rock will forfeit 10 football and at least 24 boys basketball wins after using an ineligible player during the 2013-2014 season, according to a release by the Arkansas Activities Association Thursday.

The penalty comes after the high school self-reported the violation.

The basketball wins also include an 89-81 victory over Springdale in the 2014 Class 7A state championship game. North Little Rock has turned its trophy over to the AAA.

The football team reached the 2013 semifinals and lost to Cabot.

It is uncertain whether or not Springdale will be declared … Continue Reading ››

ARPreps 2015 National Signing Day

Andrew Hutchinson

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

NCAA Division I (FBS)

Parker Baldwin - Siloam Springs - ATH - San Diego State

JaMario Bell - Junction City - DE/TE - Arkansas

Luc Bequette - Little Rock Catholic - DT - Cal

Austin Blair - North Little Rock - OL - Louisiana-Monroe

Darveon Brown - Warren - WR - Arkansas State

D.J. Brown - North Little Rock - RB - Northern Illinois

Javier Carbonell - Bentonville - DT - Arkansas State

Damani Carter – Fayetteville – DE – Army

Emmanuel Cooper - Arkadelphia - DL - Memphis

Jaqwis Dancy - Junction City … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas QBs earn Parade All-America honors

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
A pair of Arkansas prep quarterbacks were honored by Parade Magazine on Friday.

Charleston's Ty Storey was named a first-team All-American and Pulaski Academy's Will Hefley was named an honorable mention All-American.

Storey, who is already enrolled at Arkansas, has won a slew of awards, including MaxPreps Small School Player of the Year and Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year, for his play in 2014.

Leading the Tigers to their second straight state title and 29th consecutive win, Storey accounted for 371 yards and five touchdowns in the Class 3A state title game, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 17 seconds left.

The performance … Continue Reading ››

Benton-Washington Co./Hendrix College Football Connection

Paul Nielsen

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Nielsen is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers High, as well as Pea Ridge and Decatur.

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Rogers High linebacker Collin Mayer is scheduled to sign to play football at Hendrix College next week and the former Mounties linebacker will see a lot of local faces when he suits up in August.

The 2014 Hendrix roster featured nine players from Benton (4) and Washington County (5), which was 13 percent of the Warriors roster. Seven of those nine players are underclassmen as only former Rogers High player Casey Caton and former Fayetteville player Graham Senor were a seniors.

Hendrix restarted its football program in 2013 and the Warriors were 6-4 last season

Bentonville’s Lunney Announces Retirement

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.
BENTONVILLE — Barry Lunney has coached his last football game at Bentonville, as well as his career.

Lunney announced his retirement as head coach and assistant athletic director, less than two months after the Tigers won their second consecutive Class 7A state championship at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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He made the announcement — first to his coaching staff, then to his players — Monday afternoon at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

Bentonville’s 24-21 state championship victory over Fayetteville in December capped a 10-year tenure at the school for Lunney, whose teams … Continue Reading ››

All-Star Games In Need Of Geographic Overhaul

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.
"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this ... and totally redeem yourself!" Anybody who has watched the movie "Dumb And Dumber" can just about quote that line. For those who haven't, it's what Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) screams at Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) following a trade of the van for a moped. It's also one of the first things that popped into my mind after I saw the Arkansas Activities Association's announcement for this year's coaching staffs for the All-Star football and volleyball games. How else can you explain why Bryan Ross of … Continue Reading ››