Category Archives: Football

DOG DAYS: ELKINS’ BEN HICKS

Vernon Tarver

Vernon Tarver

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Vernon Tarver is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Fayetteville, as well as Farmington and Elkins sports.
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Dog Days: Gravette Jackson Soule’

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the four daily newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. His primary beat is Shiloh Christian. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas.
Chip Souza


Check out more on Jackson Soule' in Saturday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Jackson Soule'

School: Gravette

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200

Class: Senior

Notable: Will start at H-back, inside linebacker, punter and kicker this season. ... Compiled more than 500 yards of total offense in 2014. ... Also starts on the basketball team and is the catcher on the baseball team.

Chip Souza

7A-West Top 5: Running Backs

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.
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Springdale Har-Ber's Luke Hannon (left) and Fayetteville's Luke Rapert.
Springdale Har-Ber's Luke Hannon (left) and Fayetteville's Luke Rapert.


High school football season is getting close to kicking off, 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 … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville tops Greenwood in scrimmage

Vernon Tarver

Vernon Tarver

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Vernon Tarver is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Fayetteville, as well as Farmington and Elkins sports.
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The big takeaway from the Fayetteville vs. Greenwood preseason football scrimmage Monday at Smith-Robinson Stadium in Greenwood was this....

Fayetteville most definitely plans to put the hurry in Hurry-Up offense this season.

The Purple'Dogs needed a little bit of time to rev up the engines and get started, failing to score on their four possessions in the first quarter. But once the offense began to click, the fast-paced, up-tempo attack was off to the races.

In the first half of the scrimmage — the only half which featured varsity vs. varsity the entire way — Fayetteville went on a tear through the Greenwood … Continue Reading ››

Dog Days: Greenland’s Mason Miller

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.
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Check Monday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on Greenland's Mason Miller and the Pirates.

At A Glance

Mason Miller

School: Greenland

Class: Senior

Position: WR/S

Height: 5-9

Weight: 165

Notable: Entering his third year as a starter at receiver and safety. … Led the team with more than 500 receiving yards. … Plans to attend the University of Arkansas and potentially major in engineering after graduation.

7A-West Top 5: Jerseys

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.
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Springdale Har-Ber's Trey Smith (left) and Fayetteville's Taylor Powell.


High school football season is getting close to kicking off, 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 — Jerseys

Tuesday, Aug. … Continue Reading ››

Dog Days: West Fork’s Brayden Burnett

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the four daily newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. His primary beat is Shiloh Christian. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas.
Chip Souza


For more on West Fork's Brayden Burnett, check out the feature in Saturday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

At A Glance

Brayden Burnett

School: West Fork

Class: Senior

Height: 5-11

Weight: 185

Position: LB/RB

Notable: Burnett finished with 97 tackles from his middle linebacker position and rushed for a team-high 598 yards and scored eight touchdowns to earn all-conference honors last season.

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Dog Days: Decatur’s Tyler Riddle

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the four daily newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. His primary beat is Shiloh Christian. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas.
Chip Souza


Check out Friday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on Tyler Riddle and the Decatur Bulldogs.

At A Glance

Tyler Riddle

School: Decatur

Class: Senior

Height: 6-0

Weight: 171

Position: TE/LB

Notable: Caught 7 passes for 152 yards last season. ... Had 39 tackles at linebacker. ... Could also move up to play defensive end this season.

— Paul Nielsen • @NWAPaul

Dog Days: Huntsville’s Sam Roddy

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the four daily newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. His primary beat is Shiloh Christian. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas.
Chip Souza


Check out Sunday's Dog Days feature on Huntsville senior RB/SS Sam Roddy.

At A Glance

Sam Roddy

School: Huntsville

Height: 5-8

Weight: 150

Class: Senior

Notable: Two-way starter for the Eagles. ... Rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown against Green Forest last season. ... Played primarily on defense last season, but will start both on offense and defense this season. ... Is a wood cutter off the field.