There were no handoffs for Dylan Smith and Hekili Keliiliki to take Friday, neither were there any offensive linemen to deliver blocks and provide holes for them to run through. The world of 7-on-7 football may be suited for offense, but it's not the style of attack that Bentonville's senior running backs prefer. The duo, who combined for 2,188 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns during the Tigers' state championship run last year, were limited to running routes Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian. "I don't really do that much," Smith said. "This is for quarterbacks and receivers to work … Continue Reading ››
Springdale rising senior receiver Salvador Sandoval could be poised for a breakout senior season after a strong spring semester. Sandoval is one of the best athletes on the team, ranking third in the 40-yard dash (4.57), fourth in vertical jump (32), fourth in shuttle (4.32), fifth in the L-drill (7.06) and eighth in the obstacle course (45.35) during offseason testing. Check out a feature on Sandoval in Thursday’s Springdale Morning News and the rest of the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. Q: Who’s your funniest teammate? A: … Continue Reading ››
FAYETTEVILLE — The scoreboard at Junction City went dark just before the start of the 1999 playoff game against Shiloh Christian. Probably a good thing it did. It couldn’t have kept up with the blur of scoring changes that occurred seemingly every few seconds during the game. Shiloh Christian’s 70-64 win that night is regarded by many as the greatest high school football game ever played in … Continue Reading ››
Pulaski Academy defeated Fayetteville 30-28 to win the 7-on-7 Shootout of the South Saturday afternoon in Little Rock.
Bruins quarterback Will Hefley won the Top Gun Award as the best quarterback in the tournament. Hefley … Continue Reading ››
Ben Mayes, the president of Shiloh Christian School, said Tuesday that more than 40 coaches from more than 20 states applied for the head football coaching position. Mayes said after an exhaustive search, the list of candidates was whittled down to 8, then down to three finalists, then finally one as Jeff Conaway was formally introduced as the Saints' new coach. At Tuesday night's introduction at the school, Mayes stressed repeatedly that Conaway, who was a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh for 4 seasons under former coach Josh Floyd, was "the right … Continue Reading ››
Jeff Conaway, a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian, was named Tuesday as the Saints’ new head football coach. Conaway replaces former coach Josh Floyd, who was hired two weeks ago as the new football coach at Hewitt-Trussville, Ala. Conaway has been the head coach at Greene County Tech in Northeast Arkansas, where he compiled a 26-37 record, including 2-8 last season. The Eagles earned two playoff appearances in Conaway’s six seasons. “After an exhaustive … Continue Reading ››
Now that spring football has come and gone and school is done for the year, let's have some fun and do a little early forecasting with the 7A-West Conference. A quick disclaimer, I reserve the right to change this up a bit once we get a better look at these teams in 7-on-7 drills and summer practices! 7A West Conference 1) Bentonville - The defending champs deserve the top spot until someone knocks them off. There's plenty of talent to replace, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, but even more talent returns. 2) Fayetteville - A quick exit from the playoffs has … Continue Reading ››
2. Don Hutson
Sport: Football Position: Wide Receiver High School: Pine Bluff College: Alabama Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers (1935-45) Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963; three-time NFL champion; two-time NFL MVP (1941-42); eight-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1930s All-Decade Team; NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; jersey No. 14 retired by Green Bay Packers
Hutson is widely considered the first modern wide receiver. When he retired, he held 18 major NFL records.
He still holds the record for most seasons leading the league in touchdowns, with nine, and his record of 99 … Continue Reading ››
4. Dan Hampton
Position: Defensive Tackle
High School: Jacksonville
Professional Teams: Chicago Bears (1979-90)
Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002; Super Bowl XX champion; four-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
Coming out of Jacksonville High, Hampton was an All-American at Arkansas and helped the Razorbacks upset Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl.
While he had an impressive college career, he really made a name for himself in the pros. The Chicago Bears took him fourth overall in the 1979 NFL Draft and he spent the next 12 seasons playing … Continue Reading ››
6. Willie Roaf
Sport: Football Position: Offensive Tackle High School: Pine Bluff College: Louisiana Tech Professional Teams: New Orleans Saints (1993-2001); Kansas City Chiefs (2002-05) Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012; six-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Team
Coming out of Louisiana Tech, Roaf was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the eighth overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft.
He made an immediate impact as one of the game’s most dominant offensive tackles. In 1994, just his second year in the league, he was named First-Team All-Pro. He repeated the … Continue Reading ››