Dog Days 2015: Gentry’s Jake Faulkenberry

Check out Thursday’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette for more on Jake Faulkenberry and the Gentry Pioneers.

At A Glance

Jake Faulkenberry

Gentry

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Class: Senior

Notable: Started on both offense and defense for the Pioneers. … Caught 22 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. … Completed a reverse pass for 43 yards against West Fork last season. … Recorded 48 tackles and forced a fumble from his safety spot as a junior. … Will also play some linebacker this season in certain situations.

7A-West Top 5: Linebackers

Bentonville's Brandon Atchison (left) and Fort Smith Northside's Deontre Hardwick.
Bentonville's Brandon Atchison (left) and Fort Smith Northside's Deontre Hardwick.


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 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Splits Scrimmages

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SPRINGDALE — Undermanned Springdale High went 1-1 in scrimmage action Tuesday night, losing 16-0 to Russellville before rebounding with a 21-14 win over host Shiloh Christian.

The Bulldogs were without five injured starters — offensive lineman Steffan Bonilla, defensive end Isaiah Nichols and receivers Kyler Williams, Cole Malugen and Nick Parchman — then lost starting tight end Dylan Bible to an ankle sprain early in the Shiloh game. Williams, Bonilla, Nichols and Parchman should be fine moving forward. Bible said he would be back by the season … Continue Reading ››

Conaway sees positives in Tuesday scrimmages

Shiloh Christian showed plenty of flash Tuesday night in dual scrimmages against Class 6A Russellville and Class 7A Springdale High.

But Saints coach Jeff Conaway was more interested in seeing his team improve on the basics as they focus their attention on the regular season opener Tuesday against Charleston in Reynold Razorback Stadium.

"I think just blocking and tackling," Conaway said when asked what areas his team needs to improve on. "At this stage we're not great. We're not at the point we need to be at yet, but we'll get better at that. Those are things we can improve on quickly."

The … Continue Reading ››

Dog Days: Gravette Jackson Soule’



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

Profile

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

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

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 ››

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