7A-West Top 5: Receivers

Fayetteville's Tyson Morris and Springdale Har-Ber's Trey Smith.
Fayetteville's Tyson Morris and Springdale Har-Ber's Trey Smith.


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 … Continue Reading ››

dog days: prairie grove’s dakota hutchison



For more on Dakota Hutchison, check out Friday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Dakota Hutchison

SCHOOL: Prairie Grove

CLASS; Senior

HEIGHT: 5-8

WEIGHT: 210

POSITION: Linebacker, guard

NOTABLE: Three-year starter for Tigers, who finished 7-4 last season …. Will start at outside linebacker and guard. … A 4.0 student who hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon after completing his education.

_ Rick Fires @ nwarick

update: berus shines in Shiloh Christian scrimmage



Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway came away from Tuesday's controlled scrimmages pleased with his team's performance, especially on offense

The Saints hosted both Class 6A Russellville and Class 7A Springdale High on Tuesday at Champions Stadium. The scrimmages consisted of two 10-minute quarters. The Saints lost 14-7 to Russellville in the opening segment, and 21-14 to Springdale in the section session.

Junior Broc Berus, a transfer from Oklahoma whose father, Chris, is the new defensive coordinator at Shiloh, was impressive for the Saints. Berus split time in the backfield with returning junior John Marcus Carruthers. Berus … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

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