LINCOLN — Bobby Catt and Eli Lopez each scored two touchdowns to lead Prairie Grove to a 42-16 victory at Lincoln. The game was played with a running clock in the second half after Prairie Grove took a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Prairie Grove will host Lonoke in a first-round playoff game on Friday at Tiger Stadium.

Greenbrier 52, Vilonia 19

Greenbrier clinched the No. 2 seed from the 5A-West with a convincing 52-19 win over rival Vilonia at Don Jones Stadium.

The Panthers led the entire game, but didn't score until their second drive. After its offense threw an interception inside the red zone, Greenbrier's defense recovered a fumble and marched down the field for the first score of the game, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Karson Matthews.

Vilonia was forced to punt on the ensuing possession and Austin Porter returned it 95 yards to put Greenbrier up 12-0.

It looked like the Panthers were going … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High To Hold Benefit Auction For Sr. Football Player

ROGERS — The Rogers High football team will hold a silent auction for Mounties senior Jackson Carter before Friday's 7A-West Conference football game against Springdale High at Whitey Smith Stadium.

Carter is currently in a Texas hospital battling Leukemia and is expected to undergo a bone marrow transplant soon. Proceeds from the silent auction will help offset Jackson’s medical bills.

One of the top items in the auction was provided by former Mounties offensive lineman Lee Ziemba. Ziemba was a four-year starter at Auburn and was on the Tigers 2010 National Championship team before going on to play in the NFL.

Ziemba donated … Continue Reading ››

Siloam Springs Could Be In Interesting Situations

Talk about the game inside the game.

That's what Siloam Springs' football team could face Friday night with its game at Russellville.

Siloam Springs (3-6, 1-5 7A/6A Central) can earn a No. 2 playoff seed with a win, which would give the Panthers a 2-1 mark against 6A schools. Russellville (2-7, 0-6), on the other hand, needs to win by 3 or more points in order to force a three-way tie and earn a playoff berth, which would eliminate Siloam Springs from postseason play.

It will make things very interesting if it's a really close game Friday night. Follow me as I take … Continue Reading ››

Week 10 Storylines

Barton got things started with a 30-14 win over Rose Bud on Tuesday and Week 10 rolls on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday's slate features 49 games, followed by 53 games on Friday, all of which can be found on our Week 10 scoreboard. Scores will be updated periodically throughout the night.

Here are some story lines to keep an eye on during Friday's games.

Wild, Wild (7A) West

Nine conferences across the state have essential conference title games in the final week of the regular season, but none have a situation quite like the 7A-West.

Four teams currently sit atop the standings, with … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Jessica Salas

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Springdale senior Jessica Salas.
Springdale High senior Jessica Salas is heading into the 7A state cross country meet fresh off a fourth-place finish at the 7A-West Conference meet last week.

Salas, Springdale’s top runner, ran a 19:42.8 at the conference meet and hopes to record a top-five state finish while bettering the personal-record 19:35 she ran at the event last year. She won her season-opening meet at Shiloh Christian.

Check out a feature on Salas in Thursday’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

If you could run cross country at any … Continue Reading ››

Week 10 Springdale Football Notes

Springdale coach Shane Patrick.
Some pre-Rogers High game notes.

  • Last game of the year for both teams. Winner avoids a last-place conference finish. Rogers is a seven-point favorite, per Hootens. But the majority of people in this week’s NWA Media poll will pick Springdale to win. Obviously neither of those will really matter Friday night.

  • Should be a high-scoring game. Rogers has the worst pass defense (182.3 yards per game) in the conference. Springdale quarterback Fuller Chandler leads the conference with 2,098 yards. Springdale has the worst run defense … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Basketball Primer

Bentonville guard Malik Monk.
It’s finally November and high school basketball is only a few weeks away.

Here’s an early school-by-school breakdown of 7A-West boys teams as season openers get closer.



2013-14 Record: 19-6 Conference: 12-2 (T-1st) State: Semifinals

Returning Starters: 3

Key Returnees G Malik Monk, Jr., 6-3 (22.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 70 3-pointers) F Tyler Robinson, Jr., 6-4 (5.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 60.4% FG) F Daniel Head, Sr., 6-3 (2.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 55% FG) F Ben Smith, Sr., 6-9 (4.6 … Continue Reading ››

Roundtable: Previewing The 7A-West’s Huge Week 10

Fayetteville quarterback Taylor Powell (left) and Bentonville quarterback Kasey Ford.
Four questions for four writers breaking down a pivotal week 10 in the 7A-West.

1. Fort Smith Northside and Fort Smith Southside wasn't viewed as a high-stakes game at the beginning of the year, but is now a huge showdown with a lot on the line. Who you got and why?

Jimmy Carter (Springdale beat writer)Southside has the best defense in the conference, but Northside’s is also very good and has several playmakers, which doesn’t bode well … Continue Reading ››

Conference Championship Scenarios

NOTE: This is not a post about playoff seeding possibilities. It only looks at conference champion possibilities. If there is a three-way tie in which head-to-head match ups still yields a three-way tie, then all three are considered conference champions (and the No. 1 seed is determined by a tie breaker). However, if there is a tie atop of the standings and the head-to-head match ups yield a clear champion, then that team is considered the conference champion (and will also earn a No. 1 seed in the playoffs). For a complete breakdown of all playoff scenarios, click here.

The … Continue Reading ››

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