Week 1 Storylines

Week 1 of the Arkansas high school football season began Monday, with four games on Labor Day, followed by seven games Tuesday and three games Thursday.

There are 98 games scheduled for Friday night. To check the scores of the 14 games from earlier this week or see the schedule of tonight's games, click here. Scores of tonight's games will be updated periodically throughout the night.

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

  • Charleston extended its winning streak to 16 games Thursday and 4-3A conference foe Booneville will have the opportunity to match that against Ozark. The … Continue Reading ››

Game Recap: Charleston 42, Shiloh Christian 14

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Michael Woods NWA Media -- Charleston quarterback Ty Storey celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against Shiloh Christian on Thursday.
The start to Thursday's game at Mayo-Thompson Stadium could not have gone much better for Shiloh Christian. Austin Connolly sacked Charleston's Ty Storey for an 8-yard loss on the first play of the game, then the Saints marched for a touchdown on their opening possession and a 7-0 lead.

But Storey, who signed a financial agreement with Arkansas recently and will enroll in January, did not let the early … Continue Reading ››

NLR Football Bus Accident

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One of two buses carrying the North Little Rock football team was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 Thursday.

The Charging Wildcats were on their way to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to play Little Rock Catholic in their first game of the 2014 season when the accident occurred.

None of the players were injured, but offensive coordinator Blake Pizan suffered head lacerations and was treated at UAMS.

Alma 28, Poteau (Okla.) 0

Every time Poteau (Okla.) threatened to score, Alma's defense responded in a big way Thursday night at Mayo-Thompson Stadium in Fort Smith.

Thanks to several turnovers and fourth-down stops, the Airedales cruised to a 28-0 win in the final Hooten's Kickoff Classic game of the week.

Alma (1-0) jumped out to a 15-0 lead with 5:58 left in the first quarter, with a touchdown pass from Evan Burris to Heath Friddle, a two-point conversion and a one-yard run by Curtis Lloyd. Lloyd's touchdown came after he intercepted a Poteau pass at the Pirates' 33-yard line.



Poteau (0-1) had … Continue Reading ››

16 7A-West Football Predictions

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Bentonville junior quarterback Kasey Ford.
High school football seasons kicks off today all across Arkansas, so it’s time for some last-second forecasting about how the 7A-West season will unfold.

Here are 16 predictions I think will come true over the course of the upcoming season.

1. The Fayetteville at Bentonville regular-season finale will determine the conference champion.

2. Fort Smith Northside will finish third in the conference, make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and post a winning record for the first time since 2008. … Continue Reading ››

13 Springdale Football Predictions

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Springdale senior receiver Zach Burton.
Springdale kicks off its football season tomorrow with a home opener against Class 6A power Greenwood, so it’s time for some preseason forecasting for the Bulldogs.

Here are 13 predictions I think will come true over the course of the upcoming season.

1. Junior quarterback Fuller Chandler will throw for more than 1,750 yards in his second year as a starter, a significant increase from the 1,110 he passed for as a sophomore.

2. Receivers Chris Owens, Salvador Sandoval and Zach Burton will combine for … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 Football Tidbits

One of the projects I took on this summer (voluntarily, I might add) was to compile the won-loss records for every high school football team in the state since 2001, just to see what interesting information might be revealed.

Why 2001, you might ask? In my mind, it's the beginning of the 21st century. You may beg to differ, but let's save that argument for another time.

Anyway, here are some things I gathered after my project was completed.

• A number of high schools have already reached and surpassed 100 wins during this time, but four more will have the opportunity to … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Adam Thompson

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Springdale senior left guard Adam Thompson.
  Springdale senior left guard Adam Thompson hopes to have a big senior year after making sizable improvements on the field and in the weight room during the offseason.

The 5-foot-11, 253-pounder only weighed 215 pounds in Springdale's regular season finale last year, but has added strength. He graded out better than any other Bulldog offensive lineman in the scrimmages against Shiloh Christian and Booneville.

Check out Thursday's papers for a feature on Thompson.

Is there one lineman in college or NFL you like to watch and model your … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Player Suffers Snake Bite

Rogers High senior Skyler Partain (5-11, 256) was in the mix to earn a starting spot on the offensive line as the Mounties prepared for last week's scrimmage against Little Rock Central. But Partain was sidelined before the scrimmage after being bitten by a poisonous Copperhead snake.

Mounties offensive line coach Rob Bray said Partain is quickly working his way back into the starting mix as Rogers is replacing all five offensive linemen from a year ago. Rogers opens the season Friday at home against Siloam Springs.

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