Three 4A-1 teams — Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge and Shiloh Christian — are in the final four of the 4A playoffs. It's the first time in Arkansas history that three teams from the same conference have reached the state semifinals from Class 4A and below.
Click here to check out the feature in today's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Welcome to the latest installment of ARPreps.com's Tweets of the Week.
If this is your first time to check out this feature, then here's the skinny: To save you all time, we comb through all the best tweets from high school players and coaches in Northwest Arkansas and compile them all here for your reading enjoyment.
This week's Tweet of the Week comes from Prairie Grove running back/safety Anthony Johnson, who added a slight dig into his birthday wishes for Pea Ridge quarterback Jakota Sainsbury:
CENTERTON — A high school basketball team whose most experienced player is the coach's son is a rather common sight to see.
Hayden White is no exception this year, but he receives that label by default. That's because the junior guard came over from Gravette with his father Greg, who will coach Bentonville West's boys basketball team in its inaugural year.
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CENTERTON — Patience has become Randy Richardson's mantra as Bentonville West's girls begin their inaugural season.
Richardson, a long-time assistant at Bentonville High, would love nothing more than to have the high-intensity practices that he grown accustomed to while he was with the Lady Tigers. But with no seniors on this Lady Wolverines and nobody with varsity playing experience, he's having to change his philosophy somewhat as his young players grown into his new system.
Averaging more than seven yards per run, Prairie Grove didn’t need to pass much to defeat Gosnell 48-26 at Tiger Stadium on Friday.
When senior quarterback Zeke Laird did drop back to throw, he was effective and efficient by completing 10 of 14 passes for 147 yards and touchdowns to three different receivers.
Of course, senior speed demon Isaac Disney is a weapon (3 receptions, 40 yards, 1 touchdown), but tight end Demarkus Cooper proved to be just as dangerous and difficult to tackle. The Tigers’ 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior tight end finished with three grabs for 82 yards and a touchdown.
DARDANELLE — The numbers Connor Reece put up Friday night were staggering, but he did it in only half the allotted time.
Shiloh Christian's senior quarterback, however, completed 18 of 21 passes for 427 yards and six touchdowns and guided the Saints to a 49-28 victory over Dardanelle in Class 4A state playoff quarterfinal action at Keenan Field.
Reece hit five different receivers, with a trio of receivers hauling in five passes apiece. Both Jake Nelson and Jaret Russ surpassed 100 yards receiving, while Russ, Broc Berus and Blake Thomson each had two touchdown catches.
The Cyclones (11-1) punched their ticket to the 6A championship game with an impressive win over the Panthers (8-5).
This will be the first time that Russellville has reached the state finals and the first time the school has won 11 games in a football season.
The Cyclones face Greenwood (12-0), who gave RHS its only loss of the season, a 27-24 decision at Greenwood.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3 at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.
Fayetteville moves on to the state finals, and adds another notch to its rematch belt over Bentonville.
The Purple'Dogs took complete control of this Class 7A state semifinals clash in the third quarter and just about dominated the entire second half Friday at Harmon Stadium in their 46-21 win against the Tigers. At one point, Fayetteville (11-1) reeled off 29 unanswered points, as defense and special teams set the tone while offense was on a roll.
Trey Coulter blocked three kicks - Yes, three (two PATs and a punt) and Fayetteville's D-Line took away Bentonville's strong rushing attack that was so effective … Continue Reading ››