Fayetteville looked like the top squad at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase through Friday's pool play, finishing a perfect 7-0. And the Bulldogs appeared to be one of the top teams to beat coming out of Saturday's morning session, with easy victories over Van Buren and Rogers Heritage in bracket play.
But one slip up, one off game at the wrong time, can cost you in this tournament. And Fayetteville found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon.
Facing a Harrison team it had previously defeated twice over the summer at other 7-on-7 weekend tournaments, the Bulldogs started slow and couldn't fully … Continue Reading ››
Smith has played on the Saints' varsity for four seasons. Last season he was injured late and missed Shiloh Christian's playoff game and was held out of spring contact drills. He has since been cleared and has participated in all the Saints' team camps and 7-on-7s this summer.
Harrison scored 26 unanswered points to defeat Heritage Hall (Okla.) 26-14 and win the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase Saturday at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.
The Goblins were the only Arkansas team to reach the semifinals, after Charleston, Fayetteville and Little Rock Christian each lost in the quarterfinals.
While several Arkansas teams didn't go as far in the tournament as expected, the Natural State still had a winning record against out-of-state teams.
In pool play, teams from Arkansas went 34-26 against teams from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. They were only 9-9 in tournament play, but still finished the weekend with a winning … Continue Reading ››
SPRINGDALE — There was still plenty of quarterback talent on hand at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase even without the state’s top class of 2016 passer.
Bentonville junior Kasey Ford missed the showcase hosted by Shiloh Christian this weekend because of a summer baseball tournament, but there was nevertheless a wealth of quarterback talent present on Shiloh’s Field Of Champions and Southwest Junior High, including top 2015 in-state quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey.
Darrell Henry didn't stay retired long from coaching.
The former Fort Smith Northside head coach is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren, where he'll begin his second year. Henry accepted an offer from Pointers head coach Brooks Coatney after Henry resigned in 2012 from Northside, where he coached for 11 years.
He was on the sideline with the Pointers Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase … Continue Reading ››
The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase started Friday with pool play. Thirty-two teams from six different states played seven games to determine the seeding of the single-elimination tournament on Saturday.
Fayetteville was the only team to finish the day undefeated, winning pool B. Heritage Hall (Okla.), Wynne and Bixby (Okla.) won pools A, C and D, respectively.
Here's a look at the entire bracket.
Some of the state's biggest prospects are playing in the showcase, including Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady and Wynne quarterback Ross Trail.
There were no handoffs for Dylan Smith and Hekili Keliiliki to take Friday, neither were there any offensive linemen to deliver blocks and provide holes for them to run through.
The world of 7-on-7 football may be suited for offense, but it's not the style of attack that Bentonville's senior running backs prefer.
The duo, who combined for 2,188 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns during the Tigers' state championship run last year, were limited to running routes Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian.
"I don't really do that much," Smith said. "This is for quarterbacks and receivers to work … Continue Reading ››