GRAVETTE — Tony Travis was so sure his Pea Ridge football team had a first down that he burned a first-quarter timeout just to get a measurement, even though he already had his offense lined up for a fourth-down play.
The stretch of the chains revealed Travis was right with the nose of the ball just past the first-down marker. The Blackhawks then reached the end zone five plays later and took a lead they never relinquished en route to a 21-19 victory over Gravette during 4A-1 Conference play Friday at Lion Stadium.
ROGERS — Rogers High let another 7A-West Conference game slip away Friday night.
Fort Smith Southside forced a Rogers fumble with 4 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game and the Rebels turned the miscue into a 17-14 victory over the Mounties.
The Rebels march 60 yards in eight plays and scored the game winning touchdown with 1:42 left when quarterback Clay Tyler hit Andrew Barley for a four-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the four. The Rebels scored 17 unanswered points after trailing the Mounties 17-14 at halftime.
Adler Goode's 53-yard touchdown pass from Connor Reece capped a second half comeback as Shiloh Christian ended Prairie Grove's 16-game 4A-1 Conference winning streak.
Prairie Grove (3-2, 2-1) led 14-0 at halftime as Blake Faulk and Eli Lopez scored a touchdown each. But the Saints (4-2, 3-0) drove 64 yards to open the second half, then scored the game's final 20 points.
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Friday night features 106 games across the state, all of which can be found on our Week 6 scoreboard. Scores will be updated periodically throughout the night.
Here are some story lines to keep an eye on during Friday's games.
The 7A/6A classification has two 7A vs. 6A powerhouse showdowns.
In the central, No. 1 Conway travels to Greenwood. The Bulldogs were blown out by Fort Smith Northside in non-conference play, but bounced back with big wins over Russellville. The Wampus Cats will be very similar to the Grizzlies for Greenwood: a top 7A opponent.
Friday’s 115th meeting between Springdale and Fayetteville will be featured as part of the Great American Rivalry Series, an initiative by iHigh.com. Former Springdale coach Jarrell Williams is Springdale’s nominee for the American Rivalry Hall of Fame. Springdale will try to snap its five-game losing streak this year and a five-game skid in the series with the Purple’Dogs.
Fayetteville may very well be the most talented team in the 7A-West. The Purple’Dogs have several Division I players on their roster, most notably Arkansas tight end commit J. … Continue Reading ››
Four writers rank the top half of the 7A-West midway through the season.
Jimmy Carter (Springdale beat writer):
1. Fayetteville: The Bulldogs may very well be the most talented team in the league. Big-time playmakers on both sides of the ball should pay dividends against top competition down the stretch and in the playoffs.
2. Bentonville: The Tigers’ win over Fort Smith Northside could signify a turning point in their season. The running game finally stepped up and took some pressure off Kasey Ford. … Continue Reading ››
Bentonville's boys basketball team has drawn Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler as its first-round opponent at the 42nd annual Culligan City of Palms Classic.
The game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Central time on Dec. 19 at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. Tournament officials announced the field for the 17-team championship bracket and the first-round games last week.
Wheeler had a 29-6 record last year and finished the season as the Georgia Class 6A state runnerup. Its head coach is Doug Lipscomb, who will make his third trip to this tournament in the past eight seasons.
Springdale dropped to 0-5 on Friday as a near-comeback at crosstown rival Springdale Har-Ber was thwarted in a 41-34 loss.
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bulldogs.
1,241 — Passing yards and 11 touchdowns for junior quarterback Fuller Chandler midway through the season after throwing for 339 yards and four touchdowns, both career-highs, at Har-Ber. Chandler had 1,110 yards and 12 touchdowns all last year, but is on track for 2,482 yards this season. He has led the 7A-West in passing yardage after every week … Continue Reading ››