Because we couldn’t settle on who was more deserving between Greenland’s Austin Anderson and Gentry’s Jon Faulkenberry, both have been named ARPreps.com Athletes of the Week for their performances during a historic game last Friday night.
Anderson and Faulkenberry combined for more than 700 yards and 13 touchdowns in Greenland’s 76-71 victory that ended when Gentry’s five-lateral passes on the final play resulted in a Pirates’ fumble recovery.
Anderson completed 14 of 23 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns while Faulkenberry was 11 of 15 for 297 yards with three touchdowns while also rushing for 170 yards and seven touchdowns on 26 carries.
Counting a kickoff return of 22 yards, Faulkenberry racked up 467 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had five tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass deflection.
Faulkenberry did everything he could in a losing effort while Anderson helped his team to the win, which is why we split the honor between the duo.
Other standouts from the game included Greenland’s Hayden Stout rushing for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries while Chandler Alaniz accounted for 177 yards and three touchdowns on nine touches total both rushing and receiving. Andrew Gallemore was 10 of 10 on extra points.
Peyton Wright had seven catches for 142 yards and also added an interception for Gentry and Garrett Matthews had two touchdown receptions totaling 89 yards and also had an interception. Matthews also was 9 of 9 on kicking extra points. Mason Clark led the Pioneers’ defense with three tackles for loss.
Whew, now that all that’s been noted, let’s take a look at other standouts from the past week:
STEFAN BANDA, BENTONVILLE WEST Caught touchdown passes of 62, 13 and 27 yards in the Wolverines’ win, with the 27-yard touchdown catch giving West the lead for good early in the second half.
LANDON ELLIS, SILOAM SPRINGS Completed 13 of 19 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in 35-21 win over Van Buren.
CODY GRAY, FAYETTEVILLE Had seven catches for 69 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions, including one in overtime, as the Purple’Dogs fell to Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne.
WALTER GREEN, VAN BUREN Rushed for 115 yards and had a 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 35-21 loss to Siloam Springs.
ZACH GALL, ROGERS HERITAGE Caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in Heritage’s loss at Fort Smith Southside.
LUKE GUMM, SILOAM SPRINGS Caught five passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in win over Van Buren.
HUNTER HAWKINS, ROGERS HIGH Scored three touchdowns, including two passing and returned a kickoff 87 yards in the Mounties’ win.
JONAS HIGSON, BENTONVILLE WEST Capped the Wolverines’ string of 27 unanswered points with a fourth-down touchdown run of 15 yards, followed by a 51-yard touchdown run.
LAYNE HUTCHINS, SPRINGDALE HIGH Rushed for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Russellville 31-28 to move to 3-0 on the season.
WILL JARRETT, BENTONVILLE WEST Completed 21 of 27 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in the Wolverines’ 43-35 victory at Muskogee, Okla.
MASON KEENER, CHARLESTON Intercepted two passes and returned one of them 28 yards for a touchdown as the Tigers claimed a 42-28 victory over Ozark.
HUNTER LOYD, ROGERS HIGH completed 7 of 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another in the Mounties’ 42-0 win over St. Louis Normandy.
EASTON MILLER, BENTONVILLE HIGH Had 132 yards on 19 carries and added three receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ loss to Conway.
KRIS MULINGA, FAYETTEVILLE Caught five passes for 126 yards — his third straight game of 100-plus yards receiving — in the overtime loss to Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne.
CONNOR NOLAND, GREENWOOD Threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 54-26 victory over Alma.
AUSTIN O’BRIEN GRAVETTE Senior rushed for two touchdowns as the Lions won their first game of the season in a 26-7 triumph over Jay, Okla.
DYLAN QUALLS, ROGERS HERITAGE Senior rushed for 108 yards on 12 carries in a loss to Fort Smith Southside.
TYRESE SOLOMON, FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE Caught eight passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns in the Mavericks’ victory over Rogers Heritage
KAIDEN THRAILKILL, SILOAM SPRINGS Rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and had 71 yards receiving and one touchdown in win over Van Buren.
GARRETT VAUGHAN, SPRINGDALE HIGH Rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.
DREW WINN, PEA RIDGE Had 22 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Blackhawks’ 24-7 victory over Farmington.
JESUS ZIZUMBO, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER Kicked field goals of 39, 22 and 21 yards and added a pair of extra points as the Wildcats blanked Jenks, Okla. 29-0.