All posts by Chip Souza

Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.

Pottsville 36, Gravette 10

GRAVETTE — Logan Hunt drifted back into perfect position as the pass floated his way. The Pottsville defensive back wrapped two hands around the ball and was off the races, covering 70 yards.

Hunt’s interception was one of four by the ball-hawking Apaches defense, but his counted for six points as Pottsville rolled to a 36-10 victory over Gravette in the season opener for both teams Friday night in Lions Stadium.

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Game Recap: Charleston 42, Shiloh Christian 14

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 ››

Monday Night Observations

Staff photo Andy Shupe - Justin Fender, Midland Christian tailback, rushed for 183 yards against Highland on Monday.

The prep football season is officially under way in Arkansas following Monday night's Labor Day action.

The two featured games of the Classic at Reynolds Razorback Stadium saw a pair of blowouts that went to the Arkansas Activities Association 35-point mercy rule by halftime.

Lincoln, an 11-2 team a year ago, was no match for Class 5A Hot Springs Lakeside in a 36-0 loss. The Wolves were outmanned basically everywhere … Continue Reading ››

4 Downs: Shiloh Christian WR Adler Goode

NWA Media/DAVID GOTTSCHALK -- Shiloh Christian senior Adler Goode has lofty goals for 2014.
NWA Media/DAVID GOTTSCHALK -- Shiloh Christian senior Adler Goode has lofty goals for 2014.

Shiloh Christian senior WR/DB Adler Goode enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, with 35 catches for more than 500 yards and seven touchdowns.

He is among a number of returning skill position players for the Saints this season, who hope to return to their glory days when the program won three consecutive Class 4A state championships.

Goode was in a protective boot on Saturday … Continue Reading ››

4 Downs With Shiloh DC Greg Tibbitt

Shiloh Video 01 Greg Tibbitt was named recently as Shiloh Christian's defensive coordinator on first-year coach Jeff Conaway's staff. Wednesday the Saints held their first fall practice of the season. Tibbitt coached with Conaway at Greene County Tech before taking a head coaching position at a small school in Louisiana. 1st Down -- What defense will you line up in this season? "We're going to line up in a 3-3 odd stack defense. We'll have 3 down linemen, 3 linebackers and 2 safeties over the top. 2nd Down -- Who have been some of the players who have stood out so far defensively? "I'm going … Continue Reading ››

Team Camp Offers More Practice Reps For All Players

Gravette hosted a team camp on Monday that drew both Farmington and Pea Ridge squads in addition to the Lions. I spoke with coaches of all three teams, and all three gave the same answer when asked about the advantages of team camps as opposed to the rapidly growing trend of 7-on-7. "I believe there are benefits to both. I think team camps are more beneficial because it's 11-on-11 and you can involve the linemen. We did a lot more team camps this year for that very reason, to get our linemen involved," Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis said. Although … Continue Reading ››

4 Downs With Shiloh Christian RB Chandler Smith

AN FBH-SHILOH PREVIEW I caught up with Shiloh Christian rising senior Chandler Smith (OK, he was sitting down), on Friday at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Shiloh 7-on-7

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.

First Down: How is your shoulder?

It's doing good. It's completely healed. It was separated and I tore my … Continue Reading ››

WATN: Former Foes Teamed Up At UA

By Paul Boyd NWA Media Allyson Twiggs Dyer and Blair Savage-Lansden were tied together because of basketball for several years, but they have taken different paths later in life. The two were bitter rivals in high school, but became teammates at Arkansas.
Allyson Twiggs-Dyer
Twiggs Dyer put her basketball career behind her quickly after Arkansas lost to Washington in the NCAA Tournament in 1995. “I left my shoes in the hotel room in Seattle,” she said. “I was done. I had played a ton of basketball, and it was a great … Continue Reading ››

WATN: McNair Recalls Wild Playoff Game

Michael Woods Former Shiloh Christian standout Cole McNair is back in Fayetteville and working as a producer for his family's insurance company.
FAYETTEVILLE — The scoreboard at Junction City went dark just before the start of the 1999 playoff game against Shiloh Christian. Probably a good thing it did. It couldn’t have kept up with the blur of scoring changes that occurred seemingly every few seconds during the game. Shiloh Christian’s 70-64 win that night is regarded by many as the greatest high school football game ever played in … Continue Reading ››