All posts by Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.

Springdale High 29, Rogers Heritage 26 — Another look

Springdale High hadn’t won a football game in almost two years. It’s no wonder players and fans stayed around Gates Stadium on Friday night to bask in the 29-26 7A-West Conference victory over Rogers Heritage. The Red Bulldogs (1-3, 1-0 7A-West Conference) snapped a 16-game losing streak and game coach Zak Clark his first win as a head coach. Clark credited his defense for making back-to-back fourth-quarter stops that allowed Springdale to hang on for the road win. Junior Jayden Minchew picked off a Heritage pass at the Springdale 5 to turn away the Heritage with about four minutes left. But finished it … Continue Reading ››

Rapid Report: Springdale 29, Rogers Heritage 26

Springdale High came up with a pair of late defensive stops to earn a hard-fought 29-26 win over Rogers Heritage to snap a 16-game losing streak on Friday night.

Junior Jayden Minchew intercepted a pass inside the Springdale 10 with four minutes left. But the Springdale defense held on fourth-and-1 from their own 6 in the final 30 seconds to clinch the victory.

Senior kicker John Bautista kicked his second 30-yard field goal of the game with 7 minutes, 1 second left in the fourth quarter that set the final margin.


Rogers Heritage By The Numbers

Here are a few figures from Rogers Heritage's 43-22 loss at Pulaski Robinson on Friday: 3 — Turnovers by the War Eagles

2 — Penalties that resulted in Pulaski Robinson first down; touchdown passes by quarterback Jake Qualls and scoring catches by Collin Christian; Third downs converted and two-point conversions made by Heritage.

107 — Rushing yards by sophomore Dylan Qualls on just nine carries, including 54 on a late touchdown.

0 — Punts by Heritage.

7 — Tackles by senior linebacker Garrett Sheetz, including a sack.

94 — Passing yards by Jake Qualls.

57 — Offensive plays run by Heritage, compared to 49 for Pulaski Robinson.

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Rogers Heritage FB By The Numbers

Here are a few figures from Rogers Heritage's 17-0 loss at Russellville on Friday night: 8 — first downs by penalty combined for both teams. 3 — Turnovers by the War Eagles. 38 — Rushing yards for Heritage. 118 — Total offense by Rogers Heritage. 208 — Combined penalty yardage. 2.41 — Average yards per play for Heritage. 11 — Pass completions for Heritage quarterback Jake Qualls. 24 — Penalties by both teams combined. 12—tackles by senior linebacker Garrett Sheetz, who sat out week one with an injury. —Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Heritage struggles in loss to Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE — Rogers Heritage scored 35 points and rolled up 375 yards of total offense in week one, but the War Eagles could get very little going Friday night. Heritage managed just three first downs in the second half and two of those came in the final five minutes in a 17-0 loss to Russellville. Heritage coach Perry Escalante didn't mince words. "Our offense just didn't show up," Escalante said."It was bad. The defense fought and fought and fought and was just on the field too long. It got us late. Offensively we just couldn't do anything. "We did a few things up front early, … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage-Russellville preview

Rogers Heritage at Russellville

Cyclone Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Rogers Heritage 1-0. Russellville 0-1.

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BETWEEN THE LINES Russellville junior quarterback Cale Fulsom passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the Cyclones’ 35-21 loss to Morrilton. … Much-traveled coach Billy Dawson is in his first season at Russellville and hired former Heritage offensive coordinator Chad Harbison in the same position. …Cyclones junior receiver Ryan Meador caught six passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns against Morrilton. … Both Russellville and Heritage had a punt blocked in their first game, which … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage FB by the numbers

Here is a list of interesting figures from Rogers Heritage's season-opening win at Olathe (Kan.) North: 4 — First downs by penalty  for the War Eagles; Touchdown passes by senior quarterback Jake Qualls and touchdowns catches by senior receiver Collin Christian. <br><br> 25 —Penalties assessed to both teams combined. <br><br> 375 — Yards of total offense for Heritage. 111 — Penalties yards assessed on Olathe North. 268 — Yards passing combined by the Heritage quarterback duo Jake Qualls and Trey Kitterman. 58 — Percent of pass plays run by Heritage. — Paul Boyd • #NWAPaulB