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.

Boys: Rogers Heritage 55, Rogers High 44

The War Eagles got off to a red-hot start and held off a late Rogers charge to earn the 7A-West Conference win on Tuesday night. Heritage (10-5, 1-1) hit 4-of-4 3-pointers to build a 24-8 first-quarter lead. Chris Coover and Irvin Menendez hit two 3-pointers each off the bench in that quarter. But the Mounties (5-10, 0-2) clawed back in the second half, getting within seven with six minutes, 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But Connor Hirsh scored on a free-throw line jumper and a layup, then fed Julian Jensen for a layup to push the Heritage lead back to 13. Hirsh … Continue Reading ››

BOYS: Rogers Heritage 65, Gentry 35

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage rode three solid scoring options to the best season in school history a year ago and the War Eagles used a similar recipe en route to a win over Gentry in a senior boys basketball benefit game Tuesday in War Eagle Arena.

Senior Connor Hirsh poured in a game-high 21 points, while Lexus Hobbs and Dane Olsen added 12 each as Heritage rolled to a 65-35 win.

The War Eagles scored the last seven points of the second quarter to claim a 36-21 halftime lead, then applied the knockout punch with a 9-0 spurt early in the third quarter.

The … Continue Reading ››

GIRLS: Rogers Heritage 55, Gentry 44

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage used a third-quarter 3-point barrage to pull away from Gentry en route to a 55-44 win over the Lady Pioneers in a senior girls basketball benefit game Tuesday night in War Eagle Arena.

Senior Emilie Jobst poured in a game-high 24 points, but she and teammate Sara Giesen combined to hit five 3-pointers in a 15-5 Heritage run to take control in the third quarter.

Gentry’s Rachel Lawrence drilled one of her five 3-pointers to start the second half and pull the Lady Pioneers into a 24-24 tie. But Jobst and Giesen took over to help Heritage pull away.

Giesen, … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Har-Ber 35, Rogers Heritage 12

SPRINGDALE — Springdale Har-Ber proved to just be too much for Rogers Heritage to handle Friday night.

The Wildcats offensive line opened holes for backs to run through time and again and also gave quarterback Caleb Daniels plenty of time to throw. The end result was a dominating 35-12 Har-Ber victory.

Junior running back Luke Hannon, who leads the 7A-West Conference in rushing, racked up 111 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, but he had plenty of help. Sophomore Trey Smith chipped in 91 and junior Sione Nassila added some tough yards inside.

Har-Ber (3-7, 3-4 7A-West) snapped a four-game losing streak … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville 51, Rogers Heritage 16

ROGERS — Fayetteville moved the ball through the air and on the ground with regularity to roll over Rogers Heritage 51-16 in 7A-West Conference football on Friday night in Gates Stadium.

The Purple Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1 7A-West) got a strong effort from sophomore quarterback Taylor Powell, completing 15 of 22 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore running back Terrance Powell also keyed a potent running attack with 149 yards on only nine carries, including a 79-yard touchdown run

Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton said cashing in on a Heritage turnover on the first possession was key.

“Getting the … Continue Reading ››

Fort Smith Northside 46, Rogers Heritage 10

FORT SMITH — Rogers Heritage never got going Friday night at Mayo-Thompson Stadium. Fort Smith Northside made sure of it.

The Grizzlies scored 15 points before the War Eagles ran a play from scrimmage and took advantage of four first-half turnovers en route to a 46-10 blowout victory in 7A-West Conference football.

Northside (5-1, 2-1 7A-West) put this one away quickly, scoring twice in the first two minutes of the game and turning four War Eagle turnovers into 24 points.

After Northside scored on the opening drive, Heritage (3-3, 2-1) fumbled the ball right back to the Grizzlies on the ensuing kickoff.

It took … Continue Reading ››

Pea Ridge 30, Gentry 14

GENTRY — Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis warned his team even though Gentry had not won a game this season, the Pioneers were dangerous.

The Blackhawks took that message to heart after Gentry took a first-quarter lead Friday night.

The Pea Ridge defense held the Pioneers without a first down in the second and third quarters and pulled away for a 30-14 victory to start 4A-1 Conference play on a good note and remain undefeated.

“We talked about it coming over here and even before the game, Gentry’s offense is capable of scoring,” Travis said. “They have some play-making ability. I think our … Continue Reading ››

Greenland 24, Gentry 15

GENTRY — Greenland saved its best for last Friday night.

The Pirates erased a 15-0 halftime deficit and dominated the fourth quarter to claim a 24-15 win over Gentry in nonconference football at Pioneer Stadium.

Greenland (2-1) got two fourth-quarter touchdowns from junior quarterback Cole Self to shake off a dreadful first half.

The Pirates, who did not make a first down in the first half, came up with a huge 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Junior tailback Alex Sizemore did much of the work on the drive. But Self scored on a 2-yard keeper around … Continue Reading ››

A Look Ahead: Rogers Heritage Travels To Navasota, Texas

Rogers Heritage football coach Perry Escalante said this week has a playoff feel to it as his War Eagles (1-1) will make a nine-hour trip to Texas to take on the Navasota Rattlers.

"They are a talented team and we're making a long trip," Escalante said.

On paper, the Rattlers appear to be a formidable opponent even though Class 7A Heritage has almost three times more students.

Navasota (3-0) comes in ranked No. 2 in Class 4A in Texas by the Associated Press and have outscored their opponents by an average of 57-9. The Rattlers defeated rival Coldspring Oakhurst 35-14 on Friday, but … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage 7, Russellville 6

ROGERS — Junior quarterback Joel Brackett took the snap and took a knee on consecutive plays, then celebrated with his teammates as Rogers Heritage held on for a tough 7-6 win over Russellville on Friday night.

The War Eagles (1-1) and coach Perry Escalante were all smiles as they exchanged congratulations near midfield in Gates Stadium. A direct contrast from a week earlier when Escalante and his players were stunned as a late turnover helped Olathe (Kan.) North skate away with a late victory.

However, the Heritage defense came up with stop after stop, holding Russellville (1-1) scoreless in the second half … Continue Reading ››