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.

Slow start doesn’t stop Rogers Heritage

By Paul Boyd Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette Rogers Heritage got stuck in Kansas City traffic and was late getting to the stadium Friay night. ≤br> <br> The War Eagles didn't get going early in the game either as Olathe (Kan.) North scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes to jump to in front. <br> <br> Heritage bounced back from that slow start, but needed a second-half comeback to notch an exciting 35-33 win.<br> <br> Heritage coach Perry Escalante feared his team might start slow because of the long bus ride and it happened. <br> <br> "There was a lot of things that contributed to that," … Continue Reading ››

Rapid Report: Rogers Heritage 35, Olathe (Kan.) North 33

OLATHE, Kan. — Rogers Heritage bounced off the ropes and applied a late knockout punch to claim a hard-fought 35-33 win on the road against Olathe (Kan.) North on Friday night.

The War Eagles (1-0) scored with three minutes left on sophomore quarter Trey Kitterman's 10-yard keeper for the game-winner.

Olathe North had taken a 33-29 lead by converting back-to-back Heritage miscues into touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Senior quarterback Jake Qualls enjoyed a big night, completing 19 of 33 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns. Senior receiver Collin Christian finished with 10 catches for 92 yards and four touchdowns.

Heritage also overcame … Continue Reading ››

Dog Days 2015: Gentry’s Jake Faulkenberry

Check out Thursday’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette for more on Jake Faulkenberry and the Gentry Pioneers.

At A Glance

Jake Faulkenberry


Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Class: Senior

Notable: Started on both offense and defense for the Pioneers. … Caught 22 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. … Completed a reverse pass for 43 yards against West Fork last season. … Recorded 48 tackles and forced a fumble from his safety spot as a junior. … Will also play some linebacker this season in certain situations.

Rogers Heritage: 5 Things To Watch In Spring Football

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF  Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
Rogers Heritage begins spring football practice Monday evening. Workouts will continue for the next two weeks with a spring scrimmage slated for May 22. Here are five things to watch for: Searching For A Tailback One of the War Eagles' top priorities will be … Continue Reading ››

Heritage Surges Late For State Tourney Win

SPRINGDALE — Bryant had trouble guarding Rogers Heritage guard Lexus Hobbs earlier this season. That didn’t change much Friday night. The 5-foot-11 guard poured in a game-high 23 points and made key plays down the stretch to help the War Eagles earn a tough 52-48 win over the Hornets in the Class 7A state boys basketball tournament at Springdale Har-Ber’s Wildcat Arena. Heritage controlled the Hornets in a 52-38 win on Nov. 25 as Hobbs scored a game-high 17. But Bryant led by two after three quarter and pushed the War Eagles to the limit before falling short over the final three minutes … Continue Reading ››

Rogers, Har-Ber, Heritage To Participate In Dual State Tournament


Arkansas will host its seventh high school wrestling state tournament in a few weeks, but coaches are trying to see the sport take another step forward on Saturday.

The inaugural Arkansas Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Class 6A-7A Dual State Tournament will be held at Van Buren.

The event is not sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association, but Springdale Har-Ber wrestling coach Nika West said he and others are hoping to see that change in the near future.

"Other states have a regular bracket state tournament and a dual … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Bentonville 62, Rogers Heritage 49

ROGERS — Bentonville was just too much for Rogers Heritage to handle Tuesday night.

Malik Monk poured in a game-high 30 points, while the Tigers’ inside tandem of Tyler Robinson and Ben Smith controlled the paint to carry Bentonville to a 62-49 win over the War Eagles in 7A-West Conference basketball play in War Eagle Arena.

Marcus Breedlove’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter pulled Heritage to within 42-37, but Bentonville (11-5, 5-0 7A-West) responded with a 10-2 run to put away the pesky War Eagles (13-6, 4-2).

The 6-foot-4 Monk, heralded as one of the top juniors in the country, didn’t score … Continue Reading ››

Officials Make Correction

FORT SMITH- Officials in the Rogers Heritage-Fort Smith Southside boys game Tuesday night made a mistake, but they caught it just in time. Heritage's Connor Hirsh hit the front end of a one-and-one, but teammate Chris Coover was whistled for a foul late in the first half. Officials did not allow Hirsh to shoot his second free throw, but awarded the ball to Southside. However, officials caught the error during halftime and awarded Hirsh his second free throw, which he made to give the War Eagles a 24-19 lead, to start the second half. Federation rules state that is a correctable error … Continue Reading ››