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.

Fort Smith Northside 29, Rogers Heritage 3 — a look back

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage football coach Perry Escalante appeared just as frustrated as his War Eagles' offense following Friday night's 29-3 loss to Fort Smith Northside. Heritage (0-6, 0-3 7A-West Conference) managed just one first down in the first half and lost three fumbles as the War Eagles' offense struggled to get traction all night against the Grizzlies. "We couldn't get anything going," Escalante said. "We turned it over. I have now answer for why we continue to do that and our defense played so good. They had some big, big stops." The Heritage defense stopped Northside at the goal-line once and also forced … Continue Reading ››

Rapid Report: Fort Smith Northside 29, Rogers Heritage 3

ROGERS — Fort Smith Northside turned a pair of Rogers Heritage turnovers into quick scores en route to a 29-3 win over the War Eagles in 7A-West Conference football Friday night. The Grizzlies (2-4, 1-2 7A-West) recovered three Heritage fumbles and senior linebacker Deontre Hardwick accounted for two of them, including a 2-yard score and score in the second half. Heritage (0-6, 0-3 7A-West) managed just one first down in the first half and got on the board with a 36-yard field goal by Aaron Pavlak early in the fourth quarter.

Rogers Heritage football: By the numbers.

Here are a few figures from Heritage's 29-26 loss to Springdale High on Friday and for the season:

0 — Field goals attempted through four games.
br> 1 — PATs made this season.

21 — First downs made by each team Friday.

90 — Rushing yards for the War Eagles against Springdale.

5 — Two-point conversions made by the War Eagles this season, including one Friday.

9 — Receiving touchdowns by Collin Christian this season, including three on Friday.

259 — Passing yards by Heritage quarterbacks on Friday.

109 — Combined rushing and receiving yards by sophomore Dylan Qualls against Springdale.

10 — Penalties committed by Heritage on Friday.

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

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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