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.

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

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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    

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.