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.

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 ››

Olathe (Kan.) North 18, Rogers Heritage 13

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage looked as though it would walk away with a victory in its season opener Friday night thanks to a pair of fourth-down stops in the fourth quarter.

But victory slipped though the War Eagles’ grasp thanks to a late fumble and Olathe (Kan.) North nabbed the 18-13 victory in Gates Stadium.

Olathe North running back Venus Triplett plowed into the end zone from 4 yards out with 44 seconds left in the contest to give the Eagles (1-0) the victory.

Just a few plays earlier it was Heritage that was celebrating a fourth down stop deep in War Eagles … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Sweeps Shiloh Christian, Heritage At Cancer Challenge

Bentonville got off on the right foot by cruising to wins over Rogers Heritage and Shiloh Christian at the fifth annual Volley for Cancer scrimmage on Thursday evening at Tiger Arena.

The Lady Tigers, who finished second in Class 7 a year ago, won a tight first set 25-21 against 7A-West Conference foe Heritage, but cruised 25-10 in the second. They broke away from 4A Shiloh Christian early to win 25-13, 25-13.

Lady Tigers coach Michelle Smith was pleased with the play of several individuals, but junior outside hitter Sadie Pate definitely stood out.

"She was on tonight," Smith said. "She's come alive … Continue Reading ››

Quarterback Picture Clearing Some At Heritage


Junior Joel Brackett and sophomore Joe Britton are the front-runners for the starting quarterback spot midway through the second week of preseason workouts, Rogers Heritage coach Perry Escalante said.

The War Eagles started fall camp with four candidates, which included Brackett, Britton, junior Jake Qualls and sophomore Luke Heiligenthal.

"We're settled into two," Escalante said. "I feel pretty good about two. Joe's not getting a lot of reps there because he's playing safety. But when Joe comes in he looks pretty good. We're still not throwing the ball like we … Continue Reading ››

Lady War Eagles Dealing With Injury

Rogers Heritage volleyball coach Sarah Miser has a different outlook than she did less than a week ago heading into Thursday's Cancer Challenge Jamboree at Bentonville.

That's because outside hitter Lindsay Glynn has been sidelined for an undetermined period with a sore right foot. The 5-foot-6 junior had earned a spot in the starting lineup with her steady attack, but now she's walking around with a boot on her right foot.

"I got a text from her Friday to let me know she is in a boot and the doctor was concerned she might have torn something," Miser said.

That leaves Miser and … Continue Reading ››

Q & A With Rogers Heritage Secondary Coach Cam Prock

Rogers Heritage secondary coach instructs a player during a recent practice.
Rogers Heritage secondary coach instructs a player during a recent practice.

Rogers Heritage assistant football coach Cam Prock began his 36th year of coaching this fall, but he's experiencing a first. Prock, long known for his work with offense will coach defensive backs for the War Eagles this season.

Prock spent the last seven seasons as offensive coordinator n at Rogers High, but moved over to Heritage late in the spring.

Q-How many different places have you been in your coaching … Continue Reading ››

Heritage Newcomer Shows Potential

Howie Stettmeyer hasn't been with the Rogers Heritage football team for long, but War Eagle coaches liked what they saw at this weekend's Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Stettmeyer, who has never played football and home-schooled, came to Heritage coaches just before the dead period  expressing a desire to play football.

The 6-foor-4, 220-pound senior-to-be  started with the team on Monday, but Heritage coach Perry Escalante said he's already showing some positive flashes.

"He's getting better and better," Escalante said. "He's a big target. We've not had a lot of time to drill with him. But he's getting better running routes, that's the thing … Continue Reading ››

Some Double Duty Necessary For War Eagles

Rogers Heritage may be the Class 7A school, but War Eagles football coach Perry Escalante said he will still ask a few players to see action on both sides of the football on Friday night in the fall. "It won't be like get a drink and go right back out there," Escalante said. "It will be more like a series here or there. I think it's something we have to do. But it will be several we ask to take snaps on both sides of the ball." Joey Saucier, who will be a senior, did it a year ago, starting at receiver … Continue Reading ››

Offensive Line Looks Solid For Heritage

Rogers Heritage offensive line coach Jason Upton is still searching for a fifth starter as spring practice comes to a close, but he's in much better shape than a year ago. This time last year, Upton was only sure about one spot in his starting offensive line. That was senior Hunter Chasteen. Now, he's only looking for Chasteen's replacement at left tackle. Kevin Merlos, who will be a senior in the fall, takes over the reins from Chasteen as a leader of the group. In addition, Noah Madryga started as a sophomore and is penciled in for the fall. Brandon DeMello , who … Continue Reading ››