Bentonville 31, FS Northside 10 (recap with stats)

Another year, another season of Bentonville in the semifinals.

The Tigers (10-2) reached the 7A semifinals for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons with the dominating victory over the Grizzlies (7-3).

Bentonville travels to Fayetteville for the 7A semifinals on Friday.

One key stat was Bentonville’s offense possessing the ball for 30:11 of the 48-minute game. The Tigers simply controlled the ball and never let Northside get any big plays or rhythm on offense. The Tigers ran 72 plays (for 344 yards) while Northside was limited to 43 plays (and 195 total yards).

That may be the formula for Bentonville next week against Fayetteville. The Tigers did beat the Bulldogs 24-21 in Week 4. Both teams have met in the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons, with Fayetteville holding a 4-2 advantage.

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Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.

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