BENTONVILLE 38, ROGERS HERITAGE 14 W/FULL STATS

Bentonville wasn’t flashy, but the Tigers didn’t need to be in a 38-14 mercy-rule win against Rogers Heritage on Friday.

The Tigers (7-2, 5-1 7A-West) scored on all five first-half possessions, and added a defensive touchdown to built a 38-0 halftime lead. Heritage scored two late touchdowns against a running clock, both set up by Bentonville turnovers.

With the win, Bentonville is in line to share the 7A-West Conference title, but still likely finishes no higher than third in the conference playoff seedings due to point differentials with Fayetteville and Springdale Har-Ber. This likely means for the first time since byes were instituted into the Arkansas playoff format, Bentonville will not get a first-round bye for the first round of the state playoffs in two weeks.

The Tigers finish the regular season at home against its new rival, Bentonville West, a program that has shocked the 7A-West by not only earning a playoff berth in its inaugural season, but the Wolverines will be hosting a playoff game after wrapping up the No. 4 seed with a win over Rogers High on Friday.

“I like the way our kids are playing right now,” Tigers coach Jody Grant said. “I think we’re peaking at the right time.”

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Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
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2 thoughts on “BENTONVILLE 38, ROGERS HERITAGE 14 W/FULL STATS”

    1. Good question, Vaughn.
      The logical guess would be that one game would be played Thursday night and the other Friday night. I’m not sure a doubleheader would be logical. There’s also a thought of moving the West game to a different location, but we will see.

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