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.”


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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    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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