Bentonville senior running back Dylan Smith broke a 78-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to set the tone in the Tigers’ 38-7 sportsmanship-rule win over Springdale High at Bulldog Stadium on Friday.
Bentonville (3-4, 3-1 7A-West) led 35-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter and had a 38-0 advantage at halftime in its third straight win.
Smith’s long run was the first of four first-quarter Bentonville touchdowns. The Tigers led 35-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter and were up 38-0 when they let the clock run out to end the first half with the ball on Springdale’s 10-yard line.
The Tigers outgained Springdale 294-38 in the first half, including rushing for 218 yards.
Smith finished with 96 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries in a little more than one quarter of action. The Tigers led 35-0 midway through the second quarter when junior Chase Hunter replaced junior quarterback Kasey Ford.
Springdale scored its lone touchdown when junior quarterback Fuller Chandler scrambled for a 14-yard score with 1:37 left in the game.
- Ford was 4 of 6 for 65 yards in his first-half action. Hunter was 1 of 2 for 11 yards, along with 30 rushing yards on two carries.
- Bentonville senior receiver Cody Scroggins also only played in the first half, finishing with three catches for 41 yards and a touchdown, an effort which left him with 107 career catches, one shy of tying Mason Snow for second in school history.
- Chandler completed 8 of 22 passes for 112 yards and two interceptions along with 21 rushing yards, the touchdown and a lost fumble. Bentonville held the 7A-West’s leading passer to less than half of the 246.3 yards he averaged entering the game.
For the full game story, check tomorrow’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.