Rogers High football coach Mike Loyd walked away from Thursday's scrimmage pleased with his team's overall play against three solid Oklahoma opponents.
"I thought they did a great job offensively and got better defensively," Loyd said. "We went against three really good teams.Tahlequah will win eight or nine. Wagoner, their back-to-back defending state champions and we got after them. Hilldale won 12 games last year. They are both physical and I thought our kids competed well.
"That's comparable to the teams we're going to see. It was a good test for us."
The Mounties finished strong against Wagoner, the two-time defending Class 4A … Continue Reading ››
Thursday was a big scrimmage night at Springdale Har-Ber as four teams – North Little Rock, Siloam Springs, Bentonville High and Har-Ber – all saw action just eight days away from the official opening of the season.
Following split-field scrimmages for the first hour-and-a-half, the fun really began, pitting Bentonville against Siloam Springs and North Little Rock with Har-Ber.
Here is a recap of the Bentonville-Siloam Springs scrimmage:
It was relatively clear from the jump Bentonville was too … Continue Reading ››
Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
Be sure to check out NWADG reporter Scottie Bordelon's analysis on Springdale's performance.
SPRINGDALE — Zak Clark didn’t see the 2010 Shiloh Christian team that won its third consecutive state championship behind quarterback Kiehl Frazier. And despite the Springdale High coach’s Bulldogs beating Shiloh Christian 20-7 during the varsity portion of a benefit game on Tuesday night, Clark had high praise for this year’s version of the Saints.
“I wasn’t around for their last state championship run … but it’s the best Shiloh team that I’ve seen,” Clark said.
Specifically, Clark was impressed by senior quarterback Connor Reece and senior … Continue Reading ››
Although it was a scrimmage and the final tally wasn't kept on the scoreboard, Springdale defeated Shiloh Christian 20-7 during the varisty portion of a benefit game at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium on Tuesday.
The two teams from the same town but different conferences — the Saints play in the 4A-1 while the Bulldogs are in the 7A-West — ran 85 hurry-up, no-huddle plays during the two quarters both varsity squads were on the field.
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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.
Fayetteville and Greenwood faced off for the third consecutive year in a preseason scrimmage on Monday. The latest exhibition matchup, played at Harmon Stadium, had several sloppy moments early as both teams combined … Continue Reading ››