Division II Report: Week 3

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Division II Report


Offenses on display at Ozark

Two teams with high-powered offenses will collide on Friday when Charleston (2-0) plays at Ozark (2-0) in a non-conference game.

Charleston has outscored its opponents 71-29 while Ozark has outscored the opposition 75-58 in two games.

Charleston beat Ozark 30-7 last season when the Hillbillies finished 7-5 and the Tigers went 12-1 with a loss to Prescott in the championship game in Class 3A.

“Charleston is tough and we expect a hard-nosed game,” Ozark coach Jeremie Burns said. “But this is our most complete team. We have some quality guys with a junior quarterback, several good running backs, and big offensive linemen who can keep the quarterback off the ground. We feel confident.”

Ozark quarterback Dawson Dietz passed for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns last week in a 42-28 victory over Clarksville. Charleston blew past Episcopal Collegiate 42-6 after leading 42-0 at halftime.


Dragons eye another upset

Mountainburg (2-0) provided one of the area’s biggest upsets last week with a 33-30 victory over Hackett (1-1), which finished 10-2 last season.

Hackett had won four consecutive over Mountainburg and beat the Dragons twice last year by a combined score of 66-13. The teams will play twice again because Union Christian left the conference last year to join a private-school league.

Mountainburg grabbed a 26-15 lead then answered with a long scoring drive in the second half after Hackett closed to within 33-24. Quarterback Robert Roxin rushed for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Dragons.

“Robert Roxin led us in this game like Jesse Quick led us in rushing the previous game,” Mountainburg coach Tom Harrell said. “But everything starts with blocking and our offensive line and backs blocked really well. Hackett’s hard to move against in most years but this group was able to do it.”

Mountainburg faces another huge challenge in the 4-2A Conference with Danville (2-1) coming to town on Friday. The two-time defending conference champions have beaten Lavaca and Two Rivers after losing their season-opener to Conway Christian.

“Our biggest concerns about Danville are their size and speed,” Harrell said. “Their offensive line is huge and their defense is exceptional.”


Pirates balanced on offense

Many coaches envision a balanced offensive attack and Greenland is providing it.

Greenland (2-0) rushed for 203 yards and passed for 201 yards in a 35-0 victory over West Fork to open the season. Last week, the Pirates rushed for 284 yards and passed for 158 yards in a 32-7 win over Mansfield.

Hayden Stout rushed for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns while Austin Anderson passed for 158 yards in the win over the Tigers.

“That’s what we want to be, about 50/50, with running and passing all year,” Greenland coach Lee Larkan said.

Greenland will be tested this week by surprising Gentry (2-0), which has already matched its win total from last season when the Pioneers went 2-8. Gentry pounded Lavaca 50-0 to open the season then rolled past Decatur 56-7 in a game that was stopped at halftime because of a lack of able-bodied players for the Bulldogs.

“Gentry has some great skill people, starting with their quarterback (Jon Faulkenberry), who can run and throw,” Larkan said. “Then, you look at those big, physical offensive lineman, and you can see why they’re hard to beat.”

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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