SPRINGDALE – Har-Ber displayed a balanced offense, and the defense, well, did what it usually does, holding its fifth opponent of the season to a touchdown or less in a 35-0 rout of Heritage Friday.
Sophomore quarterback Grant Allen played efficiently for a second consecutive week and completed 9-of-11 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Payton Copher, who has split time between quarterback and running back, rushed for a game-high 156 yards and three touchdowns to lead Har-Ber.
Senior receiver Trey Smith also caught a game-high six passes for 117 yards and a score in his final regular season game at Wildcat Stadium. Dalton Douangdara caught a first-quarter touchdown pass from Allen to get Har-Ber on the board. He finished with 68 yards of total offense.
Chris Wood’s defense put on another strong performance. The Wildcats limited Heritage to just 148 yards of offense – 46 passing, 102 rushing. Dylan Qualls led the War Eagles with 94 tough yards on 18 carries. Har-Ber defensive back Blaze Brothers tallied interceptions two and three in the win, and had another go in and out of his hands in the second half.
To put Har-Ber’s run defense into perspective, Heritage had 14 run plays go for negative yardage. A bulk of the War Eagles’ rushing yards came on three plays when Qualls gained 35, 10 and 15 yards. Trey Kitterman’s longest run of the night was 13 yards and was dropped behind the line of scrimmage on eight of 13 carries.
Har-Ber (8-2, 6-1) earns the it’s first back-to-back conference titles in school history a first round bye in the state playoffs with the win. The Wildcats will face the winner of Bryant-Springdale in the quarterfinals Nov. 18.