Springdale Har-Ber senior quarterback Fuller Chandler is the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Player of the Week after accounting for seven touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 49-21 home win over Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst Friday.
Chandler completed 12 of 16 passes for 240 yards and six touchdowns, including four in the first half as Har-Ber raced out to 21-0 and 28-7 leads against Rockhurst, the runner-up in Missouri’s largest classification a year ago. He threw two more touchdowns in the second half while also adding a 30-yard run and later a 1-yard touchdown run.
Chandler’s touchdown passes were six, 41, six, 21, 43 and 37 yards as the Wildcats repeatedly bested the Rockhurst defense, avenging a 46-22 defeat from a year ago.
Chandler has thrown for 575 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions with the one touchdown run in the first two weeks after leading the 7A-West in passing during the regular season last year at Springdale.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Jacob Clark, Bentonville: Clark followed up a 114-yard performance in the opener by running for 178 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries in the Tigers’ 41-22 win over Valor Christian (Colo.). He scored on runs of three, 25 and seven yards as Bentonville totaled 428 yards of offense in an impressive win.
Wade Gerlick, Charleston: Gerlick completed 17 of 28 passes for 168 yards and ran for 108 yards in Charleston’s 30-12 loss to Prairie Grove.
Deontre Hardwick, Fort Smith Northside: Hardwick led the way as the Grizzlies got their swagger back in a 35-14 win over Little Rock Central. The senior middle linebacker finished with 15 tackles, but also scored on touchdown runs of three and five yards on his two touches in a goal-line back role.
Cooper Johnson, Fort Smith Southside: Southside lost a 38-31 shootout with Greenwood, but the senior quarterback had a huge game, completing 18 of 27 passes for 402 yards and three touchdowns. As a byproduct, two Southside receivers, Randy Rainwater (eight catches, 124 yards, one touchdown) and Evan Simpson (seven catches, 152 yards, one touchdown), also had huge games.
Ryan Padilla, Greenwood: Padilla played a starring role in the Bulldogs’ 38-31 win at Fort Smith Southside in what was probably the best week-two game in the state. He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score in the first half, then caught a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown with 5:37 left that would prove to be the game winner. Padilla caught 10 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown and already has 322 yards through just two weeks.
Taylor Powell, Fayetteville: Powell has yet to take a snap in the second half, but has amassed 524 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions, plus a rushing touchdown, in two sportsmanship-rule victories for the Bulldogs. Friday, he completed 23 of 29 passes for 308 yards and four scores with a touchdown run in the first half of Fayetteville’s 53-14 victory at North Little Rock. He’s completing 77 percent of his passes through two weeks and probably could have close to 1,000 yards if he’d played full games.
CJ Taylor, Gentry: Taylor didn’t need many touches to have a big night in Gentry’s 49-7 win against Decatur, running for 124 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries in the blowout.
Brice Waggle, Farmington: Waggle had an efficient performance in Farmington’s 28-21 win against Huntsville, completing 11 of 14 passes for 205 yards and three key scores.
Kyler Williams, Springdale: Williams had another big day for Springdale, catching a career-high 10 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Through two weeks, his 19 catches for 279 yards both lead the 7A-West.