Fort Smith Northside linebacker Deontre Hardwick is the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Player of the Week after recording a career-high five sacks, forcing a fumble returned for a touchdown and running for a 2-yard touchdown of his own in the Grizzlies win at Springdale.
Hardwick and Northside’s defense held Springdale to a season-low 102 yards in a 34-17 win, thanks in large part to the unit’s nine sacks. Hardwick was dominant. He had five of the sacks, including the hit of the night in the third quarter, when he blitzed untouched from the blind side and belted Springdale quarterback Jack Lindsey, causing a fumble that was returned for a score to provide the final margin. In addition to the sacks, he also had several tackles-for-loss.
On offense, Hardwick continued to excel as a power back, scoring the go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown early in the third quarter and finishing with 56 yards on four carries.
Tyler Blackston, Springdale Har-Ber: The senior receiver caught five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Har-Ber’s 38-0 win at Fort Smith Southside. Blackston caught touchdown passes of 23 and 21 yards in the second quarter as the Wildcats built a 21-0 halftime lead.
Brayden Burnett, West Fork: Burnett ran for 171 yards and scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in the Tigers’ 20-0 win over Elkins in a showdown of teams who entered with undefeated conference records.
Jordan Burnett, Gravette: Burnett cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the season with a 166-yard, three-touchdown performance in Gravette’s 24-3 win over Huntsville.
Kasey Ford, Bentonville: Ford had a near-perfect night, completing 15 of 18 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 55-3 blowout win at Rogers.
Taylor Powell, Fayetteville: Powell and the Bulldogs bounced back from a loss at Springdale Har-Ber with a convincing 59-0 win over Rogers Heritage. In the victory, the junior quarterback completed 23 of 33 passes for 320 yards and four scores.
Jackson Rowland, Charleston: The junior quarterback completed 21 of 28 passes for 242 yards and three scores in a 41-14 win over Lavaca.