13 Springdale Football Predictions

Springdale senior receiver Zach Burton.
Springdale kicks off its football season tomorrow with a home opener against Class 6A power Greenwood, so it’s time for some preseason forecasting for the Bulldogs.

Here are 13 predictions I think will come true over the course of the upcoming season.

1. Junior quarterback Fuller Chandler will throw for more than 1,750 yards in his second year as a starter, a significant increase from the 1,110 he passed for as a sophomore.

2. Receivers Chris Owens, Salvador Sandoval and Zach Burton will combine for … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 Football Tidbits

One of the projects I took on this summer (voluntarily, I might add) was to compile the won-loss records for every high school football team in the state since 2001, just to see what interesting information might be revealed.

Why 2001, you might ask? In my mind, it's the beginning of the 21st century. You may beg to differ, but let's save that argument for another time.

Anyway, here are some things I gathered after my project was completed.

• A number of high schools have already reached and surpassed 100 wins during this time, but four more will have the opportunity to … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Adam Thompson

Springdale senior left guard Adam Thompson.
  Springdale senior left guard Adam Thompson hopes to have a big senior year after making sizable improvements on the field and in the weight room during the offseason.

The 5-foot-11, 253-pounder only weighed 215 pounds in Springdale's regular season finale last year, but has added strength. He graded out better than any other Bulldog offensive lineman in the scrimmages against Shiloh Christian and Booneville.

Check out Thursday's papers for a feature on Thompson.

Is there one lineman in college or NFL you like to watch and model your … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Player Suffers Snake Bite

Rogers High senior Skyler Partain (5-11, 256) was in the mix to earn a starting spot on the offensive line as the Mounties prepared for last week's scrimmage against Little Rock Central. But Partain was sidelined before the scrimmage after being bitten by a poisonous Copperhead snake.

Mounties offensive line coach Rob Bray said Partain is quickly working his way back into the starting mix as Rogers is replacing all five offensive linemen from a year ago. Rogers opens the season Friday at home against Siloam Springs.

Springdale Football Notes

Springdale coach Shane Patrick in fall camp.
Some pre-Greenwood game notes.

  • The Greenwood game is the first of a two-year deal between the schools. Springdale will open the 2015 season with a return game at Greenwood. Springdale’s nonconference schedule will also include Alma and Bixby, Okla., again next year.

  • Springdale coach Shane Patrick on wanting to schedule Greenwood: “We wanted to step up competition and all. But the other side of it is, we still have the reputation, whether deserved or not, today. We just have a hard time … Continue Reading ››

Monday Night Observations

Staff photo Andy Shupe - Justin Fender, Midland Christian tailback, rushed for 183 yards against Highland on Monday.

The prep football season is officially under way in Arkansas following Monday night's Labor Day action.

The two featured games of the hootens.com Classic at Reynolds Razorback Stadium saw a pair of blowouts that went to the Arkansas Activities Association 35-point mercy rule by halftime.

Lincoln, an 11-2 team a year ago, was no match for Class 5A Hot Springs Lakeside in a 36-0 loss. The Wolves were outmanned basically everywhere … Continue Reading ››

Opening Day Recap

High school football returned to Arkansas Monday, with four games featuring teams from the Natural State. All four games were blowouts.

Little Rock Central 38, Dallas Madison (TX) 0

The Tigers traveled to Dallas to take on their first out-of-state opponent since 1982 and came away with a dominant 38-0 victory.

Dallas Madison managed only 87 yards of total offense, while LR Central piled up 362 yards.

Quarterback Cooper Westbrook completed 14-of-25 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns to three different wide receivers: Peyton Stevens, Tom Coulter and Richard Hays.

Hays also had 57 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, finishing the game … Continue Reading ››

Mack Leading Lady Bulldogs

Springdale junior outside hitter Desiree Mack.
Spending a few days of her summer in Minnesota playing in the USA Volleyball Nationals appears to have paid off for Desiree Mack.

The Springdale High junior outside hitter totaled 55 kills for the Lady Bulldogs (2-1) as they opened the season with home matches against Shiloh Christian, Huntsville and Van Buren last week.

Mack had 17 kills in a tough, season-opening five-set loss to Shiloh Christian, but was more aggressive in totaling 18 and 20 kills, respectively, in four-set wins … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Fuller Chandler

Springdale High junior quarterback Fuller Chandler.
Springdale High junior quarterback Fuller Chandler will be counted on to make plays in his second year as a starter.

Chandler threw for 1,110 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rare sophomore starter in the 7A-West last year and will be relied on more both throwing the ball and running this fall. He also plays basketball and baseball for Springdale.

Check out a feature on Chandler in the NWA Media football preview tab in Sunday’s papers.

Who’s your funniest teammate?

Daniel Salas and … Continue Reading ››

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