Springdale junior receiver Kyler Williams is the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Player of the Week after torching Bixby, Okla., for 13 catches, 264 yards and two touchdowns in a 57-38 loss.
Williams scored on touchdown catches of 25 and 80 yards, putting together the career-best performance despite missing two of Springdale’s 11 drives with a shoulder stinger.
Through three games, Williams’ 32 catches for 543 yards both easily lead the 7A-West, while he has three touchdown grabs and has totaled 669 all-purpose yards. He has topped the century mark in all three games, finishing with nine catches for 153 yards at Greenwood and 10 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown at Alma.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Clay Barganier, Bentonville: Barganier had four catches for 141 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown catch, in the Tigers’ Tigers’ 37-8 win over Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards. He has emerged in what has been an efficient Bentonville pass game so far, totaling 17 catches for 249 yards and a score in three games.
Jordan Burnett, Gravette: He ran for 190 yards and three scores on 30 carries Friday. Burnett’s final touchdown run came with 1:20 left and proved to be the game-winner in the Lions’ 27-20 win over Jay, Okla.
Kasey Ford, Bentonville: Ford continued his strong early season play, completing 16 of 27 passes for 284 yards with one touchdown and one interception while also running for a score. The senior quarterback also surpassed a milestone, breaking the 4,000-yard mark in the victory.
Luke Hales, Greenwood: The junior quarterback accounted for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 34-24 win over Fort Smith Northside. Hales completed 21 of 29 passes for 250 yards and three scores while also running for 93 yards on 17 carries in the win.
Jack Lindsey, Springdale Lindsey completed 24-of-40 passes for a career-high 402 yards with four touchdowns in Springdale’s loss. For the season, he leads the 7A-West with 920 passing yards.
Cole Self, Greenland: The senior quarterback had a big night to help keep the Pirates undefeated in a 49-32 win against Gentry. Self completed 12 of 16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns while running for 98 yards and two more scores.
Javontae Smith, Fayetteville: The senior running back only carried the ball eight times in Fayetteville’s 56-21 win over Muskogee, Okla., but he made the most of them. Smith finished with 151 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 23 and 63 yards in the third quarter to help put the game out of reach.
Trey Smith, Springdale Har-Ber: Smith hauled in six passes for 115 yards in Har-Ber’s 37-7 win at Conway. The junior scored on a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Fuller Chandler in the second quarter. Through three games, he has 16 catches for 273 yards and four touchdowns.