Springdale’s Kyler Williams is the ARPreps.com Player of the Week for Week 1 of the 2016 high school football season.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder used his 4.5 speed to race for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns on six receptions in a 37-30 win at Conway. It was a rematch of last season’s opening round of the state playoffs, which the Wampus ‘Cats won 42-7.
Williams is the top returning receiver in the 7A-West, so it’s not a surprise to see the senior shine with a big performance to help his team to an even bigger win. Last season, Williams earned All-State honors after finishing with 68 catches for 933 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Rogers High had a pair of star performers during a 45-9 rout of Siloam Springs. Quarterback Max Horton completed 15 of 22 passes for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns while Jeb Brain rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
Springdale Har-Ber’s Logan Collins rushed for 135 yards and two scores on 13 carries while Rogers Heritage’s Dylan Qualls ran for 179 yards and a touchdown in 29 carries.
In 3A/4A action, several players had notable opening games as well.
Shiloh Christian’s Connor Reece completed 17 of 23 passes for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns while also rushing six times for 71 yards and another score in a 35-22 win at Elkins. Teammate Broc Berus rushed 12 times for 88 yards and a touchdown while also snagging three receptions for 54 yards. He hurtled two defenders on his way to the end zone on a 47-yard touchdown catch. On defense, Berus had 10 tackles, including two for loss, to go along with a QB pressure and a pass deflection. Shiloh Christian’s Cole Tutt had a team-high 11 tackles, including one for loss, two sacks and a quarterback pressure.
Despite it coming in a losing effort and getting sacked nine times, Elkins quarterback Jake Strode piled up 271 total yards and 3 touchdowns, including two rushing. He was 11 of 15 passing for 221 yards.
At Prairie Grove, senior Zeke Laird earned strong consideration for POTW honors after passing for 270 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-14 win against rival Farmington. Isaac Disney caught two of Laird’s touchdown throws on receptions of 37 and 67 yards while Clay Fidler caught the other two on receptions of 48 and 15 yards.
In 3A, perhaps no win was bigger than Greenland exacting revenge on a regular-season ending loss a year ago by whipping rival West Fork 28-8. Michael McAdoo rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead score midway through the second quarter, while Chandler Alaniz also caught a pair of touchdowns.