Week 8 Springdale Football Notes

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Springdale coach Shane Patrick.

Some pre-Northside game notes.

  • Week three of Springdale’s brutal three-week stretch against the 7A-West’s best features a matchup at Fort Smith Northside (6-1, 3-1). The Grizzlies may very well be the best team in the conference. They beat Fayetteville in a thriller and lost a close one at Bentonville despite making quite a few errors.
  • Northside’s defense is its strength. It features Arkansas defensive end commit Daytrieon Dean (6-3, 260) and physical linebacker Deontre Hardwick (6-1, 230). Saw a highlight of Hardwick where the other team ran away from him and a guard made it to the second level to block him. Hardwick took a quick step up, lowered a shoulder and de-cleated the lineman. It was violent and impressive.
  • Coach Shane Patrick on Northside’s defense: “They run really, really well. Dean’s really good, there’s no doubt. (Hardwick) is the best one I’ve seen in 15 years. They’re a really good high school defense. At the same time, we think if we go out and execute, we can take advantage of some things and move the football and score some points.”
  • What makes the game intriguing is Springdale’s offense has been explosive most of the year. The Bulldogs average six plays of 20 yards or more each game, but were pretty much completely shut down against Bentonville. They had only 38 yards in the first half, were held to a season-low 197 for the game and didn’t score until the final two minutes. It’ll be interesting to see if they can bounce back against Northside. It’s a tough task.
  • Patrick on the offensive struggles against Bentonville: “We just didn’t play very well. We didn’t run particularly good routes. We didn’t block particularly well. Quarterback didn’t get the ball out on time. Some of the sacks it looked like we were getting pressured, the ball didn’t get out on time, so it makes the O-line look like there’s the problem. But the quarterback was the problem because he didn’t throw the ball on time. Or he tries to throw the ball on time and we didn’t get off the press or run the right route. For whatever reason, we just did not come out and execute offensively like we’ve been doing. And we had some opportunities to make some plays and dropped some balls early. So it was an offensive team deal. We didn’t have anybody who played particularly well offensively.”
  • Springdale’s offense will have to limit turnovers Friday. Been an issue the last few weeks.
  • Stat update: Junior quarterback Fuller Chandler still leads the 7A-West with 1,588 passing yards. Fayetteville sophomore quarterback Taylor Powell is second with 1,053. Senior receiver Salvador Sandoval’s 803 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 46 catches all lead the conference. No other receiver has more than 500 yards.
  • Check out a feature on Sandoval in Thursday’s paper. He joins Chandler, Chris Owens, Desiree Mack and Ryann Goodsell as players I’ve written more than one feature about in the little more than a year I’ve been here.
  • Junior right guard Alex Davis did play his best game of the year against Bentonville. He’s had to handle the position by himself the last few weeks after senior Kaleb Wade (knee) went down.
  • Patrick on a timetable for Wade’s return: “We’re hopeful, the possibility’s there for next week. But I don’t know. After being out this long, it’s hard to think he’s going to just step right back in there and make any kind of big difference in what’s going on.”
  • Senior receiver/safety Zach Burton may play defense for the first time since returning from a knee injury against Fayetteville on Oct. 10.
  • Patrick on Burton playing safety: “He might play a little bit this week. He’s fine, it’s just easing him back in. Your conditioning level falls off when you can’t do things for a few weeks.”
  • Springdale should have junior safety Jorge Alba back this week after a DNP-Coach’s decision against Bentonville. That’s positive news for the defense. Alba is arguably the best defensive player on the team.
  • Senior Jason Martinez started and recorded a team-high 10 tackles in Alba’s place last week. He beat out senior David Swankier for the job.
  • Patrick on the Martinez/Swankier decision: “That was a game-time decision based on the week of practice they had. Martinez is just a better tackler. He’s probably not as good in the passing game, but he ended up being much better in the run game for us.”
  • In addition to Alba’s return, Springdale will also get junior starting defensive end Logan Brown back this week. Turns out, he’s not moving to Florida after all.
  • Patrick on getting Brown back: “He’s been at practice. Obviously we need him. We brought up some sophomores last week to give us some depth.”
  • Defensive end Chris Arevelo (5-10, 185) and defensive tackle Francisco Araujo (5-10, 261) got the varsity call-up last week. Araujo is the biggest sophomore Springdale has.
  • Running back Lucky Bannavong is another sophomore who has been elevated. Bannavong has 26 yards on 11 carries the last two weeks. Hasn’t had a lot of running room, but has made a few really nice cuts.

At Northside at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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