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Football: Talented Loudermilk at home in Tigers' secondary

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BENTONVILLE -- Bentonville High coach Jody Grant could see the raw talent Jadyn Loudermilk possessed and wanted to put it to good use in more ways than one.

At a glance

Jadyn Loudermilk

SCHOOL Bentonville High

CLASS Senior

POSITION Cornerback

HEIGHT 6-0

WEIGHT 175

NOTABLE Played some as a receiver as a sophomore before he became a two-year starter at his current position. … Main role is to defend against opposing team’s best receiver. … Recorded double-digit tackles in a playoff game against run-oriented Cabot, which caused him to play a little out of his normal position. … His father, Hubert, was a receiver at Arkansas from 1995-98.

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Today’s Matchup

Class 7A State Championsip

North Little Rock vs. Bentonville High

War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock

KICKOFF Noon

RECORDS North Little Rock 12-0; Bentonville 10-2

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BETWEEN THE LINES It’s the seventh meeting between the two schools since 2001. North Little Rock won the first meeting (24-14 in 2006), but Bentonville won the last five, including a 28-21 decision in 2015. … North Little Rock is making its second appearance in the title game after losing last year’s game to Fayetteville. … QB David Chapple has accounted for 34 of the Charging Wildcats’ touchdowns this season (17 rushing, 17 passing). … RB Brandon Thomas is North Little Rock’s leading rusher with 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns on 184 carries, while WR Deontae Montgomery had 32 receptions for 533 yards and eight scores. … This will be the fourth straight time Bentonville has been in the state championship game when it’s played during the afternooon. … The Tigers are 5-2 in Class 7A title games, including back-to-back championships in 2013-14. … Because of the way the state playoff bracket was constructed, Bentonville will serve as the home team. … Senior QB Nathan Lyons enters the game with 2,431 yards and 27 touchdowns on 162-of-251 passing. His leading target is Kam’Ron Mays-Hunt, who has 66 receptions for 1,085 yards and 13 scores.

PLAYERS TO WATCH North Little Rock — QB David Chapple (Sr., 5-10, 150), RB Brandon Thomas (So, 5-11, 181), WR Deontae Montgomery (Sr., 5-7, 145), DT Zavion Moore (Sr., 6-2, 250), PK Savana Melton (Sr., 5-11, 160). Bentonville — WR Kam’Ron Mays-Hunt (Sr., 6-1, 170), TE Tyler Johnson (Sr., 6-1, 200); QB Nathan Lyons (Sr., 5-10, 175), DL Angel Guerrero (Sr., 5-9, 250); DB Jadyn Loudermilk (Sr., 6-0, 175).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS North Little Rock is No. 1 in Class 7A. Bentonville is No. 2.

HOOTEN’S LINE North Little Rock by 6.

OUR TAKE Bentonville 34, North Little Rock 24.

— HENRY APPLE • @NWAHenry

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