Friday's Matchups: October 13, 2017

7A-West Conference

Bentonville West at Springdale Har-Ber

Wildcat Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Bentonville West 6-0, 3-0; Har-Ber 5-1, 2-1.

ON THE AIR Bentonville West — bentonvillesportsnetwork.com livestream. Har-Ber — Springdale Public Schools livestream.

BETWEEN THE LINES Har-Ber won the first meeting between the two schools, 45-0 last year at Tiger Stadium. … West’s overall record climbed above the .500 mark for the first time in school history with last week’s 45-29 victory at Springdale High. The Wolverines are now 10-9. … West junior QB Will Jarrett has completed 100 of 151 passes for 1,854 yards and 18 touchdowns with just one interception. He’s also ran for five touchdowns. … West RB Tyreese Smallwood enjoyed his best game of the season when he ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns last week against Springdale and had another 60-yard run for a score negated by a penalty. … WR Jadon Jackson caught three touchdown passes last week, giving him seven for the season. … Junior PK Blake McDoulett has hit 6 of 7 field goals, with a long of 43 yards, and hit 32 of 33 of his extra-point kicks. … Har-Ber, which dropped a 24-21 decision to Bentonville last week, needs a win this week to have a chance of winning at least a share of another conference title. … Despite throwing three interceptions last week, Har-Ber QB Grant Allen leads the 7A-West in passing touchdowns. He is also Har-Ber’s leading rusher through six weeks. … While the offenses on both sides are the storyline entering tonight, Har-Ber and West also have the conference’s top rushing defenses. The Wildcats have allowed 634 rushing yards this season, and West 635. Har-Ber also has the top defense against the pass. West rolls in with the league’s top-ranked passing game. … Har-Ber RB Payton Copher has rushed for 157 yards – more than half his season total – the last two weeks, providing a much-needed lift in the run game. He also had a TD reception vs. Bentonville last week. … Har-Ber sits at +1 in the turnover margin in league play thanks to eight takeaways in three games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH West — QB Will Jarrett (Jr., 6-0, 160); WR Jadon Jackson (Jr., 6-1, 170); OL Michael Toney (Sr., 6-2, 299); WB/LB Hunter Swoboda (Sr., 6-4, 225), DB Jason Gloeckler (Sr., 6-0, 160). Har-Ber — QB Grant Allen (Jr., 6-0, 175), RB Payton Copher (Sr., 6-0, 180), WR Bryton Cook (Sr., 5-10, 180), DL Alejandro Ramirez (Sr., 6-3, 280), DB Blaze Brothers (Sr., 5-10, 170).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Bentonville West is No. 5 in Class 7A. Har-Ber is No. 3.

HOOTEN’S LINE Har-Ber by 14.

OUR TAKE Har-Ber 35, West 27.


Springdale High at Bentonville High

Tiger Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Springdale 4-2, 1-2; Bentonville 4-2, 3-0.

ON THE AIR Har-Ber — Springdale Public Schools livestream. Bentonville — bentonvillesportsnetwork.com livestream

BETWEEN THE LINES Bentonville owns a 12-4 advantage in the series dating back to 2001, and the Tigers have won the last 10 meetings, including a 38-0 victory last year in Springdale. … Bentonville senior QB Nathan Lyons has accounted for seven TDs (six passing, one rushing) and has no turnovers during 7A-West Conference play. … Tigers RB Easton Miller had 131 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown — his seventh of the season — last week against Springdale Har-Ber. He also threw a 35-yard pass to Harrison Campbell, whose touchdown was negated by a penalty downfield. … Kam’Ron Mays-Hunt picked up his team-high third interception last week, one of three passes Bentonville’s defense picked off last week. … Springdale caps its toughest three-game stretch (Har-Ber, West, Bentonville) of the season tonight. Last week, the Red’Dogs totaled 415 yards of offense against West in a 45-29 loss. … QB Layne Hutchins had his best game of the season statistically in Week 6, throwing for a season-high 232 yards and three touchdowns. WR Jaden Cornelius had a 29-yard TD catch vs. West, giving Springdale 10 scoring plays of 20+ yards this season, good for second among 7A-West teams. … RB Garrett Vaughan, who broke his hand in Springdale’s win at Russellville in Week 3, could be an option on defense for the Red’Dogs in the secondary. RB Jonathan Lopez suffered an ankle injury last week vs. West, but should be OK to play. Sophomore Darrell Parchman could see his role increase tonight.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Springdale — QB Layne Hutchins (Sr., 5-11, 185), QB Will Mueller (Jr., 6-1, 190), WR Kamond Robinson (Sr., 5-10, 165), DL Isaiah Nichols (Sr., 6-4, 275), DB Jajuan Boyd (So., 5-10, 150). Bentonville — WR Kam’Ron Mays-Hunt (Sr., 6-1, 170), TE Tyler Johnson (Sr., 6-1, 200); RB Easton Miller (Sr., 5-10, 175), DL Angel Guerrero (Sr., 5-9, 250); DB Jadyn Loudermilk (Sr., 6-0, 175).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Springdale is No. 8 in Class 7A. Bentonville is No. 4.

HOOTEN’S LINE Bentonville by 10.

OUR TAKE Bentonville 31, Springdale 14


Fayetteville at Rogers Heritage

David Gates Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Fayetteville 2-4, 1-2; Rogers Heritage 1-5, 1-2.

ON THE AIR Rogers —KHEL-FM 97.3; Fayetteville — KQSM-FM 92.1, Fayetteville Bulldogs Athletics livestream.

BETWEEN THE LINES Rogers Heritage snapped a seven-game losing streak by earning a tough overtime win over Van Buren last week. … Running back Dylan Qualls scored the touchdown and added the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime. … Qualls also made six tackles (four solos) playing linebacker with a sack and a pass breakup. … Qualls is one of top rushers in the area, running for 744 yards on just 98 carries (7.6 avg) and five TDs. … Fayetteville, the two-time defending state champions, snapped a four-game losing streak with last week’s 52-14 win against Rogers High. … The Bulldogs are averaging 31.5 points and 406 yards per game. They’re also averaging more than six yards per play. … Quarterback Darius Bowers completed 29 of 40 passes for 472 yards and accounted for six touchdowns (one rushing) during last week’s win. The junior first-year starter has completed more than 62 percent of his passes for 1,862 yards with 15 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. … Seniors Cody Gray and Kris Mulinga have combined for 106 receptions for 1,392 yards, which equates to nearly 75 percent of the Bulldogs’ passing game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Heritage — QB Trey Kitterman (Sr., 6-1, 226), RB/LB Dylan Qualls (Sr., 6-0, 191), WR Jay De La Rosa (Sr., 5-8, 140), TB/CB Ty Graser (Jr., 5-6, 150), WR Zach Gall (Sr., 5-10, 1740), DE Jheovany Hernandez (Sr., 5-11, 192). Fayetteville — QB Darius Bowers (Jr., 6-2, 190), WR Cody Gray (Sr., 6-0, 170), WR Kris Mulinga (Sr., 6-2, 180), FS Will Litzinger (6-1, 180), DE Dotson Schaefer (Sr., 6-4, 240).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Fayetteville is No. 7 in Class 7A; Heritage is No. 15.

HOOTEN’S LINE Fayetteville by 16.

OUR TAKE Fayetteville 42, Rogers Heritage 14.


Rogers High at Van Buren

Blakemore Field

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Rogers High 4-2, 1-2; Van Buren 0-6, 0-3.


BETWEEN THE LINES The Mounties will try to bounce back drom a 52-14 loss in a game they surrendered the final 31 points. … Van Buren lost its 10th straight game last week, falling in overtime at Rogers Heritage. … The Pointers never led until they scored on Walter Green’s short run to begin overtime, trailing 14-0 early and 21-14 in the fourth quarter. … Green finished with a game-high 192 yards and three touchdowns. … Pointers QB Caleb Salisbury combined for more than 200 yards passing and running. … The Mounties offense has relied mostly on the passing of sophomore quarterback Hunter Loyd, who has thrown for 1,254 yards and seven TDs. … Senior Colin McWhorter is a favorite target with 46 catches for 515 yards and a touchdown.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Rogers — QB Hunter Loyd (So., 6-3, 195), RB Colin McWhorter (Sr., 5-9, 170), WR/DB Andrew McGlynn (Sr., 6-4, 190) , DL/RB Aaron Jones (Sr., 6-1, 235), OL Dusty Schureman (Sr., 6-2, 243).Van Buren — RB Walter Green (Sr., 5-8, 165); DT Nathan Westbrook (Sr., 6-1, 315); WR Logan Humphreys (Jr., 6-5, 210); OLB Issac Lipe (Sr., 6-2, 230); DB Isaac Davis (Jr., 5-9, 171), QB Caleb Salisbury (Sr., 6-3, 200).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Rogers High is No. 11 in Class 7A; Van Buren is No. 16.

HOOTEN’S LINE Rogers by 4.

OUR TAKE Rogers High 35, Van Buren 21

Class 5A

Allen Holland Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Vilonia 0-6, 0-3; Farmington 2-4, 1-2

ON THE AIR Live stream at pgtelco.com/farmington sports

BETWEEN THE LINES Last week, Vilonia lost 42-14 against Harrison while Farmington lost 41-33 at Greenbrier. … The Eagles are the only winless team remaining in the 5A-West and have been outscored by an average of 42-7 in conference play. … Their narrowest margin of defeat — in all games — was by 11 points when they lost 29-18 at Greene County Tech in the season opener. … Vilonia runs a Wing-T offense and is averaging 240 yards rushing per game. … Senior Isiah Rocha is averaging 108.2 yards per game and had a season-high 172 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20 carries in a 47-27 loss against Pottsville in Week 2. … Senior Caleb Williams is the Cardinals’ offensive catalyst and has found running room behind 300-pound linemen Zach Newman and Sam Stevens. Williams has four games of rushing for 100 or more yards. … Greenbrier stacked the box to stop Williams last week, which allowed senior quarterback Trey Waggle to complete 16 of 24 passes for a career-high 385 yards and 3 touchdowns.s

PLAYERS TO WATCH Vilonia — RB Isiah Rocha (Sr., 5-11, 205), QB Jordan Britton (Jr., 5-11, 185), DE Clay Kellett (Sr., 6-1, 200), CB Triston Milligan (Sr., 5-10, 180), CB Cody Mitchell (Sr., 5-10, 174). Farmington — RB Caleb Williams (Sr., 5-9, 185), OL Zach Newman (Sr., 6-3, 305), OL Sam Stevens (Sr., 6-3, 300), DB/RB Javan Jowers (Sr., 6-0, 175), DE Michael Sellers (Sr., 6-1, 205).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Vilonia is No. 26 in Class 5A; Farmington is No. 22.

HOOTEN’S LINE Farmington by 11.

OUR TAKE Farmington 35, Vilonia 20


Class 4A

Prairie Grove at Pea Ridge

Blackhawk Stadium

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Prairie Grove 6-0, 3-0; Pea Ridge 6-0, 3-0

ON THE AIR The game will be live-streamed at pgtelco.com/prairie grove sports

BETWEEN THE LINES The game that everyone in the 4A-1 Conference has had circled on their calendars is finally here, and both teams come in without a loss. Prairie Grove pounded Shiloh Christian last week 35-21, although the game was close for three quarters and wasn’t decided until a late pick-6. Pea Ridge outscored Gravette 42-28 but the defense had issues as Gravette RB Austin O’Brien rushed for 283 yards. … Prairie Grove brings a 25-game regular season win streak into the game and has dominated this matchup for more than a decade. … The Tigers have a powerful team that punishes opponents with a strong run game and an experienced, swarming defense. … Pea Ridge’s offense is outstanding with top skill position players all over the field, but the Blackhawks’ defense is young. … While the run game is Prairie Grove’s forte, the Tigers can throw. Senior QB John David Elder has improved each week and has weapons in twins Stone and Colin Bryant. … Pea Ridge RB Drew Winn has rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 17 TDs. … The Blackhawks senior WRs Hayden Holtgrewe and Jordan Witcher have combined for 70 catches. The winner of this game likely wins the 4A-1 Conference title and the coveted home-field playoff advantage that comes with it.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Prairie Grove — RB Anthony Johnson (Sr., 5-9, 190), QB John David Elder (Sr., 6-2, 160), LB Dustin Burton (Sr., Sr., 6-0, 215), TE/DE Demarkus Cooper (Sr., 6-0, 250). Pea Ridge — QB Jakota Sainsbury (Sr., 5-11, 180), RB Drew Winn (Sr., 6-0, 180), LB Tristin Brewer (Sr., Jr., 5-7, 193), SS Carson Rhine (Jr., 5-10, 160), WR Hayden Holtgrewe (Sr., 6-1, 170).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Prairie Grove is No. 5 in Class 4A; Pea Ridge is No. 2.

HOOTEN’S LINE Prairie Grove by 2.

OUR TAKE Pea Ridge 24, Prairie Grove 20.


Class 3A

Clinton at Elkins

John Bunch Field

KICKOFF 7 p.m.

RECORDS Clinton 6-0, 3-0; Elkins 5-1, 3-0.


BETWEEN THE LINES The top two teams in the 3A-1 Conference square off with the winner likely winning the league title. Clinton comes in after crushing Melbourne 39-12, and Elkins hammered Marshall. … Elkins’ only loss this season was to Shiloh Christian in the opener. Since then the Elks have rolled to five straight wins. … Sophomore QB Quinn McClain has been solid for the Elks this season, completing 69 of 112 passes for 1,262 yards and 14 TDs. … The Elks have offensive playmakers in junior RB Chance Jones (77-604, 10 TDs) and WRs Layne Evans (26-510) and Chad Graham (21-425). … Clinton has a strong run game with six players having rushed for at least 119 yards. Sophomore Sky Davidson leads the way with 44 carries for 347 yards. … LB Caleb Bowman anchors a tough Yellowjackets defense with 56 tackles. Clinton has allowed just 42 points this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH Clinton — RB Sky Davidson (So., 5-10, 180), QB Weston Amos (So., 5-10, 165), LB Caleb Bowman (Jr., 6-3, 230). Elkins — QB Quinn McClain (So., 6-2, 190), RB Chance Jones (Jr., 6-1, 180), WR Layne Evans (Sr., 5-10, 160), WR CHad Graham (Jr., 5-10, 140).

HOOTEN’S RANKINGS Clinton is No. 4 in Class 3A; Elkins is No. 20.

HOOTEN’S LINE Clinton by 10.

OUR TAKE Clinton 32, Elkins 14.


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