Bryant 45 Benton 9By: Luke Matheson
In a game which turned ugly very quickly (Not only was the score ugly, but so was the bench-clearing brawl.), the Bryant Hornets dominated their long time rival in the 2010 Salt Bowl.
Bryant struck first as Tanner Tolbert called his own number on a fake punt, scrambling 43 yards for the score. Another exciting play came with 6:34 remaining in the first half, as Blake Davidson connected with Sawyer Nichols for a 95-yard touchdown to give Bryant a 25-0 advantage.
With the exception of Lucas Haley's sack of Blake Davidson for a safety in the second quarter, Benton's lone score on the night would come after a Wallace Foote 10 yard run in the third quarter to give the Panther's their 9 points on the evening.
With the win, Bryant now holds a 9-2-1 advantage this decade over the the Panthers.
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Bentonville 45 North Little Rock 0By: Brandon Kirkpatrick
In what was billed as one of the top non-conference games in the state this season, the
Bentonville Tigers and Pearson Gean were too much for the North Little Rock Charging
Wildcats, putting the mercy rule into effect with over 9 minutes left in the third quarter. The Tigers, ranked 2nd in class 7A by Arkansas Varsity, relied on Gean's potent right arm and a running back by committee
Gean, Bentonville's senior quarterback, finished the night 12 of 14 for 181 yards and 1 touchdown. Gean also finished the night with 61 yards on the ground on only 8 carries. Backup quarterback Dallas Hardison, a junior, was also very impressive on the night, completing 3 of 5 passes for 66 yards.
Senior running back Garrett Kaufman was the Tiger's workhouse close the goal line, finishing the night with 45 yards on 12 carries and 3 touchdowns. Sophomore Tearris Wallace, the lightning to Kaufman's thunder, gained 47 yards on 8 carries and a touchdown, while junior Alberto Hernandez gained 32 yards on 8 carries and a touchdown. As a team, the Tiger gained
189 yards on the ground on 39 carries, five of the those carries resulting in a touchdown.
Gean's primary target on the night was senior wide receiver Austin Molitor, who caught 4 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Junior Mason Snow was effective as well, gaining 67 yards on just 3 catches, led by a 41 yard run after catching a bubble pass.
The Wildcats offense could not find much success, gaining just 152 total yards of offense and failing to enter Bentonville territory until halfway in the third quarter, never getting past the Tiger
Charleston 41 Clarksville 27By: Brandon Kirkpatrick
For three quarters Thursday night, the Clarksville Panthers were able to trade punches with the Charleston Tigers and trailed only 7 points heading into the 4th quarter Thursday night at the University
of Arkansas' Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Charleston physical running attack eventually got to them, however, and the Tigers pulled away in the 4th quarter for a 41-27 victory.
Returning All-State Tiger running back Ryan McDonald rushed for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns, while first year starter and junior quarterback Dustin Shelby added 111 yards and 3 touchdowns on the
ground and 113 yards through the air on just 8 attempts.
"We're in real good shape," Charleston head coach Doug Loughridge said after the game. "We knew
coming into this game that they had better numbers than us, and we have guys going both ways. Every one of our skill guys play offense and defense. We go into two-a-days like we're getting ready for cross country."
It showed late in the first half, as well as the fourth quarter, as Charleston put together a 13 play drive, scoring on a 8 yard scamper by Shelby with 52 seconds left in the half to take a 20-13 lead going into
the locker rooms. Charleston would fail to score on its first possession of the second half, but their physical nature would get to the Panthers as they reeled off six consecutive runs on their second drive
of the second half to take a 27-13 lead with 6:06 left in the third quarter.
Clarksville would respond with their best drive of their night, a 13 play drive covering 76 yards, aided by 20 yards in penalties by the Tigers. Facing a 4th and 1 from the Charleston 41 yard line early in the
drive, Panther quarterback Trey Shucker would convert on a quarterback keeper. Shucker would then find wide receiver Jordan Bateman in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown and the Panthers closed the gap to 27-20 with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Tigers would quickly respond, traveling 66 yards in 6 plays, capped by a 9 yard run by Shelby and a good two point conversion to take a 35-20 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. A quick 3 and out by the Panthers gave the Tigers good field position at the Panthers 41 yard line and McDonald would score his third touchdown of the night on the sixth play on the drive on a 27 yard carry, giving the Tigers a 21 point lead with 6:30 left in the 4th.
Clarksville would couple together a last minute drive, as backup quarterback Andre Redman found Taylor Hart on 25 yard post route with a second left to finish the scoring at 41-27.
"Physically, they just wore us down in the second half," said Panther Head Coach Michael
Banning. "They got in there toe-to-toe and just took us down the field. We had some bright spots. We'll get it going. I feel good about some of the things in the ball game."
Clarksville's top prospect, Wesleigh Foster, was held quiet on the night by the Tigers, rushing 5 times for -1 yard and catching two passes for 16 yards. Charleston focused their defense on him early and
often, having McDonald shadow him all night long. Panther quarterback Trey Schucker finished the night 14 of 27 for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Monticello 56 Hamburg 26
Monticello running back Ryan Handley had a big night in the Billies dominating win over Hamburg. Handley would run the ball 18 times for 235 yards and four touchdowns. Reggie Rayford also had a big night, carrying the ball 10 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Hamburg quarterback Austin Fitts completed 14 of his 27 passes for 134 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while Chaudrion Hughes led the Lions with 66 yards on 16 carries and 2 touchdowns.
Dollarway 20 Gosnell 7
Dollarway running back Treyvon Daniels had a big night, running the ball 25 times for 134 yards and a touchdown, as he Cardinals start the season on the right track by defeating Gosnell 20-7. Quarterback Tevin Tyson would also contribute, as he went 9-of-17 for 117 yards with one passing and one rushing touchdown. Gosnell would see promise in running back B.J. Allen who had 19 carries, 75 yards and a touchdown
Warren 27 Fordyce 26
The Lumberjacks made a last quarter comeback, and relied on a two-point-conversion to shock the Red Bugs in week one action. The Lumberjacks may have found their quarterback, as DeMarcus Colbert completed 18-of-23 passes for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receivers Jalen Cobb and Allen Tatum would both have big nights, pulling in passes a key points in the game, to include Cobb's 30 yard reception on 4th and 23 late in the game. Tatum would bring in the winning catch on a fade route as the Jacks went for a two-point-conversion for the win.
Pine Bluff 55 FS Northside 35
Jawahn Hunt had 372 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the Zebras to a huge win over Fort Smith Northside. On the opposite side of the field, Northside QB Tanner Knight was 43-of-74 passing for 537 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Week One ScoresClass 7A/6A
Ashdown 55, LR McClellan 0
Bentonville 45, North LR 0
Bryant 45, Benton 9
Cabot 28, Jacksonville 14
Conway 53, FS Southside 35
Earle 40, LR Fair 6
El Dorado 43, Camden Fairview 13
Fayetteville 49, Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway 0
Har-Ber 63, Stillwater, Okla. 20
Harrison 28, Sheridan 14
Heritage 65, West Helena 6
Jonesboro 24, Greene Co. Tech 19
Lake Hamilton 34, LR Hall 0
Mills 28, LR Parkview 20
Mountain Home 31, Nettleton 15
Neosho, Mo. 32, Rogers 0
Pine Bluff 51, FS Northside 34
Russellville 28, Morrilton 20
Searcy 56, North Pulaski 0
Springdale 43, LR Catholic 35
Texarkana 32, LR Central 19
Van Buren 38, Alma 7
West Memphis 34, Forrest City 13
Wynne 21, Marion 18
Batesville 41, Newport 14
Blytheville 34, Osceola 26
Farmington 34, Huntsville 14
Greenbrier 39, Beebe 13
Greenwood 33, Sallisaw, Okla. 8
HS Lakeside 22, White Hall 15
Magnolia 35, Crossett 7
Malvern 14, Arkadelphia 6
Monticello 56, Hamburg 26
Nashville 45, Hope 9
Pulaski Academy 59, CAC 33
Pulaski Oak Grove 48, LR Christian 6
Pulaski Robinson 42, Hot Springs 21
Shiloh Christian 54, Watson Chapel 22
Siloam Springs 48, Claremore (Okla.) Sequoyah 14
Valley View 14, Paragould 6
Vilonia 42, Sylvan Hills 14
Bald Knob 48, Pocahontas 17
Barton 40, DeWitt 13
Booneville 42 , Ozark 21
Cedar Ridge 38, Southside Batesville 36
Charleston 41, Clarksville 27
Clinton 57, Marshall 18
Danville 35, Dardanelle 28
Dollarway 20, Gosnell 7
Dover 33, Two Rivers 13
Dumas 28, Mayflower 14
Elkins 25, Pea Ridge 8
Glen Rose 54, Bauxite 28
Gravette 28, Jay, Okla. 0
Heber Springs 34, Mountain View 7
Highland 28, Cave City 0
Lake Village 45, Marvell 0
Lonoke 38, Star City 29
Mansfield 22, Waldron 14
McGehee 23, Stuttgart 22
Mena 30, DeQueen 7
Pottsville 34, Atkins 7
Prairie Grove 42, Lavaca 29
Rivercrest 40, Trumann 6
Salem 36, Jonesboro Westside 6
Subiaco Academy 42, Lamar 14
Warren 27, Fordyce 26
Yellville-Summit 21, Berryville 20
Arkansas Baptist 56, Conway Christian 20
Benton Harmony Grove 35, Poyen 14
Bismarck 27, Murfreesboro 7
Camden Harmony Grove 34, Bearden 14
Carlisle 28, Riverview 6
Clarendon 40, Brinkley 14
Cross County 24, Harrisburg 14
Cutter M. Star 20, Western Yell Co. 18
Dierks 34, Centerpoint 20
Drew Central 33, Hermitage 6
Foreman 28, Genoa Central 20
Greenland 26, Union Christian 16
Harding Academy 28, Fountain Lake 20
Hoxie 38, Episcopal Collegiate 27
Jessieville 35, Mountain Pine 8
Magazine 6, West Fork 3
Mineral Springs 40, Fouke 13
Mountainburg 21, Cedarville 14
Norphlet 31, Smackover 12
Paris 48, Green Forest 6
Perryville 28, Bigelow 27
Piggott 34, Marked Tree 14
Prescott 34, Gurdon 7
Rison 31, Junction City 7
Rose Bud 39, Quitman 33
Spring Hill 42, Lafayette County 8
Walnut Ridge 38, Corning 0
Westville, Okla. 40, Lincoln 13
EPC 34, Palestine-Wheatley 20
Fordyce JV 33, Hampton 27
Gore (Okla). 26 , Hackett 20
Hazen 48, Augusta 20
Horatio 21, Woodlawn 18
J.C. Westside 28, Hector 6
Magnet Cove 20, Mount Ida 7
McCrory 43, Hughes 8
Parkers Chapel 20, Des Arc 14
Strong 36, England 29
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