September 22, 2010

Week Four North West Arkansas Previews

About: Today we are continuing our weekly prep football coverage by previewing some of the top games in North West Arkansas for Week Four of the 2010 Football Season.

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Fayetteville at Bentonville - September 24th

Fayetteville

Last Week: 51-28 victory over Jonesboro

Key Players: QB Brandon Allen, RB Brice Gahagans, WR Chris Smith, TE Demetrius Dean, and DE Devin Bowers

Key Factor: The Purple Dogs offensive line must give Allen time to throw; he is as good as anyone in the state when on his feet, but FHS has struggled to protect him in the past. If they can keep him upright, Allen's arm, along with Gahagans, Smith, and Dean can score enough to stay with the Tigers.

Bentonville

Last Week: 30-7 victory over Texarkana, Texas

Key Players: QB Pearson Gean, RB Garrett Kaufman, OL Marcus Danenhauer, LB Demarcus Murphy, and DB Dakota Baggett

Key Factor: Bentonville needs to control the tempo of the game with their deep stable of running backs, including Kaufman. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers need to get pressure on Allen from their defensive lineman. If they cannot and have to blitz, Allen is good enough to beat the blitz.

Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Bentonville by 14 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Bentonville by 10

Springdale at Har-Ber - September 24th

Springdale

Last Week: 24-17 victory over North Little Rock

Key Players: QB Joseph Calcagni, RB Rahmon Taylor, TE Kempys Robinson, DT Max Montgromery, and S Skyler Moore

Key Factor: Calcagni's had a rough start to his senior season but still has the talent to go for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns on any given night. Whether he shows up Friday night
may determine whether Springdale can stay in the game.

Springdale Har-Ber

Last Week: 28-10 victory over Cabot

Key Players: QB Ryan Luther, RB Gordon Welch, WR Michael Fine, OT Brey Cook, LB Preston Cash, and LB Hunter Kissinger

Key Factor: Har-Ber is much deeper than Springdale on almost every position on the field. It is a rivalry game, so things might not start off great for the Wildcats, but they
need to keep their depth advantage in mind and not overreact if they struggle early.

Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Har-Ber by 14 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Har-Ber by 14

Prairie Grove at Ozark - September 24th

Prairie Grove

Last Week: 14-6 victory over West Fork

Key Players: RB/S Skylar Ellis, FB/LB Stephen Thomas, OT/DT Spencer Brown, and WB/LB Caleb Sugg

Key Factor: The Tigers must use their potent running attack to chew up time on the clock and wear down the Ozark defense. Eventually, Ellis and and Thomas should be able to
find some creases and break off some long runs.

Ozark

Last Week:34-19 loss to Charleston

Key Players: QB/LB Brody Martinez, WR/S Haden Neumeir, OT/DE Colton Jackson, and OG/DT Brian Cline-Karnes

Key Factor: Ozark must use their skill on the outside, specifically Neumeir, to score on Prarie Grove. Jackson and Cline-Karnes will have the task of slowing down Prairie Grove's Wing-T attack.

Brandon Kirkpatrick's Pick: Prairie Grove by6 | Luke Matheson's Pick: Prairie Grove by 10


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