NWADG Prep Rally Football Preview


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21 PREP RALLY: CLASS 6A | 8.20.2023 We'll Beat Our Competitors' Prices by 10%! * SUPPLEMENTS • FITNESS EQUIPMENT • ACCESSORIES APPAREL • RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL www.ytfs.com FAYETTEVILLE | 4795213481 ROGERS | 4796339837 FORT SMITH | 4795512799 LITTLE ROCK | 5019549837 * Some restrictions apply. CLASS 6A GREENWOOD BULLDOGS 2022 RECORD 10-3 overall, 7-1 6A-West COACH Chris Young RETURNING STARTERS 7 offense, 9 defense KEY PLAYERS WR L.J. Robins (Sr., 5-10, 160); OL Ryan Shortes (Sr., 5-10, 275); DL Brady Pettigrew (Sr., 6-0, 230); DB Braden Skaggs (Sr., 5-8, 165); DB Brady Mackey (Sr., 5-10, 170) NOTABLE Young begins his fourth season as head coach … The Bulldogs have appeared in three straight state championship games but have lost the last two — to El Dorado two years ago and to Pulaski Academy last year. … The Bulldogs averaged 462 yards and 42.1 points per game last year in going 10-3, sharing the 6A-West championship. … Receivers Grant Karnes (95 receptions, 1,287 yards and 15 touchdowns) and Robins (85-1,051-13) were among the best in the state last year. … The offense will be entrusted to sophomore quarterback Kane Archer, who threw for 708 yards and eight touchdowns as a backup last year, but he led comebacks against Northside and Pulaski Academy after forced into service because of injuries. … Greenwood returns the entire defensive line. QUOTABLE "We had some great things last year with a young football team, but we felt like we had a chance to finish it and we didn't get it done. That always leaves a taste in your mouth. We were a young football team last year and the benefit of that is we have a lot of experience coming back." – Young. SCHEDULE Aug. 25 ...... Stillwater, Okla. Sept. 29 ............... Greenbrier* Sept. 1 ....... at FS Northside Oct. 13 ....... at Lake Hamilton* Sept. 8 ....... at Mountain Home* Oct. 20 ................ Russellville* Sept. 15 ..... Siloam Springs* Oct. 27 .... at Pulaski Academy* Sept. 22 ..... at Van Buren* Nov. 3 .... Little Rock Christian* * — Denotes 6A-West Conference game All kickoffs 7 p.m. unless noted SCHEDULE ug. 25......... Rogers Heritage Sept. 29 ........... at Russellville* Sept. 1 ....... at Alma Oct. 6 .......... Pulaski Academy* Sept. 8 ....... Greenbrier* Oct. 13 ........... at LR Christian* Sept. 15 ..... at Greenwood* Oct. 20 ..........Mountain Home* Sept. 22 ..... Lake Hamilton* Nov. 3 ................at Van Buren* * — Denotes 6A-West Conference game All kickoffs 7 p.m. unless noted SILOAM SPRINGS PANTHERS 2022 RECORD 0-10, 0-8 6A-West COACH Brandon Craig RETURNING STARTERS 5 offense, 5 defense KEY PLAYERS RB Jed Derwin (Sr., 5-8, 210), WR Cameron Stafford (Sr., 6-1, 183), OL Noah Race (Sr., 5-11, 257), OL Brock Gold (Sr., 5-10, 265), DL Justin Burton (Sr., 5-7, 268), LB George LeRoy (Sr., 5-10, 196), LB Josiah Thompson (Jr., 6-0, 185), DB Anthony Sandoval (Sr., 5-10, 187). NOTABLE Junior Dane Marlatt and sophomore Jonathan Hyde have been splitting reps at quarterback after 2022 starter Jackson Still transfered to Colcord, Okla. … Running back Jed Derwin rushed for 504 yards last season. … The Panthers are excited about Josiah Thompson, junior linebacker, who didn't play as a sophomore but came back out as a junior. … The Panthers have an experienced group of wide receiers including seniors Stafford, senior Quinten Motsinger and junior Mikey McKinley, who will play both ways. … Race and Gold return on the offensive line. … Siloam Springs played a large number of sophomores in their 2022 season. … Siloam Springs has lost 17 consecutive games with its last victory a 53-14 win over Pea Ridge on Sept. 17, 2021. QUOTABLE "Our guys are really competing in every position. We've got a little bit of competition going on for positions, so that makes things great. Just overall our kids have responded. They're flying around. They're busting their tails every day. We've had a really good camp." — Craig. VAN BUREN POINTERS 2022 RECORD 2-8, 2-6 6A-West COACH Moe Henry RETURNING STARTERS 5 offense, 5 defense KEY PLAYERS QB Bryce Perkins (Sr., 6-1, 175); C Chasen Thibodeaux (Sr., 5-11, 187); LB Uriah Henson (Sr., 5-11, 200); LB Kolton Sims (Sr., 5-8, 178); DB Peyton Pschier (Sr., 5-10, 165) NOTABLE Henry begins his second season as head coach. … The Pointers averaged 342 yards and 28 points per game last year. … Van Buren opened 6A-West play with a 40-14 win over Greenbrier, then lost six straight before romping past Siloam Springs, 56-21, in the season finale. … Van Buren was tied with Greenwood and driving right before the half, and held second-half leads against Russellville and Mountain Home before losing. … Perkins threw for 1,698 yards and 19 touchdowns last year. … Junior Cameron Keller led the Pointers in rushing with 130 carries for 566 yards and three scores. … Pschier is a two-way standout, catching 34 passes for 485 yards and three touchdowns while leading the team in tackles with 40 solos and 33 assists. He also blocked a punt. QUOTABLE "I'm very excited about our offense and their ability that they're going to be efficient and hopefully put up points. I've been very impressed with our offensive look. This time of year everybody is excited about football because everybody has been putting in work and visualizing the best versions of themselves so everybody is excited about going to put their best foot forward. With us, it's still hammering on controlling what we can control." – Henry. SCHEDULE Aug. 24 ...... Alma Oct. 6 ................... Russellville* Sept. 1 ....... FS Southside Oct. 13 .... at Pulaski Academy* Sept. 15 ..... at Greenbrier* Oct. 20 ............... LR Christian* Sept. 22 ..... Greenwood* Oct. 27 ......at Mountain Home* Sept. 29 ..... at Lake Hamilton* Nov. 3 ...... Siloam Springs* * — Denotes 6A-West Conference game All kickoffs 7 p.m. unless noted Eli Whitaker Brayedan Davis Bryce Perkins Alex Welborn LJ Robins Joshua Allen Ethan Hurst Chasen Thibodeaux Riley White Quinten Motsinger Cameron Stafford Noah Race Justin Burton Best n Continued from Page 18 Greenwood in the conference game but won the rematch in the championship game. Little Rock Christian finished tied for third with Lake Hamilton and lost in the second round to Little Rock Catholic, the 6A-East champion. e addition of Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian that formed a nine- team conference was felt throughout the conference. "As a competitor I embrace that, I enjoy that to go and compete against those guys," Van Buren coach Moe Henry said. "I want to instill that into our players to be excited to go and play them." e conference this year will feature Little Rock Christian quarterback Walker White, a senior who has already committed to Auburn. Greenwood sophomore Kane Archer will be the full-time starter and brings as many accolades as any player in the state to the starting role. Other top quarterbacks returning are Cade Yates of Mountain Home, Bryce Perkins of Van Buren and Easton Hurley of Lake Hamilton. Kenny Jordan of Pulaski Academy, Tracy Daniels of Russellville, and Ronny Anokye of Little Rock Christian will be the top running backs in the conference. Greenwood's receiving quartet of L.J. Robins, Grant Karnes, Peyton Presson and Isaiah Arrington will be among the best in the state. Siloam Springs looks to get back on track aer an 0-10 season in 2022. Coach Brandon Craig, who's in his sixth season, has a revamped coaching staff and it's reflected on the team in the offseason and fall camp. "I've got four new coaches and they're really all excellent football coaches," Craig said. "ey really want their position to excel, so when you have that you have coaches that are pushing their players in every area. I can see it showing up on the field."

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