Teams from the 7A-West have, for the most part, controlled the 7A in football. Bentonville earned a title last year. And the Tigers figure to be a strong contender for a championship again this year. But there might (finally) be a few worthy challengers from the 7A-Central, Jim Harris writes in our 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview:
It’s unlikely the scoring explosion of the past few seasons will cease anytime soon for high school teams in the state. Rather, programs that were traditionally line-it-up-and-run are moving to quick-hitting attacks to keep up.
It would be understandable if the eight members of the 7A-West convinced the Arkansas Activities Association to move the classification’s state championship game – heck, make that the semifinals too — to Reynolds Razorback Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus. Playoffs in the state’s highest classification have been dominated by the West for most of the decade.
Every few years the World Cup or Olympics roll around and people in the office act like soccer fans to get out of work. Friends with kids occasionally tell us about Scott or Mya’s latest match. Otherwise, soccer doesn’t get our attention often. But this video caught our eye for a couple of reasons.
From the big-hitting clash between two teams, each who occupied the state's top ranking for 10 weeks, to the unseating of a defending state champ, to the wild scoring in a 4A clash, Week 2 of the Arkansas state high school playoffs had a little of everything. What will week 3 bring? Who will be left standing between Bentonville and Har-Ber, or Batesville and Greenwood? Will Pine Bluff and El Dorado advance to another title clash in 6A?
When its showdown battle with Conway was on the line, and the homestanding and No. 3-ranked Wampus Cats were threatening to pull away, No. 2-ranked Springdale Har-Ber leaned on its defense and kept alive its hopes of defending its 7A state championship.
Round two of the 2010 Arkansas High School Football Playoffs is set for Friday night, and each classification has a couple of games to keep your eyes on. These games highlighted are the ones which could decide how the landscape of the the remaining playoff picture will look.
Forget Van Buren's school district suing the Arkansas Activities Asssociation and its board of directors over its football playoff seeding structure. The folks who should be suing are the state's high school football fans. They are getting short-changed with the current bracket system.
With the last week of the regular season in Arkansas comes a plethora of Thursday night games and less of load on Friday night. Thursday's biggest clash in Arkansas will feature 6A South rivals Pine Bluff and El Dorado meeting at El Dorado's venerable Memorial Stadium.
Though the state champion ultimately will be determined on the field in December, the regular-season No. 1 ranking will be on the line this week when No. 1 and unbeaten Bentonville plays No 3. Springdale Har-Ber.
Conway's magic finally ran out Friday, as the Wampus Cats were upset at Bryant 34-30 in overtime. Springdale Har-Ber and Bentonville both continued their 7A-West onslaught and are headed for a showdown to determine the league champion and top seed for the 7A playoffs, and they are now 1-2 in both the 7A and Natural State Top 10 coaches polls released Monday by ArkansasVarsity.com.
No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Conway was shocked in two overtimes by Bryant 34-30 on Friday night. The winning Hornets, who last year upset Cabot at home, moved to the top of 7A/6A-Central in the process with the win. Here are scores from throughout Arkansas in the seventh week of football.
The 7A and Natural State polls from ArkansasVarsity.com might have seen a shakeup last week at the top, but everything was calm this week. That's even despite No. 3 Bentonville's impressive 63-24 rout of previous Top 10 member Rogers Heritage on Friday. Conway and No. 2 Springdale Har-Ber continued on their winning ways, both rolling to 6-0 records. Har-Ber had been atop the poll until last week, which Conway took over the top spot by vote of the coaches who participate on the polling.
Conway's impressive start to its season, both with its high-scoring offense and stingy defense, impressed the coaches who vote weekly in the ArkansasVarsity.com classification and Natural State Top 10 polls. They've dropped previously Springdale Har-Ber a notch despite the Wildcats starting 5-0 fairly impressively themselves, and placed the Wampus Cats at No. 1 in both the 7A poll and the Natural State Top 10.
Little Rock Central, the most decorated high school program in Arkansas but mired in a 25-game losing streak dating back to the end of the 2007 season, tasted victory finally with a 28-27 win at home over Russellville. Meanwhile Nos. 1-2-3 in the state all stayed unbeaten easily. Here are the scores from Arkansas high school football in week 5.