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3/14/2022

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3/14/2022

The Bryant Hornets carried the comeback theme to a fourth consecutive state championship Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium. The Hornets, who overcame a 29-17 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Conway 32-29 for the 7A Central championship and a 10-0 deficit to beat North Little Rock 28-13 in the 7A semifinals, overcame a 38-35 deficit with 4:07 left to beat Fayetteville 42-38 for their fourth title in a row in front of a crowd of 8,571. “That’s why they put 48 minutes on the clock for a reason,” said Bryant coach Buck James. “We played all the way to the end and that is a way of life of doing things as a Bryant Hornet. “I really don’t know what to say. Four in a row is unbelievable. We didn’t play well for a while, but Fayetteville had a lot to do with that. This game could have gone either way, but our kids found a way to win.” Carson Burnett completed a 36-yard pass to Mytorian Singleton, who had 6 catches for 115 yards, with 1:53 left to put the Hornets ahead for good after Stephen Fuller made the extra point. The touchdown capped off a 6-play, 80-yard drive in which they converted a fourth-and-three with Burnett throwing 27 yards to Singleton to move the ball to the Fayetteville 41. Singleton caught the ball over the middle, bounced off a couple tacklers and got down the left sideline. “Carson’s a winner,” James said of his quarterback, who completed 12-of-20 passes for 197 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. “Coach (Kirk) Bock has done a great job working with him. He’s like a fullback, linebacker playing quarterback.” The Hornets defense helped seal the victory three plays later when Ivory Gilmore hit Fayetteville quarterback Bladen Fike and Will Diggins, who is a regular starter on the offensive line and was playing both ways, recovered the ball with 1:15 left. After running three plays to run the clock down 17 seconds, Burnett punted the ball away. Fike, who completed 21-of-46 passes for 473 yards with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, completed a pass for 28 yards to Hayes Robinson and then tossed a Hail Mary to the end zone which was batted away at the goal line as time expired to secure the victory. Fayetteville took its only lead of the game with 4:07 left when Fike scored from two yards out and threw to Isaiah Sategna for the two-point conversion. The score came after completions of 22 yards to Christian Setzer and 41 yards to Jaison DeLamar got the ball down to the 2-yard line. “Bladen had a slow start tonight, but settled in,” Fayetteville coach Casey Dick said. “I know this was new to a lot of our kids and Bryant has been here four years in a row and used to this stage. “I think our kids played hard, but came up short. Hats off to Bryant. I couldn’t be more proud of our kids in the effort they showed tonight.” The game featured momentum swings with seven turnovers. [Bryant and 2 and Fayetteville had 5.] Bryant scored touchdowns off an interception and a blocked field goal. The Hornets defense had five sacks with Jaylon Brown collecting two. The Hornets won the game despite being outgained 558-432 and holding the ball for 15 fewer plays (60-75). “Momentum swings happen in big games like this,” Dick said. The Hornets took a 7-0 lead at the 4:41 mark of the first quarter when Chris Gannaway, who rushed for 197 yards on 20 carries, scored from 16 yards out and Fuller added the extra point. One play later, with Drake Fowler standing in the middle of the field, he intercepted Fike and ran it back 27 yards to the left side of the field 12 seconds later. Fuller added the extra point to make it 14-0. Three plays after a Fayetteville punt, Jayson Johnson pressured Burnett and Brooks Yurachek intercepted the pass at the Hornets 47 at the 1:53 mark of the first quarter. One play later, Fike found Sategna, who had eight passes for 168 yards down the left side of the field for a 47-yard touchdown pass. A bad snap on the extra point prevented Nathan Katchel from attempting the kick and the Hornets maintained a 7-6 lead. After a Bryant punt, Fayetteville kept the ball for eight plays before Fike, who was under pressure, was intercepted by Jonah Brewster in the right corner of the end zone at the 8:49 mark of the second quarter After a Bryant punt, Fayetteville closed to 14-13 when Fike found Jalen Blackburn, who had 5 catches for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns, down the right side for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Katchel’s kick was good, keeping the Hornets up 14-13. Four plays later, Kaiden Turner intercepted Burnett, who returned the ball 21 yards to the Bryant 37. After consecutive sacks by Gilmore and Brown, Fike threw 12 yards to Sategna and 20 yards to Blackburn, getting the ball to the Bryant 19. Three plays later, Fike was intercepted by Malachi Graham, who was named MVP of the championship game with 55 seconds left in the half, Graham made another big play at the start of the third quarter when he forced a fumble from Fike near the goal line and Fowler returned it eight yards to the Bryant 9. The Hornets took advantage as Gannaway ran 84 yards to the Fayetteville 7 on the next play. After a false-start penalty, James Martin, who rushed for 63 yards on 15 carries, scored from 12 yards out at the 10:44 mark. Fuller’s kick was good and Bryant led 21-13 After Katcher kicked a 22-yard field goal to close it to 21-16 at the 8:18 mark of the third quarter, Graham made another big play. After a Bryant punt, Fayetteville closed to 14-13 when Fike found Jalen Blackburn, who had 5 catches for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns, down the right side for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Katchel’s kick was good, keeping the Hornets up 14-13. Four plays later, Kaiden Turner intercepted Burnett, who returned the ball 21 yards to the Bryant 37. After consecutive sacks by Gilmore and Brown, Fike threw 12 yards to Sategna and 20 yards to Blackburn, getting the ball to the Bryant 19. Three plays later, Fike was intercepted by Malachi Graham, who was named MVP of the championship game with 55 seconds left in the half, Graham made another big play at the start of the third quarter when he forced a fumble from Fike near the goal line and Fowler returned it eight yards to the Bryant 9. The Hornets took advantage as Gannaway ran 84 yards to the Fayetteville 7 on the next play. After a false-start penalty, James Martin, who rushed for 63 yards on 15 carries, scored from 12 yards out at the 10:44 mark. Fuller’s kick was good and Bryant led 21-13 After Katcher kicked a 22-yard field goal to close it to 21-16 at the 8:18 mark of the third quarter, Graham made another big play. One play later, Fike found Blackburn running over the middle for a 72-yard completion with 9:20 left in the game. Katchel’s kick was good and the Hornets lead was cut to 35-30. Fayetteville’s last scoring drive was set up when Burnett threw incomplete to Singleton on fourth-and-seven from the Bulldogs’ 34 at the 7:45 mark. “Four in a row,” James said. “Not many people have a chance to do that. When I first came here, we hadn’t been to the semifinals. I am blessed because I have great coaches and great players and have a lot of kids who are resilient and come in at 5 a.m. and lift weights. They work extremely hard and pay a big price.”...

12/5/2021

Fayetteville junior kicker Graham Witte booted a line-drive, 40-yard field goal to give Fayetteville a 23-21 lead with 4 seconds remaining. Down 21-20 to Conway with 8 seconds remaining on the clock Friday night, Fayetteville coach Casey Dick walked over to his kicker and simply asked, “Are you ready?” Without missing a beat, Graham Witte assured him, “Yeah, I’m ready.” The junior then trotted onto Harmon Field and booted a line-drive, 40-yard field goal to give Fayetteville a 23-21 lead with 4 seconds remaining. The Wampus Cats ran one last-gasp play before time expired, only to have Bulldogs linebacker Kaiden Turner intercept a pitch and return it to the end zone as the final second ticked away. The 29-21 victory propels Fayetteville to the Class 7A state championship game against Bryant, a 28-13 winner over North Little Rock in the other semifinal matchup. The Bulldogs and Hornets will go to battle next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium. “Just an unbelievable fight in our kids,” Dick said. “They didn’t give in, and they just stayed the course. That’s why I just love this group.” It was the second straight week that the Bulldogs had to come from behind in the fourth quarter, rallying to defeat Cabot last week, 34-27. “It’s just the kids, more than anything,” Dick said. “They just keep believing that they can win. I don’t know how many game-changing plays there were, but it seemed like just one after another tonight.” Fayetteville actually scored the first 20 points of the game, only to see the Wampus Cats rally with 21 unanswered. After forcing Conway to punt on the game’s opening possession, the Bulldogs gave it right back three plays later. Wampus Cat Safety Traland McClure picked off a Bladen Fike pass and returned it to the Fayetteville 8. But the Bulldog defense dug in and forced a missed 25-yard field goal attempt. Fike quickly bounced back on the Bulldogs’ second possession, beginning the drive with a 63-yard strike to Jalen Blackburn. Two plays later, he hooked up with Blackburn again, this time for a 17-yard touchdown to put Fayetteville up 7-0 midway through the first quarter. “I wasn’t going to let that pick stop me,” said Fike, who completed 28 of 45 passes in the game for 438 yards and a pair of TDs. “I just got more dialed in, and I knew they were going to give us the deep balls as long as I chopped away. I knew my receivers were going to make plays on those short routes and I was going to make plays with my feet.” Fike completed his next six pass attempts, including a 3-yard strike in the corner of the end zone to senior Isaiah Sategna, putting Fayetteville on top 13-0 with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter. Sategna, the state’s top prep recruit, who is committed to play for Arkansas, made a spectacular grab on the play. He went up high with a defender in his face, reaching around the defender to make the grab – pinning it to his opponent’s helmet as he hit the ground. “I know a lot of people think that I’m just about speed, but I really worked this past offseason on my craft as a receiver, working on the little things,” said Sategna, who caught 8 passes in the game for 136 yards. “Now, I feel like I am a more-polished pass-catcher and can go up for those 50-50 balls and come down with them.” Conway took the ensuing kickoff and marched down to the Bulldog 8, before turning the ball over on downs. Fayetteville came right back with a methodical 18-play drive, scoring on a 1-yard plunge by Turner, who scored on both sides of the ball. “The guys that don’t get the credit they deserve is our O-line,” Sategna said. “They played a heck of a game, opening holes and protecting Bladen and giving him the time that he needed to deliver the ball. I think I would give the game ball to them tonight.” Conway tailback Boogie Carr then got revved up and started breaking runs through the Fayetteville defense – rambling for 36, then 26 yards. But it was Jayllen Chambers who got the Wampus Cats on the board with a 2-yard scamper to cut the lead to 20-7 with 5:15 left in the half. Carr ran for 250 yards on 29 carries. The Fayetteville defense then stiffened up and forced Conway to turn the ball over on downs once again -- this time at the Bulldog 21 – to preserve the halftime lead. “Our defense played their best game of the whole year against a really good offense tonight,” Sategna said. “Our offense was clicking in the first half, not quite as much in the second half. But we were able to close it in the fourth quarter.” Conway blocked a Fayetteville field goal midway through the third period, which seemed to shift the momentum in favor of the Wampus Cats. Sophomore quarterback Donovyn Omolo engineered a 13-play drive, with help from a pair of pass interference penalties, to cut the lead to 20-14 on a 3-yard keeper with 1:27 to go in the third. Omolo then completed all four of his passes on the following drive, including a 12-yard strike to senior Manny Smith to give Conway its first lead of the game, 21-20 with 9:53 to play. Omolo completed 19 of his 36 passes in the game for 192 yards. An interception from Braelon Palmer gave Fayetteville an opportunity to score later in the fourth, only to turn the ball over on downs at the Wampus Cat 19. After Conway nearly put the game away with a drive to the Fayetteville 14 with under two minutes to play, Palmer came up big again, with another pick in the end zone. Fike took control and swiftly moved the Bulldogs down the field, with a key 33-yard completion to Dylan Kittell, to set up the late field goal. Blackburn led Fayetteville with 10 catches for 141 yards, while Kittell added 8 catches for 129 yards. “I think we have the four best receivers in the state, so it’s awesome to be able to throw to those guys,” Fike said. “And my offensive line just does a great job of giving me time to make the throws.”...

11/27/2021

So how does a team on the verge of elimination from the playoffs roar back in the second half to win the game? Fayetteville senior linebacker Kaiden Turner -- perhaps the biggest and baddest Bulldog of them all -- had the answer. "This team, we've got some fight in us," Turner shortly after Fayetteville rallied from a 27-6 deficit in the third quarter to win 34-27 over Cabot. "We're not going to lay down for nobody." They did not, and the Bulldogs' reward is a home game against Conway in the semifinals of the Class 7A state playoffs. The winner will face either Bryant or North Little Rock in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Fayetteville's comeback was led by Isaiah Sategna, the University of Arkansas commit who caught 17 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown. Jalen Blackburn caught two touchdown passes, including a diving reception in the end zone to put Fayetteville ahead 34-27 with 4:46 left in the fourth quarter. But Fayetteville wouldn't have won without a defense that shut Cabot down after Grant Freeman hit wide-open receiver Chandler Carter for a touchdown that put Cabot ahead 27-6 early in the third quarter. Ball game, right? Wrong. They play four quarters in football, not three. Ryan Maxwell provided a big play for Fayetteville when he came on a corner blitz and forced a fumble by Freeman, the Cabot quarterback. Fayetteville recovered to set up the touchdown pass from Bladen Fike to Blackburn to give Fayetteville its first lead of the game. Turner was a terror in the middle for Fayetteville and Sategna played at cornerback in the second half to help slow a Cabot offense led by Braden Jay, a fantastic player who caught a 73-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 9-yard score after taking a direct snap from center. "That's Isaiah," Fayetteville coach Casey Dick said. "That's just who he is." Do you like sequels? Yeah, me, too, especially Godfather 2, Rocky II, and, of course Toy Story 2. Sequels are common in Class 7A with only 16 teams and Fayetteville (9-2) and Conway (9-2) will come full circle Friday when the teams meet for the second time in a semifinal game at Harmon Field. Remember, Fayetteville beat Conway 41-24 to open the season way back on Aug. 27. That's the game where Sategna took a handoff and raced 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage for Fayetteville. Fike threw three touchdown passes, including one for 55 yards to Sategna on a play where Fike was hit hard and temporarily lost his breath after taking a hard hit. "I was freaking out at the moment not being able to breathe," Fike said nearly four months ago after that win over Conway to start the season. "But after I saw the pass was caught for a touchdown, it was a great feeling." That's the bulldog in Fike, who received his first Division I offer Middle Tennessee two weeks ago. But any final decisions on his college destination will have to wait for Fike and Fayetteville, which beat North Little Rock 53-19 at War Memorial in 2016. Beating a quality team twice in one season is difficult and Fayetteville has the added burden of being the lone survivor from the 7A-West after Conway trampled Rogers 49-0. Three-time defending state champion Bryant moved a step closer after beating Fort Smith Northside 42-10 in another quarterfinal game on Friday. I saw a video highlight where the Bryant quarterback ran over a Northside defender at the goal line then looked at him like he was a squashed bug on a windshield. Yes, they're tough. But Fayetteville is tough, too, as witnessed by its comeback victory over Cabot. Predictions? Not yet. All I know is fans expect plenty more fireworks when Conway comes calling a second time Friday at Harmon Field....

11/21/2021

It had been 58 years since the Fayetteville football team had won an outright conference championship. But that streak came to a screeching halt Friday night at Harmon Field, as the Bulldogs rolled over Springdale Har-Ber, 49-14. They finished a perfect 7-0 in the 7A-West Conference, thus claiming their first outright crown since 1963, when their lone blemish was a tie with Springdale. It is also the first time in 63 years – since 1958 -- that Fayetteville has won every conference game on its schedule. “I didn’t believe it,” Fayetteville coach Casey Dick said with a grin. “I had four or five people tell me that it had been that long, but I just thought they were wrong. But I guess it is what it is.” The Bulldogs (8-2, 7-0) controlled the ball from beginning to end, outgaining the Wildcats 483-236 in total yards. Senior quarterback Bladen Fike completed 13 of 19 passes for 125 yards and tossed three touchdowns, while adding 52 yards and one score on the ground. “He just goes out there and does what we need him to do,” Dick said. “He is able to get a lot of guys involved, spreading the ball around, and that has been big for us this year.” Fayetteville opened the game with a methodical 10-play drive, before Fike scrambled out of trouble on fourth down, and scored on a 17-yard run up the middle of the field, to put the Bulldogs up 7-0 just three minutes into game. With leading rusher Omar Murray missing his second straight game due to injury, Bulldog senior Uriel Espino seemed to have his way on the ground, racking up 117 yards on 23 carries – many of those to keep the chains moving. “Honestly, I owe it all to the O-line for opening up those holes for me to run through,” Espino said. “This has all been a team effort. This is just a well put together team, and we all keep each other up. We each do our jobs and that’s how we succeed.” The Bulldogs’ second drive ended with their only punt of the first half, as they found paydirt on their next four possessions. Capping another 10-play drive, Fike connected with Dylan Kittell for a 16-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. Har-Ber proceeded to march down to the Fayetteville 10 on the ensuing possession, until Bulldog defensive back Braelon Palmer thwarted the drive, picking off a Wildcat pass just in front of the goal line and running it out to the 17. “Our defense is playing on an elite level right now,” Dick said. “I can’t say enough about them. Those kids come out and practice hard every day, and have been a huge part of our success this year.” Fayetteville then moved the ball 83 yards in 12 plays, as Fike hit Christian Setzer for an 18-yard strike to extend the lead to 21-0. The Bulldogs used a little trickery on their next possession, as Fike through a backwards pass to Jalen Blackburn, who in turn, heaved the ball downfield to a streaking Isaiah Sategna for a 64-yard touchdown, and a 28-0 lead with 2:34 left in the first half. The speedy Sategna, rated the No. 1 player in the state, made news earlier in the week when he decided to rescind his verbal commitment to play football and run track at Oregon next season, and instead flipped his pledge to the hometown Arkansas Razorbacks. Facing stacked coverage, as he has most of the season, Sategna finished with just three catches for 74 yards. He still leads the state with 1,353 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns, including three of those on the ground. “Usually, I get double-teamed, so if I have two people on me, that usually means that somebody else is open,” Sategna said. “At times, it gets frustrating, but at the end of the game we won, and that’s what matters.” Fayetteville tacked on another score just before the intermission, when Blackburn was on the receiving end of a 9-yard pass from Fike. That made it 35-0 and initiated a running clock in the second half. “All of our guys care about each other and they understand what we are doing, so that allows us to get everybody involved,” Dick said. “They all know that teams are going to roll coverage and double-cover Isaiah, so they just go out there and execute.” Har-Ber (3-7, 3-4) opened the second half with a scoring drive, breaking the ice on a 1-yard run by quarterback Luke Buchanan, making it 35-6. Buchanan then scored again from 5 yards out early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-14. With its reserves in play, Fayetteville reached the end zone two more times in the final minutes, including a 9-yard run by Setzer. “I think we played a great game, executed and did what we were supposed to,” Sategna said. “I’ve been here for three years, and we’ve been grinding, trying to get better and better. This is the best team that we have had since I’ve been here. Finally, we were just able to put everything together.” Fayetteville has a week off before they return to Harmon Field to take on the winner of next week’s 7A playoff opener between Har-Bar and host Cabot....

11/6/2021

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