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BENTONVILLE (KFSM) - Going into conference play undefeated certainly leaves a good taste in your mouth. That, and... "I love me some chicken." "It was nice, everybody was like, oh chicken, and then we broke the huddle and I think half the team sprinted off and the other half was just right behind them getting in line, so that was great." Bentonville is the Slim Chickens Team of the Week after a win Friday moved to 3-0 on the season. It’s a far cry from where the tigers were at this point last season, as junior Ryan Garrett remembers. "Going into the bye week 0-3 last year, everybody was sort of doubting us, even the own team sometimes." "Just for everybody’s mental state I think it’s significantly better," muses head coach Jody Grant. "Last year, we were kind of feeling down on ourselves, everybody was talking down on us, saying we weren’t gonna make it that far," remembers junior Keegan Stinespring, "and this year we have a lot of confidence." "You kind of have to climb a wall," adds senior Jackson Kinsey and this year we’re already over that wall being 3-0, so it’s just keep going, make it all the way to Little Rock. Bentonville now has to carry that momentum throug a bye week, but coach Grant likes the timing. "It gives us a chance to get healthy going into conference play, gives us a chance to spend an extra week on a conference opponent, so I think the timing of it is perfect." Of course, last year's team still went undefeated in conference play, so just imagine what a confident and well-fed Tiger team is capable of. After the week off, they'll start 7A-West play off against Har-Ber....

9/16/2019

Bentonville High School News

TIGER NATION 6:00 GATES OPEN - 7:00 KICKOFF v. Conway *NEW* Ticket Options available tonight @ Tiger Stadium $150 ADULT ALL SPORT Pass $30 STUDENT ALL SPORT Pass $50 FOOTBALL Pass Or $5 Adult / $3 Student ...

9/6/2019

Bentonville High School News

Join us at Raisin' Canes (1402 S. Walton Blvd.) on Tuesday for the first BHS Tiger Coaches Show of the school year! The show will begin at 6 p.m. and Tiger Fans are encouraged to join us and share your Tiger Pride! The show will also air live on the Tiger App and Website. We hope to see you there and Go Tigers! ...

8/26/2019

Bentonville West High School News

Coach Bryan Pratt faced the challenge of starting a team from scratch at a new high school a few years ago and has done nothing but excel since Day 1. Bentonville West advanced to the state semi-finals last season and the team is looking to take the next step to the state championship this year. The Wolverines have no intention of letting the 2019 season be a rebuilding year. Bentonville West has experience returning at the signal caller position. Dalton McDonald saw action last season when Will Jarrett was dealing with injuries. McDonald played well in the action he saw, passing for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns. McDonald had an impressive performance against Springdale last season passing for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Keeping McDonald healthy will be key to the Wolverines having a big season. The running back position will be a backfield by committee type of situation for the Wolverines. Pratt and the Wolverines have a good power running back option in Jonas Higson. Higson will get the hard-fought yards and does not shy away from contact. Three other backs will also see snaps during the year. Hunter Coggin, Carlos Hall, and Nick Whitlatch are all going to get carries, as Pratt and the Wolverines look for a consistent running back. The Wolverines have an unheralded, but talented receiving corps. Stephen Dyson is the main target for Wolverines quarterbacks. Dyson had offseason surgery but should be ready to start the season and make plays for Bentonville West. Nolan Schmidt is a physical wide receiver that has impressive hands and is a solid blocker for his teammates down the field. The receiving corps will be a group that improves as the season progresses. The defensive unit was excellent for the Wolverines in 2018. The Wolverines surrendered only 24 points per game last season and are looking to have another dominating year defensively. The defensive line is a unit for Bentonville West fans to keep an eye on this season. Landon Woolridge will hold a defensive tackle spot going into the 2019 season and he has the potential to use his quickness to disrupt the offensive backfield. The defensive line, much like the receiving corps, a group that will continue to improve as they get more playing time under their belt throughout the year. Bentonville West will lean heavily on a very talented linebacking corps. Jonas Higson is going to be a busy man, playing on both sides of the ball and dealing hits at the middle linebacker spot. Josh Poyfair is another player that Bentonville West fans will want to keep an eye on this season. Pratt has some hard hitters and smart players at the linebacker spots and this will be a fun group to watch on the defensive of the ball in 2019. The Wolverines' secondary is led by Maddux Thornton. Thornton was an all 7-A West standout last season and plays with fierce intensity. Thornton racked up 90 tackles and picked off 2 passes last season. Thornton will likely be playing on Saturdays in 2020. Brandon Humes will be depended upon to be a lockdown cornerback and take away the opposing team's best receiver. Bentonville West has some question marks, but they are a talented group and should make the playoffs again this season. Match ups will play a huge factor on how far the Wolverines advance but this should be another fun season for Bentonville West fans....

8/26/2019

Bentonville West High School News

CENTERTON (KFSM) - No one wants to have to start over, least of all a program that’s entering it’s fourth year of existence. So that’s not Bentonville West’s plan. "We don’t change what we do, we’ll still be explosive on offense, still be a big play offense." That's head coach Bryan Pratt, fresh off the school's first playoff win in 2018. Still, when you lose the likes of Jadon Jackson, Will Jarrett, and Tyrese Smallwood to graduation, it can't go unacknowledged. "Obviously we lost Jadon, he was big part of our offense and kind of the face of the football program these last few years," admits senior Nolan Schmitt. "So there’s pressure on our offense to step up and replace the role that he’s had on this team." Jonas Higson, who will shoulder the new load at running back, doesn't think much has to change. "Still pretty good, still a fast offense, lot of run and gun, kind of keep it the same as we have all year even though we’ve lost a lot of talent." And now, the most experienced Wolverines can be found not at the skill positions, but in the trenches, says senior AJ Smith. "I think the focus has definitely changed from skill to just any and all linemen on our team. There's more pressure on us, because we pretty much all come back." "It’s really a strength of our offense," adds Schmitt. "They’re able to run block really well, pass block really well, and it all starts with them." West isn't not looking to change their identity, and the goals remain lofty and local, says Schmitt. "Definitely win a state championship, and beat Bentonville. last few years, we’ve come real close and fallen short each time. But I think this year we’ve definitely got a really good shot and we’re gonna win." The Wolverines haven't lost to a 7A-West school other than Bentonville the last two years. In both of those seasons they finished conference runner-ups. Getting back to those heights will be a challenge, but the Wolverines believe they have re-tooled to go even further. It all gets going August 30th when they host Owasso....

8/24/2019

Bentonville High School News

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) - At Bentonville, winning is tradition. "From freshman, sophomore year, the coaches keep telling us over and over and over again, keep the tradition going, keep it going, protect the tradition," explains senior Jackson Kinsey. The Tigers have won 18 straight conference games, capturing the last three straight 7A-West titles. "Conference championship, state championship, beating all of our rivals, it’s all on there, so it’s just kind of more of a goal at this point," reinforces senior Ben Pankau. This off-season has been defined by a quarterback battle, with Pankau getting the first crack and junior Andrew Edwards expected to see time as well. "Our system is our system and they both run it well," says head coach Jody Grant. "They’ve both done very well, I think the competition has made them better." "It’s taken both of our games to another level," agrees Pankau. "Ben was my quarterback when I was little, like fourth fifth grade, so it’s nice to see him be a quarterback still," adds Kinsey. Of course, Ben is also an all-state safety. "We’d be crazy to have him sitting by us on the sideline when our defense is on the field," admits Grant, "so we’ll try to be strategic about that and get him out there when we can." So there should be opportunities for both quarterbacks as the Tigers look to turn their conference dominance into the ultimate goal, as senior Chris Crawford so succinctly puts it. "Win a state championship." Crawford is part of what should be an elite defense, anchoring the defensive line. It's a unit built on discipline and quickness. "We've got some experience coming back in the secondary and at linebacker, and our line appears to me like it's gonna be pretty good," says Grant. "Our defensive speed is phenomenal." And Crawford's brother Preston enters his senior season at running back fresh of an all-state performance as a junior. "He's picked up some weight this off-season, picked up some speed," observes Pankau. "I think he's just becoming more of an all-together back." So for this year's Tiger squad, a fourth straight conference title would just be a good start. The hunt begins August 31st against Midwest City....

8/23/2019

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