No time to take advantage of n ° 200 for Northside’s Falleur
FORT SMITH – Mike Falleur won his 200th game as head coach with relative ease on Friday night with Fort Smith Northside’s 42-0 win over Little Rock Catholic at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Sadly, in the middle of the season with an impressive three-game 7A-Central conference streak coming up, he didn’t appreciate much.
“I knew it was getting closer,” Falleur said. “I had good players and good times so the fact that I got there is good, but we have to prepare for Conway.”
On Friday, Northside welcomes Conway, ranked # 2 in the state and after a 57-21 dismantling of Cabot. Next, the Grizzlies travel to North Little Rock before returning to Mayo-Thompson to welcome Cabot. It’s a three-game streak that will determine Northside’s placement in the Class 7A playoff bracket.
Falleur, a 1980 Northside graduate, returned home when he was named head coach of the Grizzlies in December 2012 after spending 26 years as a coach in Georgia, including 21 years as a head coach at four different schools.
Falleur was hired by athletic director Jim Rowland and is the Grizzlies’ fifth-oldest coach.
THE BRIGHTNESS OF PARIS
The Eagles were forced into four quarters for the first time this season in a tough 24-14 win over Baptist Prep on Friday.
“We knew there was a good chance that would be the case,” said Paris coach Jeff Weaver. “It was a tough game for us, but we played pretty well.”
Paris held a 24-0 lead midway through the third quarter and put it on cruise control from there.
“I played it very conservatively from that point on,” Weaver said. “Our guys were out of breath late in the game. It was the first time we had to play four quarters. We were in control, but it was a hotly contested game.”
Paris had recorded five wins in the first half of the regular season. Even though the Eagles didn’t score 35 points in a 34-6 win over Johnson County Westside, the running clock was started before the end of the first quarter with the agreement of both coaches.
“Our quarterback before Friday had played eight quarterbacks of football,” Weaver said. “It’s hard to put your legs under you and stay focused throughout.”
The last half of the regular season won’t be like that.
“We knew weeks six, seven and eight were going to be tough tests,” Weaver said. “If we can pass those tests, we know it sets us up for a big nine week with Booneville, which is obviously very, very good.”
Paris held Baptist Prep 222 yards on 59 plays on Friday. Nate Henderson made 11 tackles. Beau Baine and Cooper Haley intercepted passes.
Offensively, Duke Walker ran for 122 yards and two scores. Chase Watts threw for a score and ran for a touchdown.
Paris welcome Atkins and quarterback Zach Berkemeyer, who picked up where he left off last season. Berkemeyer threw for 1,501 yards and 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions.
Southside is happening like never before.
David Sorg and George Herrell combined to throw a school record 61 assists Friday night in the 47-17 loss to Fayetteville.
Southside was already passing the ball at a record pace ahead of Friday’s record performance.
The Mavericks have attempted 275 assists this season, accounting for 69% of their offensive plays.
The last time Southside threw so much was in the first two games in 1999 under coach Barry Lunney when Josh Driscoll had 26 of 57 passes for 221 yards during the season, opening the 27- loss. 3 to El Dorado and 28 of 57 passes for 261 yards and two points in a 27-14 loss the following week in Marshall, Texas.
“For us at the time, we had a very young running back,” Driscoll said. “He was still learning our system and what we do. During the offseason Coach Lunney came to us and told us that’s who we are, we have four or five wide that can run roads and five offensive linemen coming back, that we can control the people up front, so let’s expand the offense and throw the ball up and down the field. ” Driscoll is currently an assistant coach at Alma.
“I had a group of guys that I could trust and know from working with them over the summer one-on-one with them,” Driscoll said. “I could throw the ball before they even broke and I just knew where they were going to be. It’s a great opportunity to have guys like that who are willing to work hard and who know the game and know the system. . “
Richard Bracken led the team in receiving yards that season with 615 yards on 40 catches. Scott Strom had 42 catches for 593 yards and four touchdowns, a team high. Bobby Don Meek had 32 receptions for 276 yards and Aaron Bell caught 26 passes for 220 yards.
“We were sort of in the lead at the time, the air attack,” said Bracken, who is currently an assistant coach at Northside. “We knew we were going to throw it a lot. We were pretty good there. It’s extremely exciting when you’re going to have a chance to play football that many times. You know the receivers, they want it all the time. is like a child on Christmas morning. “
Southside is leading the current airstrike on Rogers Heritage on Friday.
HOUSTON, BULLDOGS RETURN
Junior quarterback Hunter Houston returned to the field on Friday and guided the Bulldogs to a 54-17 victory over Siloam Springs.
Greenwood mounted a again balanced 540-yard offense with 340 rushing yards and six touchdowns while Houston completed 17 of 27 passes for 200 yards and a 33-yard scoring throw to Aiden Kennon.
Jake Glover won the River Valley Player of the Week award with 22 carries for 209 yards and touchdowns of 23, 54, 1 and 3 yards.
Greenwood heads to Russellville on Friday.
OZARK READY TO PLAY
The Hillbillies were inactive on Friday night and are heading home to face Mena.
When the Subiaco Academy switched to 8-a-side football last season, it left a gap in the schedule for all 4A-4 teams.
Ozark got off to a good start in the conference with Mercy Rule victories over Dardanelle and Dover.
In Ozark’s 55-24 win over Dover, running back Eli Masengale had just four carries but for 200 yards and touchdowns of 75, 18 and 67 yards.
Hackett put himself in a good position in the 3A-1.
The Hornets won at Cedarville on Friday 20-12, to remain one game behind Charleston in the standings.
Hackett only managed 238 yards of attack, with Peyton Hester catching a touchdown pass from Ethan Slavens, and Cole Ketchum and Cogan Hester adding touchdown passes.
Although the standings are rough and likely will remain so in the competitive conference, Hackett has afforded the luxury of playing three of his last four games at Bill Mills Field.
Hackett welcomes league leader Charleston on Friday.
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IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
Here are the longest-serving head coaches in Grizzlies history and their years as head coaches:
Joe Fred Young (18); 1981-1998
Ben Mayo (15); 1925-1939
Bill Stancil (13); 1957-1969
Darrell Henri (11); 2002-2012
Mike Falleur (9); 2013-present